Beetlejuice

Sriwhana Spong

Exhibition Dates
26 October - 17 November 2007

Beetlejuice was not an 80's time warp but an involuntary journey through a graveyard of obsolete and fading materials.

Overview

Beetlejuice was not an 80's time warp but an involuntary journey through a graveyard of obsolete and fading materials.  Molded objects formed from Lac sit black and still; part archeological dig, part Kubrickesque monolithique shop display. Lac resin made from crushed beetles was once used to make phonograph records and ‘small goods' but is now considered obsolete as a molding compound. As if unaware or in spite of its use-by date each of these ‘small goods' flutters with the potential of a different form and maybe a better purpose. Another near obsolete object, a super 8 projection flickered images of ephemeral assemblages that mimic Balinese offerings.

 

These situations made from the familiar, but lost in time and space, fall in and out of focus. They aren't what one would call historically correct but more like historically confused, evolving out of a desire to find potential and new forms in the space created by the collision of two different worlds.

Sriwhana Spong, 'Beetlejuice', installation view, Artspace, 2007