Rhapsody Happens

The Kingpins

11 April - 10 May 2005

The Kingpins new project takes them spiraling into abstraction through corporate identity, television advertising and the make-believe. Utilising drag, cinematic horror and pop histrionics they flirt with product branding via a two-way mirror. 

Overview

 

The Kingpins new project takes them spiraling into abstraction through corporate identity, television advertising and the make-believe. Utilising drag, cinematic horror and pop histrionics they flirt with product branding via a two-way mirror. Played through a kaleidoscope, Warhol’s 15 minutes is fast forwarded and reinvented as a television commercials 15 second blip

 

Live performance and video installation fractures the multi screen environment creating a rhapsodic canon. An eternal return of invented characters spawned of a collision between the real and imagined reconfigure the physical through an absurdist pantomime. These grotesque offspring are the shape-shifting products of advertising and psychedelia put on repeat and set to the soundtrack of persuasive emotional branding.

 

Incorporating signs of contemporary corporations The Kingpins seek ways to interact, respond and reinterpret mass media advertising and corporate culture via fantasy and locality. By creating their own visual mythologies they re-posses and thus rebrand common, even banal cultural transactions. Via their own (at times extreme) means, The Kingpins seek to reinvent a mass produced landscape as something entirely more fantastic.

 

The Kingpins, 'Rhapsody Happens', Installation view, Artspace, Sydney, 2005