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Juan Fords recent exhibition Clone is a series of portraits of doppelgangers trapped within neo-realistic hallucinatory environments that are rich in attributes taken from technological culture. The juxtaposition of traditional painterly portraiture with objects taken from recent technologies uncovers the sense of mystery that these new technologies provide for us. Trotter looks at Fords practice within the context of our post-modern society, discussing relevant issues of capitalist culture as narcissistic and the breakdown of a consistent personal identity within it.
Published March 2002
Bestiality has been a theme in Bronwyn Plattens recent work, with the exhibition The Museum of Love and Romance presents: The Big Horse and other stories... at South Australias Contemporary Art Centre, including works which negotiated this concept. Imagery and ideas for the exhibition were drawn from Plattens extensive research into collections of erotic art in Japan, China, America and the United Kingdom during 2001. This text explores the complex, contradictory and perplexing nature of bestiality and attempts to explain why, despite its status as taboo, it remains a subject worthy of exploration.
Anne Quain is a veterinary student living in Sydney and through this text explores the notion of animal/human relationships and the cloning of adult animals. This idea is discussed in the context of contemporary consumer society, and the question is raised: Might replacing a body become an economically more feasible alternative to treating an existing body? Would animals become disposable? Although she is here referring to a process having only been explored through fiction, she makes the point that it may not be far off.
November 30 - December 9 2001
Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
10 November 2001 10 February 2002
This text is concerned with the notion of animal and human hybridity, as examined in a historical and contemporary context through the myth of King Minos of Crete and more recently the work of artists such as Damien Hirst and John Kelly. From the shadowy overlap between species that the minotaur depicts to such contemporary models of animal/ human formation as the fictitious Spiderman, such figures of the imagination remind us of the diminishing gap between science fact and science fiction.
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
7 December 2001 - 3 February 2002
Steven Hollands pests/pets, DEED and being are a part of an ongoing series of ephemeral investigations into the representation of animal life. Underlining this is an exploration into the act of looking and the dominance of human vision. Holland was born in Dwellingup, WA, and studied at Curtin University, Canberra School of Art and at the Royal College of Art.
Jane Trengoves new paintings of monkey faces are the latest work in her long investigation into the human/animal interface. Trengoves intention with her series Looking Back is to grasp the moment of recognition from the human point of view and reverse the subject and object positions of the gaze. Trengove was born in Melbourne and studied at East Sydney Tech and at the Victorian College of the Arts.
Katrina Virgona, John Vella, Bree Riseborough, Julie Gough, Maria Ainsley, Ian Blamey, Linda Vujcich, Brigita Ozolins, Hadass Schlagman, Andy Jones, Donna Ettrick and Rachel Guy.
FOYeR Installation Space, Hobart
13 December - 12 January 2001
The Artists Foundation of Western Australia, Moores Building, Perth
14 - 20 December 2001
What characterises all of Stelarcs projects and performances is the notion of the prosthetic. The EXTRA EAR is a project Stelarc has been fostering since 1997 and the problems lie in finding the appropriate medical assistance to realise it. Constructing the EXTRA EAR would involve a number of procedures, over approximately 8-10 months. Techniques from Cosmetic, Re-constructive and Orthopaedic surgery are necessary. Here Stelarc outlines some of the essential steps in constructing the EXTRA EAR and discusses the nature of this radical project.
Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane
1 December - 26 January