Goat Study, the first in Utopian Slumps' new project series from Linda Tegg, will take place in the gallery's rear Project Room from 11 to 26 May 2012.
Linda Tegg’s practice is characterised by an element of almost scientific enquiry and observation as the attentive, sober eye of the camera follows the object under investigation. By confronting the subject observed with a specific, often staged, setting, the documentation is given a certain direction that ultimately leads to the question of Tegg’s study.
Through Goat Study Tegg questions the clichés surrounding her subject as well as the production of meaning in art. In this series of video and photographic investigations, the Centre d’Art Neuchatel, Switzerland, is populated with a small herd of goats. The goats stand in various configurations within the white void while one young goat balances upon a strange triangular plinth. As Tegg’s camera circles the young goat moves in place to keep the observer within its view.
Tegg often uses highly trained animals in her work to create a sophisticated interplay between ‘real’ and ‘performed’ behaviour. These explorations are designed to get us closer to an understanding of how we frame reality and the experiences on which we draw to do so. For centuries the goat has been cast as a symbol of unruliness, lust and Satan, or simply commodified. While the goats in this work bring with them their place in folklore and art history they too offer the prospect and awareness of perceptual systems that create alternative realities beyond our understanding.
Tegg completed a Bachelor of Arts (Photography) at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in 2002, participating in the Parsons School of Design Program in New York from 2001-02. She competed a Master of Visual Arts in 2008 and a Master of Fine Art at the Victorian College of the Arts 2010. Tegg has exhibited across Australia, Switzerland, Japan, New York, Mexico and The Netherlands. Recent solo exhibitions include Animal Studies, Alpineum Produzentengalerie, Luzern, 2011; Unknown Animal, Echo Galeria, Mexico City, 2011; Horse Video Study, Neue Gallery, Bern, 2010; Heart Rate Project, Kings ARI, Melbourne, 2007; and Heart Rate Project, Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia Project Space, South Australia, 2007. Selected group exhibitions include Black Box White Cube, The Arts Centre, 2011; Self Timer / Dancer, Sutton Project Space; Enclosure, Alliance Francaise, Melbourne, 2009; Sunstroked, HetWildeWeten, Rotterdam, 2007; Bus & Phatspace Project, Designfesta, Tokyo, 2005; Through a Stranger’s Eyes, Arts-Apporia, Osaka, 2005; Moments of Clarity, Sotheby’s, New York, 2003; and Life of the City, Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2002. Tegg was recipient of the KPMG Art Award, 2010; the Australian Postgraduate award, 2009-10; the Keith and Elisabeth Murdoch Travelling Fellowship 2009; and the National Gallery Women’s Association Postgraduate Encouragement Award, the Alliance Francaise Award, Fiona Myer Award and ANZ Art Award People’s Choice, 2008.