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Tony Schwensen

(Australia 1970 – )

Title
Australia A (conditional hope)
Year
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
Accession number
296.2013.a-f
Copyright
© Tony Schwensen
Location
Not on display
Further information

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.

Bibliography (1)

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

Exhibition history (1)

Helen Lempriere travelling art scholarship (1997), Artspace, Woolloomooloo, 09 May 1997–31 May 1997