Elevating a disastrous situation into a catastrophe Locust Jones
Locust Jones's new installation comprises of ink on paper drawings, text pieces and sculptural works. Known for works which delve into contemporary political issues this installation is no exception. Elevating a Disastrous Situation into a Catastrophe grapples with geo politics and the issue of climate change. Jones has produced large Papier Mache globes which are covered with his trade mark energetic and at time manic ink imagery; endangered tigers merge with news headlines and fragmented maps. Other globes are draped with strips of paper laden with news headlines, each one merging into another, mimicking the onslaught of news headlines most of us encounter daily.
The globes coupled are with a large wall work which consists of hundreds of strips of paper scrawled with ink news headlines; ever present is the evidence of Jones process some text is neatly composed while other strips are slurred and messy with mistakes. This pushes the content of the work (namely news headlines) from the realm of mass production into a personal attempt of presenting and understanding headlines, even if it becomes a sad and futile process.
The breadth and urgency of subject in this installation creates a work which is both poignant and timely. It feels like Jones is attempting express everything at once and tackles the weight of global problems head on. Many of us feel politicians, the media and world business leaders are letting the planet down, a sense of anger and helplessness ensues, such opinions underpin this installation and give it a significance and relevance for our time.
Image: Prudence Murphy Hovership 2009,
Archival pigment print,
120 x 150 cm
Prudence Murphy’s recent work Future Forms is a typological series of found Lego structures printed on a magnified scale to emphasize their monumental
and sculptural nature.
Some of the mechanical, weaponised forms echo the brash ideals of Italian Futurism while others remain steeped in a child’s unfettered, energised play. All futures are possible with individual blocks, as can be seen in Olafur Eliasson’s jubilant The cubic structural evolution project (2004) and Zbiegnew Libera’s controversial Lego Concentration Camp (1996).
Murphy’s photographs trumpet a similar enthusiasm for the yet to be constructed world, each image pulling us deeper and more persuasively into the child’s wonderful and strange imaginings.
Prudence Murphy is a Sydney based artist, whose recent work stems from her current preoccupation with capturing a chance moment of play or a fleeting period in a child’s development. She has exhibited internationally and throughout Australia. Her first solo exhibition, Cabello en Alimbar was held in 1997 at Galeria Ferran Cano in Barcelona. Her solo exhibitions in Sydney include The Male Grooming Series (2007), revisiting The Pamper Plan (2006), roll it up until it’s nice and tight (2002), and Simply draw it out & start again (2001).
Tim Denoon 2010
Image: Harriet Body, 2009 - 2010, still from the performance
‘The CHIPPENDALE series, Edition 3 / Addition 1
Edition 2 / Addition 0, CHIPPENDALE: 10/07/09 - 29/10/09 Is an on-going site specific and durational performance piece in which - for exactly one year, whenever possible in a month, a week and a day - Harriet will attach and conceal a video spy camera onto her chest and take a 15 minute walk around an urban circuit, to and from her house in Chippendale, spying/observing/documenting the people and the space about her. She began this project on the 10th of July 2009.
The work that will be exhibited at MOP, is an installment and will show the first three months of the year long project which will end on the 10th of July 2010.
Harriet is a young, Sydney based video and performance artist who has just completed her undergraduate year at COFA with a Bachelor of Fine Arts.