Matter delights & Artificial instincts 2018
13-17 riley street
Woolloomooloo NSW 2011
Sydney / Australia
Photos by Zan Wimberley
Matter Delights and Artificial instincts is an installation of elements first brought together in First Draft Australia, examining the concepts of family, social, sex and gender roles mostly through textural allusions in both material and video format. Object protagonists, repurposing of fabrics of familiar function, organic and mechanical props , all participating in a narrative of matter and its relation to instinct, the idea of lessons of life and childhood.
Comprised of two video pieces Fathers Delight and Calor as well as two free standing fabric pieces. The videos star a collection of props twisting on a rotisserie mechanism traditionally used for the Greek Easter roasting of the lamb, which animates towers of eggs, bread , scratched, bones, instants tearing away, sunrise to sunset the full rotation of time. And in Calor an outdated and painful plastic anti-cellulite personal massager, frustrated, tries to sculpt all the surfaces around it.
The video is placed behind and obscured by two tapestries, standing upright in space like playing cards, made of cotton bed sheets quilted with pieces of clothing, towels and pillowcases, fragmented and reattached. The floating figure is a bust with many arms and many skills and the grounded figure’s head is on fire. Made of the right material to set up a home, your towels and your sheets, wrapped in a familiar nurturing discomfort, somewhere to rest a head.
Fathers delight 2017
single channel HD video with sound
2 minutes, 39 seconds
Two channel video and sound installation view
Left: The Uniform 2017
Right: The Method 2017
cotton fabric, cotton towel, felt, pillows
sweatshirt, jeans, bleached denim, wool sweater sleeves
clothing labels, synthetic fabric, embroidery
left : H: 168 cm W: 139 cm
Right :H: 145 cm w: 263 cm