KALIMANRAWLINS opened their South Yarra gallery last week with not one, but two openings, and Leg of Lamb was there knocking back pink champagne with the best of them. Directors Vasili Kaliman and Jarred Rawlins have kicked things off with a group show, the highlight of which was a three screen video work by New Zealand artist Steve Carr.
Screen Shots was filmed using a high definition camera that records 2,000 frames per second. The result is dense, beautifully saturated footage of paint-filled balloons being pricked by pins. The drawn-out tension of the pins pressing against the objects’ rubbery surfaces is almost excruciating to watch, but the inevitable ‘pops’ are remarkable. Recalling the scientific photographs of Harold Edgerton, Carr has captured what is unseen by the naked eye. The rubbery exteriors of the balloons unfurl like skin, revealing heavy, sculptural masses of paint. Carr has cleverly transformed the simple into the monumental.
To check out the other works in the show, and the recently released list of artists, visit KALIMANRAWLINS website. And for those of you that couldn’t be there, check out the snaps above from (one of) the opening nights…