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Title

Concord

2018


Artist

Justene Williams

Australia

1970 -


About

Concord premiered in Justene Williams’ standout 2018 solo exhibition Project Dead Empathy at Sarah Cottier Gallery. The sculptural work is a collage of distorted and elongated mannequin parts. Concord reflects the eccentric energy and provisional feel of Williams’ well-known live and video performances that include elaborate makeshift sets as well as costumes that warp the body. With its colourful mismatched segments, the mannequin appears as though haphazardly assembled from odd found parts. Its strange, elongated limbs add a sense of the uncanny, and suggest a disconnect between the tangible space of the gallery it occupies and the virtual world conjured by the VR headset strapped to its face. This work encapsulates Williams’ unique talent for transforming familiar materials in humorous, uncanny and compelling ways and presents a playful, yet candid portrait of human interaction today – slightly fractured by our technology-driven, high-consumerist times.


Details


Date

2018


Media categories

Sculpture , Installation


Materials used

fibreglass mannequin, acrylic, plastic VR mask, steel stand


Dimensions

187.0 x 160.0 x 130.0 cm


Credit

Gift of Justene Williams 2020. Donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program


Location

Not on display


Accession number

175.2020.a-i


Artist information

Justene Williams

Works in the collection

10


Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


  • Project dead empathy, Sarah Cottier Gallery, Paddington, 10 Nov 2018–15 Dec 2018

  • Here we are, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 24 Aug 2019–13 Oct 2019


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Rebecca Gallo., www.artguide.com.au, 'Preview', Australia, 15 Nov 2018, n.pag.. <https://artguide.com.au/justene-williams-project-dead-empathy> accessed 25 Mar 2019