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Title

Trailer


Artist

Saskia Olde Wolbers

Netherlands, England

1971 -


About

In their combination of sculpture, film, installation and painting, Olde Wolbers' videos present an intricate and visually seductive blend of words and images. Her work generates a tension between reality and simulation in both concept and technique: fictional stories in the form of reportage provide the soundtrack while fantastical and carefully hand-constructed landscapes or extraordinary interiors provide the visual focus.

In 'Trailer' a man, Algfar Dalio, discovers that his parents were C-list actors in the 1930s. Watching the trailer for a film he learns that his parents were lost in a jungle while shooting their last film. He then spends hours in cinemas watching old movies in the hope that his parents will appear, their roles being so minor that they are not credited. Two species of poisonous plants are named in honour of Dalio's lost parents: a species of flytrap entitled Elmore Vella and Ring Kittle, an old red back tree. The video moves seamlessly between a theatre of maroon surfaces and an astonishing jungle of flytraps and plants - meticulously created by Olde Wolbers - that reference Dalio's search for clues and meaning.


Details


Date

2005


Media categories

Time-based media , Video


Materials used

video, colour, sound, 10:00 min loop


Edition

4/7


Dimensions


Signature & date

Signed on DVD master, black fibre-tipped pen "Saskia Olde Wolbers". Not dated. Signed Certificate of authenticity, black pen "Saskia Olde Wolbers". Not dated.


Credit

John Kaldor Family Collection at the Art Gallery of New South Wales


Location

Not on display


Accession number

L2010.153


Artist information

Saskia Olde Wolbers

Works in the collection

2


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


  • Trailer, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 15 Dec 2005–05 Feb 2006


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


Natasha Bullock, John Kaldor family collection: Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Saskia Olde Wolbers', pg.296-99, Sydney, 2011, 296, 299 (colour illus.).

Natasha Bullock, Trailer, Sydney, 2005, (colour illus.).