Look At Works Of Art In The Light Of Other Works Of Art

Gary Carsley

Exhibition Dates
27 September - 21 October 2006

Gary Carsley has developed a practice sourced in sub-cultural performance strategies and nourished on old copies of Art & Text.

Overview

Gary Carsley has developed a practice sourced in sub-cultural performance strategies and nourished on old copies of Art & Text. Looking At Works Of Art In The Light Of Other Works of art borrowed sideways from popular entertainment pastimes like karaoke and drag: not literally as actions but as modes of translation and by extension creative authorship. The appropriational and deconstructive methodologies extrapolated out of these performance traditions can provide a useful model for working with all the inter-related technologies given away these days with cameras, scanners and computers. The Draguerreotypes (c-type monoprints) were made by the hollowing out of quiescent photographic, artisanal and landscape conventions passing as simulacra bearing no relation to any reality whatever. A copy without an original, a photograph without a negative* - dragged, mashed, ripped and hacked - new worlds from old.

 

* Paraphrased from J. Baudrillard, The Precession of Simulacra, Art & Text No. 11, translated by the Pauls Foss and Patton (1983)

Gary Carsley, 'Looking at works of art in the light of other works of art', installation view, Artspace, Sydney, 2006