Racks 2: A Solid Workout
Opening 11.01.17 6-8pm
Artist Talks 27.01.17 6-7pm
Racks 2: a solid workout offers a playful counter to the modernist studio paradigm by framing various sculptures as body-racks or work-out devices that depict the studio as a site of gonzo-gymnastic physicality. This forms part of an ongoing meditation on the physical context of the modernist sculptors’ studio, featuring objects that might function as ‘non-functional’ gym equipment, a reference that subverts the clichéd, masculo-centric modernist model, but at the same time, animates the static nature of formal sculpture with the potential for physical engagement, non-seriousness and aesthetic hi-jinx. By approaching the tried, tested and failed romances of modernist sculpture’s historically recorded models, i.e. the stack, the column, the phallic, the yonic … with a sense of play, animation and compulsion, recent work has utilised these historical forms as mutable monuments that avail themselves to acts of re-purpose, re-animation, and perhaps even parody … but always with affection.
Ben Leslie is an Adelaide based artist and founding Co-Director of Fontanelle Gallery and Studios. He has a Masters of Research in Visual Art and currently holds a lecturing position at the University of South Australia School of Art. His sculptural practice has a particular concern with the studio’s ongoing relationship with art historical contexts, and explores the recent return to art-making at the level of first order experience. He has exhibited with the Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia, the Australian Experimental Art Foundation, FELTspace, Fontanelle Gallery and West Space in Melbourne. In early 2017 he will feature in *Versus Rodin: Bodies across space and time* at the Art Gallery of South Australia.