2016 Program pt 2

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Life Drawing

Life Drawing

Dominic Byrne

Opening 07.09.16 6-8pm
Artist Talks 29.09.16 6-7pm

The exhibition is developed from the packaging design of Tyler Rocks, a life-size love doll part of the Pipedream Extreme Dollz series - the artist producing an installation to house a series of wall paintings accompanied by an original soundtrack and the unopened love doll.

Rather than emphasising the object’s intended physical use, the decision to withhold purchasing the doll online until the exhibition - instead relying on photographic documentation - has generated a focus on imagined encounters within the constructed installation space both visually and aurally.

As a consequence, the minimalist-inspired graphic design of the object’s packaging and the language used to construct a narrative of the doll’s sexuality have determined both the formal qualities and representational subject matter of the exhibition.

Developing on previous usages of the cube in relation to minimalism and notions of theatricality, in Life Drawings, a corporeal masculinity is replaced by one that is both neutered in its self display and stoic in its sculptural qualities. The exhibition will be accompanied by a text work from Sydney artist Elena Tory-Henderson.


Dominic Byrne is a Sydney-based artist who uses both performance and studio-based models of art-making to investigate the modes in which people constitute themselves and others online.

Byrne has exhibited throughout Sydney and Australia, including group exhibitions at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, MOP Projects, Interlude Gallery and most recently for his first solo exhibition BUST THIS FLESH PIT at Fake Estate, Brisbane. In 2016, Byrne graduated from the National Art School in Honours (Class 1) as well as undertaking the Onslow-Storrier Paris Residency for three months at La Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris.

Earlier Event: August 23
LA2016: Same/Everything
Later Event: October 5