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  • DateFriday 1 September
  • Time12:00PM

On Friday 1 September, join artists Spencer Lai, Isabella Darcy, Sarah Goffman and Marian Tubbs in conversation with Backwash curators Tony Oates and Oscar Capezio. The event is free and registration is not necessary to attend.

Contemporary artists have lived through an era of uncertainty and disillusionment. Floating along a current of late-capitalism, a self-perpetuating system of waste, they find themselves stuck in a cyclical deadlock, overloaded with images of humanity’s self-destruction. In creating art from the ‘backwash’ of contemporary life, this group of artists seek to grapple with a tide of excessive mass consumption and an ever intensifying globalisation by readdressing its residues.

Perhaps resigned to the idea that art’s power to change the world has disappeared, or equally suspicious of the subsumption of art into a commodified, institutionalised market, many artists prefer to work within the ‘backwash’ as a way to express their discomfort. Yet these artists are also finely attuned to the poetic plasticity of their materials and seek to break the trajectory of waste by addressing its abject beauty.

Backwash includes works by Robert Bittenbender, Isabella Darcy, George Egerton-Warburton, Sarah Goffman, Spencer Lai, Marian Tubbs, and Philadelphia Wireman. Curated by Oscar Capezio and Tony Oates.

Image: Spencer Lai, Untitled, 2023, foam core, spray paint, beads, house fly, pom pom, nail polish, pencil, ink, fabric, nails, resin. Courtesy the artist and Neon Parc, Melbourne.

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