It was on a dreary night in March that you beheld the accomplishment of my toils…
It was the night of the nineteenth day in March, to be precise; the day on which the Christian faithful celebrate the feast of Saint Joseph, the carpenter who raised the son he himself did not conceive.
A virgin father, as it were, whose blessed wife was impregnated not with his seed, but by a beam of light immaculate.
On this night, I ask that you ponder the fetid conception of another, less admirable soul…
Consider the motherless birth of a creation so wretched it was considered unworthy of a title, and wandered the earth unnamed.
Consider, if you will, the soul conceived not in the tradition of union, but callously assembled by a presumptuous individual employing the skills of the tradesman Joseph.
Consider, good people, and decide for yourself:
Is this soul as black as it is painted?
Leslie Rice is a Sydney painter and tattoo artist. Since graduating with Honours from the National Art School in 2007, Rice has been exhibiting his work to growing acclaim in galleries such as MOP, Peleton, Martin Browne Fine Art, Wallspace, NG Gallery and National Art School Gallery. He is a past winner of the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize and has been a finalist in the Blake Prize on two occasions.
image: Recomposition and is acrylic on velvet
LAPDANCER II: iconic songs transposed into the language of video art, 2009
Together with other smaller portable devices, the laptop computer has become a familiar site for the transfer and dissemination of cultural information. This project, in response to the scale and theatricality of dominant video installation models, utilises the relatively modest exhibition format of the standard laptop computer. Within this ‘unheroic’ exhibition format, it is envisaged that neither sound nor vision will be overtly privillaged.
Sound exerts a powerful influence over the experience of visual culture. Altering existing or established relationships between sound and vision can profoundly affect perception and interpretation. This work aims to elucidate the role of noise, word and melody in creating or shifting meaning within visually centred cultural formations. Occupying an ambiguous space between art and entertainment, LAPDANCER II is the second incarnation of a project already exhibited in the U.S. and Germany, LAPDANCER II consists of 14 iconic songs transposed into the language of video art.
Voice: Rachel Scott, Lee Devaney, Dave Lomas & Sean Lowry
Performers: Tri Tranh Nguyen, Dave Lomas, Andrew Hunter, Sheridan Nelson & Sean Lowry
Guitar/bass: Rob Taylor
Violin: Samantha Fonti
Keyboards: Sean Lowry, Rob Taylor, Lee Devaney & Steve Allison
Camera: Joshua Lee & Colin Rosewell
Video production: Joshua Lee & Sean Lowry
Audio production: Sean Lowry
Pointer Sisters, I'M SO EXCITED
Janis Joplin, MERCEDES BENZ
Billy Idol, WHITE WEDDING
Chuck Berry, JOHNNY B GOODE
Slayer, ANGEL OF DEATH
Deep Purple, SMOKE ON THE WATER
The Rolling Stones, SATISFACTION (I can’t get no)
ACDC, DIRTY DEEDS
Public Enemy, BRING THE NOISE
Bill Halley & the Comets, ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK
Vanilla Ice, ICE ICE BABY
Nirvana, SMELLS LIKE TEEN SPIRIT
Blondie, HEART OF GLASS
Britney Spears, OOPS I DID IT AGAIN
Image: LAPDANCER II, Video still 01, 2009
MOP Projects is supported by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments