25.05.2016 – 11.06.2016
I was looking for an angle to describe my exhibition Att: Main Reception, Level 1, 12 Waratah Pl, Melbourne VIC 3000. So I googled “dread” and
“anticipation” but somehow hit Enter before typing in “Virginia Woolf”. The top search result was un Bloomsbury yet sweetly coincidental: Adam Kucharski’s essay “The Science of Dread: anticipating pain makes it worse.”
Kucharski cites researchers who “looked at what happens when people can delay a painful experience much further into the future. The participants were given a hypothetical scenario in which they had to schedule an appointment for a painful dental procedure…”
Dr Adam Kucharski
Research Fellow in Mathematical
Epidemiology, London School of
Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.
Dear Dr Kucharski,
In your 2013 article “The Science of Dread” you suggest dread could be a form of “stimulus substitution”. Perhaps you and your team would be interested in my most recent research on this topic?
If you are in Melbourne May 25- June 11 2016, I invite you to examine artworks of teeth and feet in my exhibition: Att: Main Reception, Level 1,
12 Waratah Pl, Melbourne VIC 3000.
As you enter from street level mind the large step. It requires an upward lunge and, for me, a very deep breath that I hold for the entire climb to
Level 1. This quells the ‘episodes’ where my heart quickens and my conscience stirs on the brink of doing something bad. Bad bad, like that
time at the embassy in Budapest or the library in Kraków. Impatience so bad you want it over. Done with. Now.
Lou Hubbard makes assemblage sculptures, videos, photos, drawings, and collages that focus on the dynamics of training, submission and the
aesthetics of sentimentality. Objects such as horses, eyeballs, teeth and shoes, are tried and tested, subjected to acts of duress like teetering,
submerging and excising. Sometimes domestic furnishings are collapsed into sculptural collages suggesting compression and intimacy. Her
‘operations’ are displayed with surgical precision in a theatre of cockeyed formalism.
Hubbard has exhibited since 2000 in solo and group exhibitions across Australia, as well as Hong Kong, Edinburgh, Auckland, Rome, Seoul,
Shanghai, Berlin, Manila, Portland (Oregon), Istanbul. Major exhibitions include the Perth International Arts Festival 2008, Making It New Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney 2009, NEW 10 Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Reinventing the Wheel: the Readymade Century MUMA 2013, Melbourne NOW, National Gallery of Victoria, Dead Still Standing occupying West Space Melbourne, Neverwhere, Gaia Gallery Istanbul and Lurid Beauty: Australian Surrealism and its Echoes 2015.
Hubbard is the recipient of Australia Council Residencies, Paris (Citè) and Barcelona and AIR Antwerp, Belgium. She is currently the Head of
Photography at the Victorian College of the Arts and is represented by Sarah Scout Presents Melbourne.
Image: Lou Hubbard | (Digital Photograph), 2016, Courtesy Sarah Scout Presents Melbourne