IN SPACE NO ON CAN HEAR YOU COLLECT ROCKS:
23rd October – 29th November 2014
Opening Night: Thursday 23rd October 6-8pm
Rohan Wealleans, Palaver of Peril, 2012, colour photograph, 143 x 117 cm
New Zealand artist Rohan Wealleans creates paintings and sculptures comprised of multitudinous layers of house paint that are then incised to reveal the multi-coloured excavations beneath. The resulting paint chips generated by this process often become art objects in their own right. For Mailbox, they are presented as specimen-like curiosities, and as body adornments in photographs featuring Wealleans-styled naked alien babes. Part ‘geologist’, part voyeur, Wealleans always inhabits multiple guises.
Curated by Serena Bentley.
Rohan Wealleans is represented by Ivan Anthony Gallery, Auckland; Hamish McKay Gallery, Wellington and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney.
MAILBOX is an Artist Run Initiative 141-143 Flinders Lane Melbourne, VIC 3000 AUSTRALIA
Saul Steinberg, ‘Girl in Bathtub’, 1949
Andres Serrano’s ‘Piss Christ’ hanging at the Fesch Museum, Corsica
Last week around 50 protesters stormed the Fesch Museum in Corsica brandishing a large sign emblazoned with the words ‘Piss Christ out’ - referring of course to Andres Serrano’s notorious work, Piss Christ; a photograph of a small plastic crucifix suspended in a container of the artist’s urine. The photograph is currently included in a collection based exhibition, installed next to an 18th century painting of the Virgin Mary. While the protesters assert that the work is an affront to Catholicism, exhibition curator Eric Mézil thinks they’re being unreasonable, telling Le Figaro “We must see the works for what they are, not for intentions that the artists could be imagined to have had.” At least they haven’t resorted to a physical attack - in 2011 Piss Christ was slashed by vandals in Avignon and in 1997 another edition was beaten with a hammer at the NGV in Melbourne.
Bob Mizer, ‘Everett Lee Jackson with Two Horses, Los Angeles’, c. 1959
Portrait of Richard Hamilton by Andy Warhol, n.d.
Michael Parekowhai, ‘Amiens’, 2001
Willem de Rooij, ‘Bouquet IV’, 2005
Portrait of Mongel Mob member by Jono Rotman
Auckland dealer Gary Langsford’s exhibiting a suite of photographs of patched NZ gang members. Taken four years ago by Jono Rotman, the series includes a portrait of a Mongrel Mob member currently on trial for murder. Despite protestations from the victim’s family, Langsford is refusing to remove the image, stating: “I don’t think that’s our role. It would create a very bad precedent. It would be like the media censoring freedom of speech”. The show runs until May 24th.