locust, unlimited edition

Perry, S 2006, locust, unlimited edition, (Creative Work : Visual art).


Document type: Creative Work
Collection: Creative Works

Title locust, unlimited edition
Author(s) Perry, S
Year 2006
Type of work Visual art
Outlet The Idea of The Animal, RMIT University Gallery & Melbourne International Arts Festival,Melbourne, Australia
Dates 12 September - 18 November 2006
Medium polyurethane resin, plywood
Size/Duration 2m x 1m x 700mm
Summary "The idea of the animal was an significant exhibition featureing important contemporary national and international artists it was co-curated by Suzanne Davies director of the RMIT university gallery,storey hall,.and the Writer and critic Linda Williams also head of Art history in the RMIT school of Art. As a Public Gallery, The exhibition 2006As a Public Gallery, Storey Hall gallery is the one of the most important exhibition venues for contemporary Art in Australia, exhibiting many of the most significant contemporary national and international Artists.
The Idea of the Animal, featured a selection of works by twenty-nine Australian and international artists in a diversity of media from large scale paintings, sculpture, installation, video and live performance. The Idea of the Animal presented challenging works that thoughtfully delve into a range of the issues around the complexity of animal/human relationships. The exhibition covered a broad thematic landscape that included the domestication of animals for companionship and farming, the meat industry, scientific experimentation and species extinction. It provided a prescient opportunity to engage with some familiar and unfamiliar artists in a context that sits within wider debates about animal rights and ecology.High profile press and media coverage included: Sun/Photo File, Art & Australia) National Radio and TV coverage
Sarah Tutton - Art & Australia 'The Idea of the Animal' (review) - Vol 44 No.3 Autumn 2007, Pg. 330
High National impact

Sally Nolan - ABC Radio National, The Deep End Interview with Simon Perry discussing his work in the Idea of the Animal Exhibition, October 2006
High National impact

Linda Williams - Art & The Idea of the Animal in the Idea of the Animal (catalogue essay), RMIT University Gallery Melbourne, October 2006 The research aim of Locust was create a sculptural work which addressed themes of mass consumption, utopia, dystopia, nature and culture, iIlusion and dissolution. This was contemporaneous with the re-emergence of devastating locust plagues around the world and a rising public anxiety around climate change and human/animal relations.
Perry addresssed these themes through a sculptural artwork that resembled a large open packing crate filled with many locusts (plastic models).
The installation was set up in such a way as to evoke a field of expectation, suggesting both the imminent distribution of individual locusts and their endless consumption, reproduction and replacement. It enabled viewers to review their feelings on the preservation of animal species and their potential destruction, in this case of precious crops, in a setting where the animal was in the context of 'precious' in the crate.
This work aligned with the exhibition's wider exploration of debate about animal rights and ecology.
The Idea of Animal was co-curated by Suzanne Davies and Linda Williams and featured a selection of works by 29 Australian and international artists in a diversity of media from large scale paintings, sculpture, installation, video and live performance, presenting challenging works that thoughtfully delve into a range of the issues around the complexity of animal/human relationships.
High profile press and media coverage included: Sally Nolan, ABC Radio National, The Deep End interview with Perry; October 06 Sarah Tutton, Art & Australia The Idea of the Animal, Vol 44 No3 Autumn 07, p.330 Linda Williams, catalogue essay, ISBN 0957949."
Subject Fine Arts (incl. Sculpture and Painting)
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