Arlo Mountford works primarily with large-scale installations that incorporate sound, video and animation. His witty and often macabre works use humour, self-reflexivity and appropriation – devices relating to postmodernism – to explore art history, popular culture, the role of the artist and the contextual relationship between contemporary art practice and the past.
Arlo Mountford was born in 1978 in Honiton, Devon, United Kingdom. He arrived in Australia in 1983 and lives and works in Melbourne. He completed a Diploma of Fine Art at the Western Australian College of Art, Design and Multimedia, Perth in 1998 and a Bachelor of Fine Art (Sculpture) at the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) in 2002. Since 2001 he has held solo exhibitions at artist-run spaces and group exhibitions in Australia, most recently his work was included in 21st Century Modern, the 2006 Adelaide Biennial of Art at the Art Gallery of South Australia and Imagine…the creativity shaping our future at Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne (2006). Mountford was awarded the
2002 ANZ Award as a result of his participation in Proud at the Victorian College of the Arts. He held a studio residency at Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne in 2003.
The Wanderer Meets the Pioneer 2006
Still from DVD
Heide Museum of Modern Art Collection
Courtesy the artist