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David Mutch Efflorescence

 

13.09.2019 - 21.09.2019

11am Saturday 14th of September: Artist talk with David Mutch

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Efflorescence IV, 2019. 450 x 500 x 680mm. Acrylic, Aluminium, LED. Installation View.

 

Efflorescence takes its aesthetic cues from street furniture and the infrastructure of outdoor advertising: public spaces managed by private interests. As an increasingly central component of the urban streetscape, these sites leverage the design and visibility of commuter shelters for use as commercial advertising space.

The maximisation of the advertiser’s message is integral to the materials of these structures: their smooth, low-grain, surfaces of steel, aluminium, Perspex and glass recede into the background, allowing the advertisements they hold to capture the attention of commuters.

Efflorescence is interested in the disruption of these smooth surfaces, as when a poster slips, revealing dusty fluorescent lamps and grimy mechanisms, or diamond tipped vandals etch glistening graffiti into the glass. The works in this exhibition mimic the edge-lit Perspex construction of corporate street furniture, but remove advertising from this. Via this aesthetic strategy, Efflorescence shifts our attention to the formal components of these ubiquitous urban structures, and also towards moments of resistance against their intended use.

 

David Mutch is a Melbourne-based artist.

 

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This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.