New work at Artereal Gallery opened 7th Sept….
HOWLING AT THE MOON is a paired pasteup and a flyscreen mesh work on linen operating in dialogue between the street and the gallery.
7th Sept- 1st Oct
747 Darling Street, Rozelle
2016 seems to have shaped up as a year of geopolitical anxiety. Locally and globally events have been occurring that are unhappy, unanticipated, inexplicable or unwanted. The politics of a double dissolution, Brexit, Trumpism, ISIS- the list goes on.
Initially in response to the increasingly anxious events I tried to disengage and stop paying attention- to *unsubscribe* and instead engage with human interest narratives, word plays and even kitten videos.
Instead, after the kitten videos finished I found myself watching animal fights and politicians’ shenanigans. So I decided to metaphorically pick the scab, and make a work about the current moment of anxiety in contemporary culture, a response to the seemingly irreconcilable conflicting forces in society, politics and the economy.
HOWLING AT THE MOON is this work.
In this lo-fi pasteup, using images from the internet and sourced photos, the (human) hands of a clock, constructions sites, politicians and traffic jams are circumscribed by police, armies and shamanic raven feathers. This half moon of anxiety is flanked by a chained wolf and a caged dingo, howling from the outside to that within.
The paired work, Buy-In-Sell-Out is made from fibreglass mesh, spraypaint and black feathers, on linen, and uses related imagery- rendering a juxtaposition of wolf and bear heads, snake skeletons, building scaffolding and fragments of jewellery in fibreglass mesh, combined with theatrically shamanic black feathers and a spray paint gash. The text, ‘buy in’ and the matching title, has an intentional dual meaning- referring both to straightforward and common fiscal transaction/s, or an emotional response- being sold a story.