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Title

Concord

2018

Artist

Justene Williams

Australia

1970 –

Alternate image of Concord by Justene Williams
Alternate image of Concord by Justene Williams
Alternate image of Concord by Justene Williams
Alternate image of Concord by Justene Williams
Alternate image of Concord by Justene Williams
Alternate image of Concord by Justene Williams
  • 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 the artist 2020. Donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    175.2020.a-i
    Copyright
    © Justene Williams

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    Justene Williams

    Works in the collection

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  • 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.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

    • 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

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

Other works by Justene Williams

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