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Charlie Sofo is our Visual Resident for 2016

Charlie Sofo is the artist selected for Visual Residency program 2016

We are delighted to announce that Charlie Sofo has been selected to be the Monash University Prato Centre Visual Resident for 2016. 

Exhibiting in group and solo shows since 2005, Charlie Sofo combines a variety of media including sculpture, video, installation, drawing and text. Primarily concerned with the documentation and cataloguing of experiences – street walks and the variety of odours found in suburbs, the detritus removed from his running shoes, a video catalogue of lounging cats – Sofo’s taxonomic aesthetic is precise and humorous.

A selection of Sofo’s work was included under the title Fields (2010-11) in Unguided Tours: Anne Landa Award for Video and New Media Arts 2011 at the Art Gallery of NSW. Two video components of the installation were Touch (2010-11) – a record of the hands of the artists encountering a variety of natural and artificial textures – and I Wander (2010), a documentation of the artist walking through the backstreets and parks of the Melbourne suburb of Northcote.

In addition to being the recipient  of several awards and grants, Charlie Sofo recently held solo exhibitions including Set, at the Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney, 2015 and the Gertrude Contemporary, Studio 12, Melbourne, 2014.

The MUPC Visual Residency Program is a collaborative initiative between the Monash Prato Centre and MADA, the Monash Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture. It highlights the University’s commitment to contemporary art, design and architecture and to building an international profile in creative practice and research. Charlie Sofo will begin the three-month residency in September 2016.

Artistic handover between visual residents: Laresa Kosloff and Charlie Sofo exhibiting together in Melbourne 

The Monash Prato Centre is delighted to see the 2016 visual resident Charlie Sofo and the 2015 visual resident Laresa Kosloff both exhibiting, together with artists Michael Georgetti and Larissa Hjorth, in Mind Craft, a collaborative exhibition that draws on the idea of play as an activity of enjoyment. The exhibition opened in February 2016 at Maroondah Gallery in Melbourne.  While Sofo will show his recent work Rooftop Solar, Kosloff will present Lets do something, a multidisciplinary work produced in Prato as the result of her three-month residency at the Monash Prato Centre. Lets do something  was shown for the first time in Prato in November 2015 as an interactive project which involved locals and the artistic community in Prato.