Michael bugelli gallery is pleased to present new work by jacobus capone. born and based in perth, western australia, capone maintains a practice that incorporates performance, photography, video installation, painting and site-specific work. in 2007, he traversed australia by foot, in order to pour water from the indian ocean into the pacific.
his work is characteristically evocative and poetic, frequently combining physically demanding durational performances with majestic, sublime landscapes. he has featured in a range of prestigious solo and group exhibitions, most recently at the perth institute of contemporary art (pica), which presented his forgiving night for day as part of the 2017 perth international arts festival. his work was aslo included in new16 at the australian centre for contemporary art, melbourne and in primavera 2017 at the museum of contemporary art, sydney.
double enigma is capone's first solo exhibition in hobart and will also be michael bugelli gallery’s inaugural exhibition with the artist. It will be shown in our new off-site ‘pop-up gallery’ next door, in the old mercury building’s tunnel, next to Franklin restaurant.
the featured multi-channel video work double enigma (assisted by the australian government through the australia council, and the western australian government) was a three-part pilgrimage undertaken by capone over a period of two years. as the artist says, the work was “a futile yet poetic journey unfolding across two islands on opposite sides of the globe”.
water was taken from an undisclosed glacial lake in tasmania, boiled down to a drop and then sealed and carried to 78 degrees north in the arctic. this sample of water was then taken to the depths of an unnamed glacial ice cave where it froze and was left to remain. a portion of ice from the same cave was collected, boiled down to a drop, sealed and carried back to the initial lake in tasmania where it was released.
the body of work to be exhibited showcases part of the delicate exchange between these two islands. unfolding at specific locations and elevations the project embraces geological time whilst navigating ecological grief. initially instigated in tasmania components of the project acts as ‘callings’ to be reconciled in the arctic environment, and finally laid to rest back in tasmania where the project began.
double enigma is presented during dark mofo and brings together capone’s newest large format photographic works, multi-channel video, single-channel videos and objects/artefacts.