Monday, April 9, 2012

Platform Mountains

Earlier this year, Paper Mountain, an artist-run exhibition/studio/culture space on William Street in Fremantle put on the Conservatorium show, their huge debut exhibition featuring the work of some stellar early career and emerging artists from WA.

Curated by Anna Dunnill and Renae Coles, the axis of the show was the humble glass jar, an object whose museological, culinary and collective legacies were great fodder for the artists to respond to, and which proffered innumerable variations on size, form and modification.

Below are the three works I exhibited in the show, small sculptures made of painted clay and silicon in glass dishes. Called the Platform Mountain series, these works were partly inspired by the 3-Dimensional, clean-cut landscapes of SuperMario Bros., and other digital worlds which are finite, untextured and geometric. Despite this, they retain an arcadian palette of greens, stones and browns, and illustrate the typical features, or rather focal anchors of the pastoral landscape tradition (such as the well, the stepway, the penant or discovery flag, the wooden footbridge).

Each are mountains that rise from the sea, though are not shaped like the usual formal triangular. Rather they are flat-topped, platform mountains, whose very geological formation dictates a task to be completed or a way to be trod by an onlooker; the viewer a theoretical participant in a complete narrative from setting to task to natural poesis.

All below photographs by TONY NATHAN.

Platform Mountain series

Work in situ at Paper Mountain

Following photos: Sheridan Coleman


Many thanks to Anna, Renae and Paper Mountain.