How is the Crater, the Image

Oliver Hull

02.08.2017 - 25.08.2017

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How is the Crater, the Image

How is the Crater, the Image

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In early 2015 I found a listing on Ebay selling sand from the Wolfe Creek Meteorite Crater as a prop from the 2005 feature film Wolf Creek. I purchased the sand and set up a Skype interview with the sellers.They were backpackers travelling around Australia who had decided to visit the crater after seeing the film. In describing their experience of the crater, the backpackers frequently attempted to articulate a feeling of dissonance, where they felt awkwardly caught between the film’s representations of a landscape that they were experiencing first-hand. One of the backpackers, Arnaud, described this perfectly when he stumbled mid-sentence saying, “how is the crater, the image?”

The exhibition “how is the crater, the image”’ is concerned with the affect of generic, populist and widely disseminated imagery on sublime landscapes.The exhibition considers the push and pull between images and objects as they relate to landscapes colonised by their image, including the Wolfe Creek Crater and the Marianas Trench.

Oliver Hull

Oliver Hull is a Melbourne based artist working across digital media, video, instillation and drawing. Hull is currently interested in the poetic and political properties of fiction and images and their relationship to time, history and landscape. He graduated in 2012 with First Class Honours from Curtin University, Since graduating he has most notably exhibited at Success, Fremantle WA; The Institute of Jamais vu, London UK; Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, Netherlands; Archive_ ,Sydney, NSW; Platform, Melbourne, VIC; Moana Project Space, Perth, WA; UDSTILLINGSSTEDET Q,Copenhagen; and Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun, Leeds UK.

Since 2015 he has been collaborating with Kieron Broadhurst and Giles Bunch on An Event (www.anevent.com.au) an ongoing project focused on uncovering or inserting fictions into the history of Western Australia. In 2016 he collaborated with Celeste Njoo to design 7.45 books ranging in topics from the constructed language Sol Re Sol to the relationship between mood rings and financial markets.

 

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