GESTURE & PRESENCE // Jacobus Capone & Madison Bycroft


Installation, performance documentation, photography and live performance with two of Australia’s contemporary art dynamos.

GESTURE & PRESENCE: Jacobus Capone & Madison Bycroft 
OPENING 6pm Friday 4 NOVEMBER 2016 

For the full exhibition essay and catalogue click here.

Grounded in performance art practice Jacobus Capone and Madison Bycroft’s work takes the form of live performance and performance documentation, photography, video and sculptural installation. Both artists use their practice to inquire deeply into the human condition and experiences more often spoken about in philosophy and poetry: the emotional, the spiritual, the unconscious. 

The relationship between the personal and the universal self, the animate and inanimate, the earth and its elemental and energetic forces; is explored experientially by the artists, becoming the basis for visually stunning, hypnotic and deeply evocative work. 

Opening night will see artist Madison Bycroft perform the new work The Neo-Zoological Drama, developed during a four week residency at The Lock-Up. Featuring artists Gillian Adamson, Caitlin Dempsey, Mel O'Dell and Melbourne based musician and producer Angela Schilling and filmed around some familiar Newcastle locations, the work is inspired by Jean Painleve’s surrealist text of the same name. 


 Madison Bycroft is an emerging artist from Adelaide, South Australia whose multimedia practice, including video, sculpture, ceramics and performance. She completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts with First Class Honours at the University of South Australia in 2012. In 2014 Bycroft was featured in the Primavera, the Museum of Contemporary Art’s annual showcase of emerging artists and was the recipient of the coveted Samstag Scholarship. Gesture & Presence is Bycroft’s first exhibition in Australia since completing her Masters of Fine Art at the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam, Netherlands as part of her Samstag Scholarship.


Jacobus Capone is a Perth based artist working within durational performance, installation, painting and video who completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts at Edith Cowan University WA in 2007. Capone has extensively exhibited and performed nationally and internationally and been the recipient of multiple grants, scholarships ad residencies that have taken him and his work to places as diverse as New York, Berlin, Iceland, Greenland, Poland, Italy and South Korea. Capone performed in The Lock-Up’s landmark endurance performance exhibition Enduring Parallels in 2014 and in 2016 was recently featured in NEW2016 at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art in Melbourne. 

IMAGE:  Jacobus Capone Dark Learning (act 17) 2015.