Tag: Satire

The good the brash

The good the brash

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How does it feel? It feel pretty damn good. How about swimming in velvet, soft burger buns of velvety deluxeness. How about that wheel, its pretty shiny and it would probably make a squeaking sound if you meant it. And that pay-yal lleh-mon yeh-loe roo-shhinG.

 

Wow, I love your style, its like a kids turtle outfit in rainbow stretched over a seat. Did you buy it so we could be closer together, so I could watch you drive in comfort. High-Quality-2014. Hello there, well your just like an expensive tattoo, stretched out over that seat, flowing over, muscle mass and curving round the sides – only more like a transfer tattoo, that peeled up, and fell off before you could really rub it in.

Phil Brophy – Tripper

Phil Brophy – Tripper

I wasn’t expecting this! Neon Parc is an upstairs gallery space in the heart of Melbourne.

Philip Brophy – Evaporated Music

In the few seconds it took to enter the gallery and take a few steps up the stairs, the conversation stopped, the heavy bass and near incomprehensible vocals, coming from the gallery space, made me reconsider entering the gallery, and I fell into a sort of fight mode.

A few steps more, and a glance to the left – a large, comfortable yet generic sofa, facing a flat screen tv, both flanked by speakers. Visually inviting, an assuming safe and comfortable space. ¬†I felt held by the opposing¬†visual and audible aspects. The TV showed a familiar American teen television show from the 90’s/2000’s, dubbed with black metal words and lyrics and dark guttural sounds, with supporting subtitles. What I could see and what I could here, were so conflicting, almost unbelievable. Certainly something to be experienced. After 20 mins I left, and once outside, I felt so very calm.

After doing some research into Phil Brophy turns out he made Body Melt, which is a great face melting montage of a film.
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His website, much like some of his work that I am familiar with feels a pretty punk! Theres a real sense of attitude, strong intentions and a individual way of making a mark across sound, film, graphics, music and art.

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Last two images taken from the Philip Brophy website.

Featured image from Ocula.com

Phil Brophy’s ‘Colour Me Dead’ exhibition at The Ian Potter Museum of Art, is coming up shortly, so Im sure I will write about that.

 

Tony Schwensen – Prime time

Tony Schwensen – Prime time

Im pretty happy I came across this video work, as it seems impossible to find it, or any of hes earlier works that I’ve since researched on the internet!

‘Prime Beef Export Quality’ 1999, is a durational performance work by Australian artist Tony Schwensen. Shown as part of Arts Project Australia’s ‘Let Dance’ exhibition in May 2017.

The video shows the artist wearing casual grey shorts and golden nipple tassels, dancing on the spot and moving his hips left to right, whilst grinning at the camera. He appears to be dancing in a make shift set up in a garage, with speakers, a stereo and disco lights.

He uses satire to express vulnerability, and the banal in the everyday. I guess I liked this because it was unexpected, it felt like a secret revealed, something intimate. I felt I could connect to it on a personal level, because who doesn’t like doing a silly dance every now and then!

This exhibition also featured Cate Consadine’s ‘Cut Colony I (whip), from 2012. Which sees a nude female dancer, performing whips or fouette’s in outback Australia. This appears in stark contrast to Schwensen’s video. The dancer owns the space, with her confident demeanour and intentional movements. I liked the contrast of these two works, but appreciated Schwensen’s rawness, over Consadine’s beauty.

Read about the history of Media Art in Australia since the 1960’s on Scanlines

Main image from the Micheal Buxton Collection