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Strange Loops

Strange Loops

Daniel McKewen

Opening 02.03.16 6-8pm
Artist Talks 24.03.16 6-7pm

"In a crowded hall, exit doors are small.”
Strange Loops takes a speculative approach to understanding the world of finance, economics, and the contemporary experience of late capitalism. McKewen’s practice is presently concerned with researching connections and disparities between the theories and language of financial systems and everyday lived experience. Rather than polemic expressions of economic dissatisfaction, the works in Strange Loops poetically examine the economic conditions and systems that foster hubris, greed, and inequality. At the same time, the work also reflects upon the artist’s own complicit position within these systems.

As part of the exhibition, the work ‘Trickle Down’, expresses the cyclically aspirational and ambivalent experience of contemporary capitalism. A three-channel video animation, the work depicts a US dollar bill falling in a dark void-space. These fragments of negotiable value, evidence of a laborious hand-drawn process, tumble in slow-motion into and out of the video frame, falling towards an unseen ground and an uncertain future.

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


Daniel McKewen is a Brisbane-based artist whose practice investigates the intersections of contemporary art, popular culture, and the entertainment and financial industries. Working across a broad range of media, his appropriative practice examines and critiques how these institutional structures operate culturally, socially, and politically. The resulting works explore and express how our subjective and inter-subjective interactions with these structures can allow us to ‘make sense’ of our own social experiences.

In 2013 Daniel was awarded his Doctorate of Philosophy from Queensland University of Technology. His artwork is held in private collections and has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including in NEW14 at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, and You Imagine What You Desire at the 19th Biennale of Sydney. Daniel is a founding board member of Boxcopy, an artist-run initiative which provides exhibition opportunities and support for emerging artists, writers and curators.

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Later Event: March 12
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