The Tombs Are Upset
For the American artist’s first exhibition at the gallery, six new sculptures of hand-carved, hand-dyed polychromed basswood are presented. The exhibition’s title derives from a single artwork installed on a single pedestal, spanning over three and a half metres. The artwork is composed of a series of compositions, each placing one abstracted, biomorphic element in conversation with another. The works are born from the artist’s reflections on death, the study of Eschatology, and how the experience of living is framed by the knowledge of an end. He also references the rapid advancement of technology as accelerating an inevitable death.
Throughout the exhibition, the forms allude to processes of the body, creatures, and growths, alongside technological components, that ultimately avoid true representation. The sculptures become hybrid creatures embodying our technologically-saturated modern world; combinations of body and machine reckoning with the pointlessness of life. This exhibition is sure to intrigue audiences with the artist’s portrayal of human extinction by technology.