An Afternoon, Rain, Open Door, 2013
high chair, violin, massage device, plastic packaging, footprints, dirt, Vaseline, filthy plinth (click here to view the entire installation)
image courtesy of the artist
ALEX VIVIAN (born 1981) is an Australian artist whose work are mostly made or assembled with second-hand clothes and found objects. The objects he selects are domestic, decorative baubles, that articulate the values of a social class, and they are the product of semi-industrial labor (since none or very few of them are actually hand-made). Thanks to the slightly pornographic relationship to objects, half-sentimental, half-lecherous, that these kinds of things generate, and the recurrent presence of Vaseline, the resulting work is both fascinating and slighty discomforting.
Found objects bring an idea of chance and/ or change to a practice. Brings forth new ideas, new materials (sometimes) at a rapid pace. Presents aesthetics and/ or objects one would not normally artistically support. Often it is ‘problem solving’ in a way – working out what objects go together, stand together, lock into each other. Glass Scales have a small gap between it’s structure and glass – just enough room to squeeze in a pair of socks, A white vessel has a 5cm opening – just enough room to balance the heel of a shoe, the base of a china doll etc. – ALEX VIVIAN for Regimes of Value
I found this picture via his blogspot http://stenchinnumbers.blogspot.ch/ which seems not really updated but which features images from his researchs (I presume) and several exhibitions views as well poetry.
If you are in Melbourne this week on Thursday 4 September, do not miss the opening of his new exhibition along with LOU HUBBARD at West Space (the exhibition lasts until September 20, 2014).