OCTOBER ARTIST 2010 

MICHAELA GLEAVE 

BORN 1980 AUSTRALIA

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SuperKaleidoscope presents emerging Australian artist Michaela Gleave

As day becomes night, impossible becomes possible. This is the message emanating from Michaela Gleave's neon installation, Alles ist Möglich (Everything is possible).


Nestled in the rich green undergrowth of one of Berlin's many abandoned commercial sites, the artwork affects it transformation at dusk, illuminating the word possible from what has, in daylight, read impossible. 

Optimism is a constant feature of Gleave's work that often invokes a child-like sense of delight in the world.  Take for example her installation, Cloud Field (Föhn Bank), in which participants were invited to explore the dreamlike sensation of walking through a room filled with cloud-like vapours. Snowfield, made possible the experience of snow in an Australian city in summer. Through these works, Gleave strives to redefine what we imagine possible, turning unattainable experience into reality.

The optimism underpinning Gleave's investigations is neither naive nor uninformed, but is born from an intuitive sense of fearlessness and curiosity. Her art is playful and adventurous and its simple poetry encourages the viewer to consider a world of endless possibility.

Text by Kim Fasher. 

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Michaela Gleave Alles ist Möglich, 2010. Documentation of event, neon light, pine, car battery, inverter.

This event occurred on the 22/09/10 in an as yet undeveloped section of the former ‘dead zone’ between East and West Berlin.  At the time of execution the land was privately owned but left open for public use.

Photograph: Romy Pocztaruk. © All rights reserved.

With thanks to Eileen Cubbage, Ed Whalan and Anna Steele.

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