George Egerton-Warburton employs text, performance, sculpture, painting and video in his practice which embraces stylistic dissonance, and the syntax
of conceptual art. Referring to day-to-day situations, Egerton-Warburton examines the discord between impulses and behaviour shaped by cultural
norms. His work, varying in scale and duration, corresponds to the distortion of time in space constructed by late capitalism. At odds with this
space, Egerton-Warburton questions it's affect on mental health, social structures, his relationship with the natural landscape that is simultaneously
nostalgic and destructive, and the body's agency under administrative labour processes required of it. He creates elusive situations anchored by
droll humour and irony. Sympathetic structures and topologies of stress are cobbled together in textured installations.
Recent solo exhibitions include English at Chateau Shatto in Los Angeles, The weapon soup boils over, as stocks in metaphors plummet at
Artist Curated Projects in Los Angeles, Wincing wind-chime, repugnant fold-out breath at Sutton Gallery in Melbourne, and Administration is just Oulipian Poetry at
Perth Institute of Contemporary Art.
Cooking the books is an exhibition by George Egerton-Warburton that considers the notion of "symptom as occupation." On otherwise unoccupied
days, the artist has adopted the practice of making a single, standardised small bed. As they are installed, they suggest there is a symptom in
the exhibition space. Adjacent to the beds, a new series of sculptures will antagonise the proposition that language is inherently apologetic;
as it seeks to explain. The sculptures rely on the idea that, in the mental process of interpretation, there is a moment of non-compliance, before
we "obey" language.
Cooking the Books opens 6pm, Friday 16th March 2018 at Contemporary Art Tasmania
Art Forum talk is 12.30pm Friday 16 MArch 2018 at the Dechaineux Lecture Theatre, School of Creative Arts, University of Tasmania, Hunter Street, Hobart
Both are free events.
This program is a partnership between the School of Creative Arts, University of Tasmania, Hobart and Contemporary Art Tasmania.