Sydney based artists Tully Arnot and Charles Dennington have a cracker of a show at Rear View. It’s the third in a series of exhibitions that explore the merging practices of the two artists. Together, they play with the concept of success vs. failure manifest in a series of banal and comical sculptures.
A vibrating egg shimmies its way through the gallery, petrified underpants sit upright like grubby totems and strange kinetic sculptures hammer away at bowls of water. There’s a lot to see here and the show conveys a wonderful sense of playfulness. But it’s the quieter works that are the most memorable. Dennington’s delicate twig sculptures (above) cast spidery shadows across the floor. Some are so tiny they could easily be crushed underfoot. In another corner, a heap of crumpled paper (made by Arnot) intermittently rises and falls like a sleeping creature.
Arnot and Dennington have created a series of works singular in execution that also fit within their larger, process-based collaboration defined by ‘critique, acceptance and self-reflection’. Emerging from the brash tomfoolery of stuffed socks and spinning targets, the low-key works stake their claim, encouraging a smile and an invitation to play.
Tully Arnot and Charles Dennington, Um Om, Rear View, Behind 244 Smith St, Collingwood, Melbourne, until Saturday the 23rd of July.