Agatha Gothe-Snape's practice stems from improvisational performance. It draws upon and records interpersonal and spatio-emotional exchanges around art and art contexts. It takes many forms: performances (including dance), PowerPoint slide shows, workshops, texts (including correspondence, found texts as well as texts of a poetic character), visual scores and collaboratively produced art objects. It is marked by a minimal idealisation of colour and language and a frontal visual tactility. It results from agency being given to impulsive responses. Her process is without fixed limits and fosters transparency. The work inhabits spaces that are both physical and non-physical. It occupies thresholds that are negotiable.
Gothe-Snape (b. 1980, Sydney) has a solo exhibition, Oh Window, at the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, her first solo exhibition in Japan and the first time an Australian artist has presented a solo exhibition at MAM. For Oh Window - MAM Project 023, curated by Haruko Kumakura, Gothe-Snape has interpreted the view of Tokyo from the Roppongi Hills Mori Tower venue along with the MAM motto, as a metaphor for the ‘Life’ of ‘Art + Life’ to create a number of imaginary ‘windows’ in the windowless exhibition space. The exhibition has developed from conversations between Gothe-Snape and Museum staff and discoveries the artist has made around the Roppongi Hills area. Exhibition dates 04/02/17 - 11/06/17.
In March 2017, Gothe-Snape is undertaking a major new work commissioned for the inaugural mutli-venue biennial, The National - New Australian Art. The National is being co-hosted by the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Carriageworks and the Museum of Contemporary Art Austraila (all Sydney venues).
Gothe-Snape has exhibited in major international biennales including the 20th Biennale of Sydney, curated by Stephanie Rosenthal (2016), PERFORMA, New York curated by RoseLee Goldberg (2015) and the 8th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, curated by Juan A. Gaitan (2014).
Gothe-Snape has been awarded the second Biennale Legacy Artwork commission. The Legacy Artwork commission is being jointly commissioned by the Biennale of Sydney and the City of Sydney. The resulting work, 'Here, an Echo', will be a large text piece installed in Wemyss Lane, Surry Hills, and will partly use a series of walks conducted by Gothe-Snape and Brooke Stamp during the Biennale as an improvisational source.
She has completed several major public artwork commissions including The Scheme was a Blueprint for Future Development Programs, 2015, at Monash University's Caulfield Campus in Melbourne as well as an interactive POWERPOINT-based work for the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia's National Centre for Creative Learning.
Group exhibitions in Australia include Endless Circulation – TarraWarra Biennial 2016 (as Wrong Solo with Brian Fuata), curated by Helen Hughes and Victoria Lynne; Art as Verb, at Monash University Museum of Art (traveling to Artspace, Sydney) (2014); Trace: Performance and its Documents, curated by Bree Richards, at Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane (2014); Melbourne Now at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; Reinventing the Wheel: The Readymade Century, curated by Max Delany with Charlotte Day, Francis E. Parker and Patrice Sharkey at Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne; Octopus 13, curated by Glenn Barkley, at Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne (all 2013); Contemporary Australia: Women, curated by Julie Ewington et al at Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane; MCA Collection Volume 1, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (both 2012); Power to the People, Contemporary Conceptualism and the Object in Art, curated by Hannah Matthews at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne (2011); Primavera, curated by Katie Dyer at the Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney and New 010, curated by Hannah Matthews at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne (both 2010).
In 2013, she exhibited a two-channel video installation and dance score (collaboration with choreographer, Brooke Stamp), Inexhaustible Present, in a two-person exhibition, Taking form, with New Zealand artist, Sriwhana Spong, at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Level Two Contemporary Project Space (curated by Anneke Jaspers). She was commissioned by the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority to create IT HOLDS UP, a temporal, temporary collaborative work with New Zealand artist, Mike Hewson, on the facade of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia; she exhibited in INexactly THIS - Kunstvlaai: Festival of Independents in Amsterdam as part of the presentation by (Sydney's) Society (aka Susan Gibb); She completed a Drawing Wall project at Shepparton Art Museum (curated by Elise Routledge), had a solo exhibition at The Physics Room in Christchurch, New Zealand and a solo exhibition, Late Sculpture, at The Commercial Gallery, Sydney (all 2013).
Gothe-Snape's work is held in a number of public collections in Australia, including the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; Campbelltown Arts Centre, Sydney; the Cruthers Collection of Women’s Art at the University of Western Australia, Perth; Griffith University Art Collection, Brisbane; Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne; Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne; the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia; the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne and the University of Technology Sydney Collection.
Gothe-Snape’s ongoing series POWERPOINTS, is a subscription-based catalogue that is purchased as an entire series (for a one-off fee of AUD 800.00). POWERPOINTS subscriptions are updated periodically with releases of new works at no extra cost to subscribers. POWERPOINTS are a numbered, open edition. POWERPOINTS are supplied to subscribers initially on a customised USB card with updates distributed by email. There were forty-six works in the last release of the POWERPOINTS Catalogue.
Gothe-Snape is actively involved in Wrong Solo, a collaborative performance group that she began in 2006 with fellow Sydney artist, Brian Fuata. From 2013-2015, she was a studio resident at Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne. She was recently awarded a 12-month free studio at Artspace, Sydney, for 2017.