17-Sep-2005 - 16-Oct-2005
BELINDA WINKLER, PETER PRASIL, TRISTAN STOWARDS, LARESA KOSLOFF, MIRA GOJAK
curator: philip watkins
LOCATION: CONTEMPORARY ART TASMANIA GALLERY
The artists in Fellow Anthropoid exhibit works that reveal their conscious awareness of the complexities and power relations embedded in social exchange. Perhaps it is the difficulty of these explorations that provokes them into developing artworks that manipulate inter-personal space and give personal traits to non-human, inanimate objects.
Fellow Anthropoid takes a critical look at humanistic assumptions about a world made for man; in particular, as top predator, man’s mental and sensual capabilities are the measure by which all things are evaluated. The human subject, as the independent core from which identity springs is turned upside down, where like so many anthropomorphised objects, human identity appears as the most basic and persistent deception of all. We deceive ourselves, not only as to our independence of character but also in our capacity to define reality as other than creating the world in our own image. Reality escapes us, in the same way our independent selves do because it isn’t there; the works in this exhibition suggest that we are bound to this fragmentary world of identity as conceptions of self and being – united through a materialist anthropomorphism; a multifaceted contingent experience of the world like the many-headed mythological hydra.
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