A settlement upon presumption (ladder)

2020–ongoing

Engraved aluminium, recuperated gallery possession in agreement with Geoff Newton c/o Neon Parc, stainless steel bolts

194 x 92 x 51cm

A settlement upon presumption (drum sander kit)

2020–ongoing

Engraved aluminium, recuperated gallery possession in agreement with Geoff Newton c/o Neon Parc, stainless steel bolts

31 x 28.5 x 7.5cm

A settlement upon presumption (door)

2020–ongoing
Engraved aluminium, recuperated gallery possession in agreement with Hayden Stewart c/o Haydens, stainless steel bolts

198 x 68 x 10cm

A settlement upon presumption is an ongoing work that navigates the transfer of property in various ways. Starting from the fictional character of Isabelle Kubíková—a combination of my first name and my mother's maiden name—it relies on the permanent application of plaques commemorating her (non)existence to possessions belonging to the site of exhibition. Drawing on marital property rights from Czechoslovakia, which were surprisingly collective (due to the Communist influence), the work sets the artist and the gallery in a relation of mutuality, whereby an agreement surrounding a transfer of ownership over the donated property must be arrived at together first. Through doing so, the work playfully inverts the historical denial of female ownership (both in name and in the material sense) as a way to incrementally build up a body of assets for Isabelle Kubíková herself.

This work was exhibited in 1991, a group exhibition curated by Geoff Newton held across Neon Parc, Melbourne, and Haydens, Melbourne,  running from 7 February – 7 March, 2020. 

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