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Title

Australia A (conditional hope)


Artist

Tony Schwensen

Australia

1970 -


About

Tony Schwensen was a key figure in the '90s Sydney grunge movement and is known for his deadpan, conceptual works that address aspects of identity, masculinity and the suburban experience, as well the physical limits of the (unconditioned) body. Schwensen's sculptural installation 'Australia A (conditional hope)' 1997 is a classic example of the Sydney grunge aesthetic that emerged in the mid 1990s. It humorously approaches the subject of social aspiration as it manifests in the suburban lifestyle, borrowing from the aesthetic of garden centre displays but substituting mass-produced synthetic materials like concrete, Styrofoam and plastic pipe for organic elements.


Details


Date

1997


Media categories

Sculpture , Installation


Materials used

galvanised iron, concrete, Styrofoam, rubber


Dimensions

dimensions variable


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Gift of Peter Fay 2013


Location

Not on display


Accession number

296.2013.a-f


Artist information

Tony Schwensen

Works in the collection

4


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


New South Wales Ministry for the Arts (Compilator), Helen Lempriere travelling art scholarship 1997, Sydney, 1997, n.pag.. cat.no. 27