Plato’s Rave. Feb 21-Mar 5, 2013 at Gaffa Gallery, Sydney

Plato's Rave Press Release FINAL

Opening Thu 21 Feb, 6-8pm
Gaffa Gallery, 281 Clarence St Sydney
Exhibition runs Thu 21 Feb – Tue 5 Mar

Plato’s Rave consists of two large scale mixed media installations, which offer a playful yet complex exploration of how we attempt to cope with the mind-boggling immensity of the universe through systems and hierarchies,  science and religion, comedy and tragedy.

The enormous, handmade mosaic of Do you know Phil Soliman? exposes the ‘truths’ that we take for granted, learnt consciously and unconsciously over the course of our lives. It also raises questions about ideas of free will and choice, through the capture and crystallisation of the artist’s ‘personality’ at the moment of installation, and the multiplicity of unique paths each viewer can take through the work.

Self-portrait is an exploration of identity, self-knowledge and decay in an age where rampant consumerism and aggressive individualism sit side by side with an increasingly popular tendency toward environmental, social and spiritual ‘mindfulness’. By compartmentalising the physical, psychological and sensual aspects of his self in mass-produced, environmentally damaging plastic containers, the artist points out and heightens that sense of guilt and disconnection that seems to be common especially amongst those of his generation.

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Works exhibited

 

Self-portrait [installation view], fruit, vegetables, herbs, eggs, plastic containers, wooden bench, mirror ball, fairy lights, flotation vest, plastic bags

Self-portrait [installation view], fruit, vegetables, herbs, eggs, plastic containers, wooden bench, mirror ball, fairy lights, flotation vest, plastic bags

Do you know Phil Soliman? [installation view], mixed media installation

Do you know Phil Soliman? [installation view], mixed media installation