Rob Ball - Art, Community Cultural Development & Placemaking
ARTIST IN RESIDENCE (UPCOMING)
December 2015/January 2016 - Studio Kura, Fukuoka JAPAN.
EXHIBITION - What's your cape?
6 JUNE - 27 JULY 2014
INCINERATOR GALLERY, MEL

What’s your cape? is a series of workshops for gallery visitors where they can participate in the act of cosplay: dressing up in costumes and accessories to represent a specific idea or character, usually from popular culture. Ball will explore different subcultures each week and the costumes, props and portraits of participants will be on display and grow over the duration of the exhibition.
NB: this exhibition changes its theme each week and has an accompanying children’s workshop.
http://mvcc.vic.gov.au/experience-moonee-valley/arts-and-culture/incinerator-gallery/what-is-on-at-the-incinerator-gallery.aspx
RESEARCHER IN RESIDENCE
1 - 30 APRIL 2014
FOOTSCRAY ARTS CENTRE, MEL

Over one month on the banks of the Maribyrnong River, I'll be extending research into the escapological phenomena of costume play (aka cosplay). The research will generate opportunities to collaborate with people connected to a range of cosplay scenes. An outcome of the research will be presented at the Incinerator Gallery in June 2014.
GROUP SHOW - CAUSAL RELATIONS
9 MAY 2013 - 30 JUNE 2013
FOOTSCRAY ARTS CENTRE, MEL

Curated by Robert Mangion.
Six artists present works that explore relational causality and generate various encounters that allow for a range of transformative actions. The project explores rationality and the affinity towards the participating subject(s). Moreover, it investigates relational causality as a practice in art, which embraces the viewer, relational events and the viewing field.
GROUP SHOW: CAMPUS
24 APRIL - 3 MAY 2013
GEORGE PATON GALLERY, MEL

Curated by Alison Lasek, Campus is a group exhibition that proposes to explore the university grounds as a site of unique social and behavioral phenomena. Four contributing artists (myself, Teresa Blake, Georgina Lee & Rebecca Monaghan) employ diverse strategies to observe, document and/or engage the campus community. The exhibition aims to challenge curatorial notions of art in and outside traditional spaces, while also exploring and contesting the aesthetics of socially-engaged art.

SOLO SHOW: Trocadero billBOARD
DEC 2012 - MAY 2013
OPENING SAT 1 DEC 2012, 4 - 6PM
TROCADERO ART SPACE

Set Top Drop Box has been installed on Tracadero Artspace's billBOARD in the heart of Footscray in West Melbourne. Details: http://www.trocaderoartspace.com.au/

GROUP SHOW: Sculpture 2012 - Brave New World
NOW SHOWING UNTIL MARCH 13, 2013
TOYOTA COMMUNITY SPIRIT GALLERY

Brave New World is the eighth annual exhibition showcasing the diversity and excellence of sculpture practice in Victoria. The exhibition was opened on 27 November by Professor Callum Morton, Head of Fine Art, MADA (Monash Art Design & Architecture).

SET TOP DROP BOX, a digital image, has been included in the Toyota Community Spirit Sculpture Exhibition program. The artwork challenges notions of sculpture by presenting a photograph of an action-based relational event, rather than a 3D object. Details: http://www.watcharts.com.au/toyota.html

GROUP SHOW: Speed-Space
22 NOVEMBER – 14 DECEMBER 2012
OFF THE KERB GALLERY

We live in a world where time appears to accelerate. The rapid pace of technological development, in fields of communications and transportation in particular, has compacted our experience of time and space. Are we at war with time or do we transition to emulate our perception of time’s velocity? “Speed –Space” explores four artists' experiences of our time-space compression. Details: http://www.offthekerb.com.au/exhibitions.htm

SOLO SHOW - RECAST: AKIHABARA
24 OCTOBER - 14 NOVEMBER 2012
c3 CONTEMPORARY ART SPACE

RECAST: AKIHABARA aims to stimulate curatorial propositions in relation to visual experimentation, relational aesthetics and global economies simulated by consumerism.

During an artist residency at 3331 Arts Chiyoda, Tokyo, I engaged Japanese residents in sculptural mould making production to cast locally produced outmoded technology. I then assembled and photographed the cast objects in public spaces throughout Akihabara, a retail hub renowned for sales of electronic goods.

The exhibition presents a series of photographs that document these relational events. Throughout the exhibition period I will recast the objects presented in the photographs to create a fluid art space where the relationship between thinking and making is open-ended. Details: http://c3artspace.blogspot.com.au/