A NETS Victoria touring exhibition, curated by Zoë Bastin and Claire Watson.
Eugenia Lim Shelters for Kyneton (tradic transfer), 2022 HD video, colour, sound: 7 minutes 40 seconds Courtesy the artist and STATION, Melbourne
Artists: Zoë Bastin Andy Butler David Cross Bronwyn Hack Amrita Hepi with Honey Long and Prue Stent Christopher Langton Eugenia Lim James Nguyen Steven Rhall
When we inhale and exhale, our bodies transform through the process of inflation and deflation. Drawing on the inflatable form as both material and metaphor, Conflated brings disparate artists together to explore bodies, environments and cultures through contemporary art. Here, the cycle of breathing serves as a framework through which a wide array of experiences, behaviours and expressions are examined.
The artists featured investigate the possibilities of the inflatable through participatory works that entice audiences into finding new forms of Covid-safe intimacy, audio that draws parallels between ASMR breath and the ecological destruction of glaciers melting, and video of convulsing bodies that morph with inflatables. Across all works, the idea of inflation and deflation are provoked to offer new possibilities for our contemporary world.
Conflated presents a range of inflatable materials, from balloons to digital audio and video informed by inflatable processes. Positioning the inflatable as the medium of our times, the exhibition prompts us to explore the inherent plasticity and transformative potential of that which can be blown up. The works conflate synthetic forms with human vulnerabilities, the abject, uncanny, eco-anxiety, colonised land, and the breath.
Conflated is a NETS Victoria touring exhibition, curated by Zoë Bastin and Claire Watson. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government’s Visions of Australia program and the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.
Amrita Hepi with Honey Long and Prue Stent Omphalus (still) 2021
Video: 3 minutes 30 seconds
Courtesy the artists, Anna Schwartz Gallery and ARC ONE Gallery
Christopher Langton Breathe In Breathe Out 2021
PVC, silicone, polyurethane, hybrid polymer, thermoplastic polyester, pigment, fibreglass, acrylic, plywood, jacket, backpack, fake fur, air valves and air
Courtesy the artist and Tolarno Galleries
Photograph: Matthew Stanton
Steven Rhall Hermetic Rituals 2020
Digital print on Dibond, found image, found floatation devices, remediated performance, timber.
3 objects: 57 x 38 x 6 cm (each)
Courtesy the artist and MARS Gallery.
Photograph: Steven Rhall
Eugenia Lim Shelters for Kyneton (tradic transfer) 2022
HD video, colour, sound: 7 minutes 40 seconds
Courtesy the artist and STATION, Melbourne
Zoë Bastin Enough 2021
HD video with audio: 4 minutes 47 seconds
Courtesy the artist
Andy Butler Live to your Potential (After Jeff Koons’s Balloon Dog) 2018
HD video with audio: 5 minutes
Courtesy of the artist
Bronwyn Hack Alfred 2021
Mixed media and inflatable soft sculpture, dimensions variable
Courtesy of the artist and Arts Project Australia
Photograph: Natalie Jurrjens
James Nguyen Inhaleinhaleinhale 2021
Sound file, 22 minutes
Courtesy of the artist
David Cross Pair (detail) 2021
Installation, PVC vinyl.
Courtesy of the artist.