15th October - 9th November 2014
Opening 6pm Wednesday 15th October 2014
Image: Gary Carsley, Wallstatue 1. (From the Garden of the Palace Sans Souci, Pottsdam)
Hand cut antique wall paper, 234 cms x 88 cms
Courtesy of the IMA (Brisbane) and Thatcher Projects (New York) The Disobedient Mirror Gary Carsley
Gary Carsley utilises a framework of drag not as an action but a rhetorical framework for coping with the derivation and lack of authenticity in beige* Australian culture. In The Disobedient Mirror Carsley continues to contaminate the feed back loop between subject and object by augmenting his established intarsia Draguerreotypes with a new body of work based on pietre dure and a practice going back more than 30 years of making paper cutouts.
Gary Carsley is a Sydney based gardener and dilettante. He has a great love of making things, finds theory slightly narcotic and continues to read and write as a way of insulating himself against the pervasive mediocrity of art, life and politics. He is thought to be smug but those who know him accept that this is nothing more than a mask drawn across his deep insecurity, most probably a consequence of his having grown up a queen in Queensland. Sciencefictive, a touring garden project commissioned by the IMA (Brisbane) opens at Kunstverin Ulm in September and at the Visual Arts Centre of New Jersey in February, 2015. His work is held in more than 30 International institutional collections.
*Beige is the new white.
MOP Projects is assisted by the NSW Government through Arts NSW