- Media category
- Materials used
- modelling clay and epoxy putty
- 22.0 x 36.0 x 89.0 cm
- Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program by Clinton Ng and Steven Johnston 2022
- Not on display
- Accession number
- © Adrian Villar Rojas
- Artist information
Adrián Villar Rojas
Works in the collection
Argentinian artist Adrián Villar Rojas’ artworks are often conceived as elements in site-specific installations. His sculptural environments often resemble archaeological sites populated by hybrid objects in various stages of ruin and decay, encouraging audiences to question preconceived ideas of permanence and temporality.
'Moses' is a study from the 2015 series 'Two suns' that Villar Rojas created at the time of an exhibition of the same name featuring a large-scale version of Michelangelo’s 'David'. Works in the show were made from raw, cracked clay, taking on the appearance of archeological remnants of a culture long dead.
When speaking about his inspiration for the exhibition and the series, Villar Rojas said, ‘I tried to imagine how it would be to look at the planet and human culture from the perspective of an alien: absolute horizontality and lack of prejudice. There are no scales of values, but commitment to a deep state of detachment and distance, which is also reflected in the use of time: remote future and absence of humans: remote past and origins of life. A dinosaur and a high-tech robot. The anchor was the decision to exile myself from this time. Because I felt there was no longer anything to think of regarding art. Therefore, we could only think of the post end.’1
1. 'Adrián Villar Rojas: Two Suns' (exhibition press release) Marian Goodman Gallery 2015