Tacky Tango

Julia Gorman

Exhibition Dates
23 November - 15 December 2007

Julia Gorman‘s forms are derived from plants, cars, Warner Bros cartoons, Mayan and Assyrian sculpture, Barbara Hepworth, 70's graphic design and Tiffany stained glass.

Overview

Julia Gorman‘s forms are derived from plants, cars, Warner Bros cartoons, Mayan and Assyrian sculpture, Barbara Hepworth, 70's graphic design and Tiffany stained glass. In fact, almost anything she might find on her forays into the library, video shop or internet merge into amorphous, tangled installations. She creates works that undermine notions of monumentality by using regular, uniform materials in a course of experimentation and play.

 

Central to Gorman's methodology is the tension between intuitive and rational processes. Tacky Tango consisted of three large scale aluminium sculptures painted in automotive paint. Patterns on the sculpture were generated by merging diamond patterned costumes of 18th century Meissen harlequin figures with irregular patterns from sea shells. Alongside these sculptures were works made from cardboard and balloons, and vinyl wall and floor drawings.

 

Supported by Arts House and Arts Victoria

Julia Gorman, 'Tacky Tango', installation view, Artspace, Sydney, 2007