Steven Rhall is a conceptual artist operating from his own First Nation, white-passing, cis male, positionality. Rhall’s interdisciplinary practice responds to the intersection of the Western art canon and First Nation art practice. He interrogates modes of representation, classification and hierarchy using installation, performance, process-led methodologies, curatorial practice, sculpture, and via public & private interventions.
Rhall’s most recent practice blurs traditional lines of demarcation between artwork and audience, immersing a public as part of his work and sometimes as author. This interest in ‘audience as form’ engenders questions and new understandings about the role of art and its relationship to public and place. Rhall’s multifaceted Event / Effect (2018) engaged the general community via entering the vernacular of the commercial shopping strip and the local Aboriginal community via conversation. Rhall’s major 2016 Public Art Melbourne commission Gesture (70 degrees East), New Day Rising engaged the community directly in the use of mirrored surfaces and their presence inside the work enabling its activation.
Rhall exhibits internationally, lectures at the Victorian College of the Arts, is a PhD candidate at Monash University and lives in Narrm (Melbourne), Australia. To read more about Steven Rhall’s practice please visit his website.
Image of Steven Rhall by James Henry