Recalcitrant Bodies – Isadora Vaughan

B6DPPG Human blood cells, coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM)

Opening Thursday 31 August, 6-8pm
Exhibition Friday 1 – Saturday 23 September 2017

The Honeymoon Suite is pleased to announce the opening of Recalcitrant Bodies on Thursday 31 August 2017. Recalcitrant Bodies is a sculptural installation by Isadora Vaughan, which includes individual works and text by Clementine Edwards, Debris Facility, Amanda Horowitz and Aodhan Madden.

Imagine you are a fish, turned inside out, then in again, then out.

If the floor is the flesh, these armatures are the bones, and the rest is the fat and the organs and the swarms of information that talk and travel, atmospherically between, breathing in, breathing out. Inside is another landscape.

Recalcitrant Bodies is a sculptural installation by Isadora Vaughan, which includes individual works and text by Clementine Edwards, Debris Facility, Amanda Horowitz and Aodhan Madden. Spanning across the entire gallery, Vaughan utilises steel, ceramic and glass to build a ground across the space, one that houses tender, sculptural manifestations of an imagined body’s interior.

A poem by Clementine Edwards plays through earbuds strung up and threaded between a loose mobile of beeswax in the shape of a flying, mollusc-like coat hanger. The poem charts a non-linear experience of violence. Textile and sculptural works by Amanda Horowitz draw, tape, glue, drag, burn, and prick pictures onto bodies. She disrupts the pattern or silhouette of cloth and readymade clothing, creating costumes and backdrops for a violently stylish theatre diorama – a cape that can be worn slung across the face of power. Circling around the space, Aodhan Madden contributes a series of small texts, dissolving, weeping, moving towards absorption. In 2016 Debris Facility made a film of a performance with Vaughan’s installation Cunjevoi exhibited at Station Gallery, Melbourne in 2016. Here, the film will be represented, absorbed, reiterating the messy lines of authorship and further subverting any claims of ownership that the individual works might once have made.

Recalcitrant Bodies wills felt bodies out of a recipe of dissimilar ingredients, baking them into the building’s mass. It uses the context of material enquiry to engage in the politics of synthetics, feminism, ownership and trauma; and interrogates how these things can manifest in some physical state, bound and unbound by the laws of nature.

  • Isadora Vaughan is a Melbourne-based artist working in sculpture. Her practice unpacks and experiments with material as geological, temporal, associative and emotional. She has a BFA (Honours) from the Victorian College of the Arts, 2014. She is represented by Station Gallery, Melbourne.
  • Clementine Edwards was born in Melbourne, lives in Rotterdam and is undertaking her MA at the Dutch Art Institute.
  • The Debris Facility Pty Ltd was founded in 2015 as a means to illuminate processes of resource repurposing, affective labour exchanges, dematerialisation of value, and mutations through transport and logistics. Operating across an intersection of sculptural installation, performance and wearable works, The Facility works from a parasitic framework, implicating other life forms, situations and spaces through processes of chance, accumulation, mutation and entropy.
  • Amanda Horowitz is a Los-Angeles based artist. She works with and between sculpture, video, writing and performance. Amanda earned her BFA in Interdisciplinary Sculpture from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2013 and attended the Skowhegan School for Painting and Sculpture in 2016. She is also a co-founder of Medium Judith, an experimental theatre company founded with Bryan Collins (circa 2013).
  • Aodhan Madden is an artist and writer based in Melbourne.

The exhibition and works have been made on Kulin Nation land. The participants acknowledge the Wurundjeri people as the first and continuing custodians of these lands and waters. They recognise sovereignty has never been ceded and they pay their respects to their Elders past and present.
Image: Magnification view of human blood cells under a Color scanning electron micrograph. Science Photo Library / Alamy Stock Photo.

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