Presented by Luke George at Hope St Radio
Just a hole
Obsessed with rope as a medium, Luke George entangles craft with kink to playfully unpick social tensions and connectivity. A kind of hard-soft. Through the DISPLAYS OF AFFECTION series, Luke explores queer social choreographies and the queering of public and private spaces. The installations and interventions consider the fragility and temporality of these intimacies, glimpsing traces of bodies lingering and loitering in space and time; non-verbal dances of anticipation, tensions and subtle signals; weaving desire-lines through unsuspecting spaces.
*Opening Launch Event will include exhibition of DISPLAY OF AFFECTION #4 SOFT OPENING and #1 THE SLING, as well as kink-macramé items available for purchase in Luke’s CraftyFkr store in the Stay Soft Markets.
LUKE GEORGE (he/they) is a performance and installation artist and ropeworker. Luke resides, creates and plays on Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Country in Naarm (Melbourne). Luke’s practice is informed by queer politics, whereby people are neither singular nor isolated; bodies of difference can intersect, practice mutual listening, take responsibility for themselves and one another. Luke’s artworks explore risk and intimacy and employ daring and at times, unorthodox methods, to create further possibilities for artist and audience to encounter each other. The main focus of Luke’s 20-year artistic practice has primarily been in dance, experimental and participatory performance. Not being able to perform and travel during Covid, Luke’s practice has been expanding to further include visually based approaches such as working with craft and installation to explore intimacy, queerness and desire. Luke’s work takes him across Australia, Asia, Europe and North America, with notable presentations at the Venice Biennale, National of Singapore, Rencontres chorégraphiques de Seine-Saint-Denis (Paris), Time Based Art Festival (Portland) and many more. His most recent creation STILL LIVES: MELBOURNE was commissioned for RISING 2022 and presented by the National Gallery of Victoria.
Luke George’s creative development of DISPLAY OF AFFECTION #4 is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria and was originally commissioned by The Bearded Tit for the Thotful exhibition. Luke George is supported by City of Yarra’s Room to Create Program to be an artist-tenant at The Collingwood Yards.
35 Johnston Street
At level, no-step, access to the courtyard is via entrance 35A Johnston Street and 30A Perry Street. Both paths have sections with even cobblestone paving . You can also gain access to the courtyard from entrances 35B and 35C Johnston Street and 30B Perry Street via the taking the Perry Street Lift to Level UG. Best paths of access are marked on this map.
The central shaded portion of the courtyard is a gravel surface. The surrounding area is paved and wheelchair accessible, however shade and cover is limited.
The closest accessible toilets can be found off the service corridor inside Level UG of the Perry Street Building. These toilets are fitted with grab rails.