YINJAA BARNI
SAM DOCTOR
JOHN A DOUGLAS
EMMA FINNERAN
NATHAN HAWKES
ANDRE HEMER
HARLEY IVES
JAMES KERR
JASPER KNIGHT
ADDISON MARSHALL
TARA MARYNOWSKY
MATHEW MCWILLIAMS
KATE MITCHELL
JAMES ORAM
ALEXANDRA STANDEN
OLIVER WATTS
MARK WHALEN
TRENT WHITEHEAD
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Oliver Watts is a conceptual artist who works across a variety of media, writing and translation. His conceptualism is a research based, archivism that particularly questions the nexus of art and law. How do images command? What is the socio-legal power of art? How does law respond to the image?

Since 2008 Watts has archived and translated the Dada Barres Trial of 1921. The translation was presented at the Glasgow AAH conference in 2010. Toby Schmitz also collaborated with Watts to reprise his role of Tristan Tzara (STC, Travesties) in a series of video performances to explore the Barres Trial's poetry. In 2011 Watts finalised the series with a completed paper cut collage animation and exhibition. Watts has also looked at the question of imaging the competing sovereignties in Australian law. His interests range from the geopolitics of landscape painting to portraiture, to aping and satirising colonial myths to cartoon and caricature (The Chaser Newspaper). 'Three Suns' (2010) and 'The Studio of Kafka's Painter' (2011) at Helen Gory, Melbourne used painting and performance to explore these issues. Recently he has collaborated with Tim Gregory, as Gregory & Watts, a conceptual duo that uses audio guides, lectures and other forms to create art. Gregory & Watts have recently been part of Gary Carsely's D95 Project (Griffith University Art Gallery and Artspace); The Prague Quadrennial in collaboration with UTS; and Oxford Art Factory in a performance as commentary on the royal wedding (also a video).

In his work Watts uncovers the strange and wonderful ideological images and performances that underpin our society, from law to religion; from sport to racial violence. His work proposes that art has a subversive part to play within these frameworks of power.