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Title

Australia A (conditional hope)

1997

Artist

Tony Schwensen

Australia

1970 –

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  • Details

    Date
    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
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    296.2013.a-f
    Copyright
    © Tony Schwensen
    Artist information
    Tony Schwensen

    Works in the collection

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  • About

    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.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

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