THIRD DRAWER DOWN – 93 GEORGE STREET, FITZROY VIC
EXHIBITION OPENING: SATURDAY 22ND OF JUNE 2013
EXHIBITION RUNS: 22ND OF JUNE, 2013 – 10TH OF AUGUST 2013
What is Mound Activity?
It appears here, on these shelves at Third Drawer Down, as an exercise in making the same kind of thing (artefact?) over and over again. We might detect an intractable fixity via art production involving a blinkered focus on agglomerating matter into lumps and mounds. Materials accumulate – fired ceramic, bronze, paper, wood, paint, coffee grounds, plaster, masonry adhesive, Winterstone, polystyrene, air dried clay, paint and glue.
There are signs of persistence beyond what is required or desired, signs of an artist focusing too intently on the matter-at-hand regardless of the reception or interest from the world at large. Might this, perhaps, be considered a perilous move for an artist?
Is this an exercise of the recognized slapstick technique of flogging a joke to death or a joyful expression of immersion in sensuous matter? There is humour in such dogged commitment to maintaining an art practice predicated upon such compulsive repetition. Humour has the potential to alert the viewer to something troubling, rather than merely fun, and the incorporation of humorous strategies and effects can operate as a form of critical engagement.
Could Mound Activity™ involve the development of a recognizable style which we might understand as one of the hallmarks of a successful commercial art practice? Indeed can these mounds find a place as home décor?
Mound Activity is a long-term project unfolding over several decades and is sometimes ‘this’ and sometimes ‘that’. Using sustainable processes that embrace everyday recycled materials, Mound Activity extends the emergent art objects via a process of ongoing transformation into new families of objects. From time to time, ‘the mounds’ as mutating and clustering forms are bought together, caught in a stage of intensification that appears as arrested development – the exhibition.
Dr Sarah crowEST has a PhD in Mound Activity from Melbourne University. Early influences in anthropomorphising rocks and mounds can be traced back to experiences in learning from and assisting villagers to create wayside rock shrines in India.