ARC ONE Gallery is delighted to present Twisted Logic, an exhibition of new sculptures by leading Australian contemporary artist Julie Rrap. An opening reception will be held on Tuesday 3 September, 6-8pm.
Taking as its central theme the historical fact that bronze artworks were often melted down to create weapons and armour, with this process potentially reversed in times of peace, Twisted Logic articulates the ambiguous relationship that can exist between culture and politics. Art can be created or destroyed depending on political regimes.
Using cast sections from the artist's body, Rrap's bronze Artifacts suggest an originally sculptural pose now transformed into objects that exist in an uncertain space between weaponry and armament. The artist's body becomes the 'material' for these sculptural works through direct silicon moulding and casting in bronze; the effect creates an amalgam of vulnerability and strength that highlights the body 'within' conflict.
Existing in a suspended performative state between forming and un-forming, these sculptures embody a transformative process evocative of both destructive and creative forces. By focusing on the proposition that artworks can both manipulate and be manipulated by political persuasion, Twisted Logic foregrounds the impact that real-world situations can have on artistic outputs. These works explore the ways in which art can be a 'tool' both for culture's potential complicity with, and resistance to, real-world issues.
This exhibition brings visual expression to the ongoing struggle in which the radical possibilities of art to question and to challenge can be silenced and possibly destroyed; it also suggests that art can re-form from the ashes of conflict.
Press release courtesy Arc One Gallery.