Laresa Kosloff makes performative videos, Super 8 films, hand-drawn animations, sculptures, installations and live performance works. Her practice examines various representational strategies, each one linked by an interest in the body and its agency within the everyday. Recent artworks have involved a variety of participants including lawn bowlers, celebrity artists, museum visitors, personal trainers, voice actors and local residents in Prato, Italy. Recurrent themes in Kosloff’s work include humour and tension between received cultural values, individual agency and free will.
Kosloff has produced several artworks that explore the symbolic dimension of sport including a collaborative project with Andy Thomson,The Green Text in 2011. The project was commissioned by the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) and involved working closely with the Natimuk Lawn Bowling Club to develop a live event and a video work. The project was subsequently selected for the Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art and re-staged at the Partickhill Bowling Club, Glasgow in 2012. More recently, the artist worked with local residents in Prato, Italy to create a humorous video work inspired by the social quality of public life in the small town, as well as Italian soap operas. In 2017 Kosloff wrote and professionally recorded a series of quirky public announcements that were broadcast at Federation Square as part of the Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture. These and other projects reflect Kosloff’s ongoing interest in a context-specific approach, as well as the creative possibilities of socially engaged art.
Kosloff has held solo exhibitions at the Monash Prato Centre, Italy (2015); MUMA (2014); Margaret Lawrence Gallery (2012); Anna Schwartz gallery, Melbourne (2011); Artspace, Sydney (2009); ACCA @ Mirka, Melbourne (2008); and several ARI’s including Ocular Lab, Westspace and TCB. She has participated in numerous curated exhibitions including the Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture (2017); Design & Play, RMIT Design Hub (2016); Art as a Verb, MUMA and Artspace Sydney (2014-15); The Anne Landa Award for Video and New Media Art, Art Gallery of NSW (2013); Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art, UK (2012); ACCA Pop-Up Project, 54th Venice Biennale, Italy (2011); Social Sculpture, Anna Schwartz gallery, Sydney (2011); The 4th Auckland Triennial, Auckland (2010); Still Vast Reserves, Magazinno D’Arte Moderna, Rome (2009); Ecstatic City Multiplex Program, NGV, Melbourne (2008); U-Turn, Glendale Art College, Los Angeles (2007), New ’06, ACCA, Melbourne (2006); Truth Universally Acknowledged, ACCA, Melbourne (2005); and Plasticine Park, Melbourne International Arts Festival, ACMI (2003).
To read more about Laresa Kosloff’s practice please visit her website.
Image Laresa Kosloff by Judy Kosloff