Children of the Meek

New Works by Priscilla Bracks

Children of the Meek is the latest installment in Priscilla Bracks' controversial art series Making the Empire Cross.The exhibition projects thousands of years in the future, where only the meek survive.Featuring images from ‘historic’ gossip magazines and ‘artefacts’ found in monolithic shopping malls, the show comments on media culture, obsession with body image, youth and the cult of ce

Art Exhibition previously on in Melbourne precinct, Victoria, Australia.
From Wednesday 08 July 2009 to Sunday 02 August 2009
Launch Thursday 16 July 2009, Opening Thursday, July 16th from 6-8pm; Gallery Hours Tues-Sun 10-5pm

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WHAT- Children of the Meek is the latest installment in Priscilla Bracks’ controversial art series Making the Empire Cross. The series uses toys photographed against brightly illustrated backgrounds to explore relationships between media, personal identity, and the world we collectively create through our imaginations and our industry. Previous episodes of Bracks’ fantasy world chronicled events in a fictitious but disturbingly familiar Empire, where history is written by press release, and the laissez faire market place offers extreme adventure tours to your favourite war-zone.

Children of the Meek projects thousands of years in the future, into a post-global warming age. The Empire has crumbled after constant war and entertainment served as dangerous distractions from the plight of the Earth’s collapsing ecosystems. Climate change has forced mass migrations. Cities have been abandoned, and only the most resourceful (the meek) live to childbearing age. This exhibition features images found in our monolithic suburban shopping centres, when cities are finally rediscovered. The Empire fiction continues as these buildings are mistaken for temples where people offered treasure in worship of beautiful goddesses. – until the discovery of historical texts (gossip magazines), denouncing the goddesses as charlatans who create their beauty with advanced medical technology.

As with each previous episode of Making the Empire Cross, these faux gossip magazine articles document the ‘real’ lives of the toys who star in the artworks. Most famous of all is Cherry Wang, a blonde haired, blue-eyed beauty, who is apparently unaware of her plight as a cheap clone of a popular 11-inch doll. Presented as historical documents and museum displays, the gossip magazines and other ‘artefacts’ included in this exhibition, touch on subjects ranging from media culture, through to the current obsession with body image, youth and the cult of celebrity.

WHO – Before completing a first class honours degree in Photography at the Queensland College of Art in 2002, Priscilla Bracks studied and practiced law in Australia. This multifaceted professional background sparked her interest in the interplay between human nature, social justice, law, media and pressing contemporary issues, which she actively explores through her art. Priscilla works within a broad range of mediums including photography, illustration, installation and new-media art.
Priscilla’s previous exhibition, Making the Empire Cross – Baghdad Barbie in the Cradle of Civilisation, showcased a series of bright and punchy lenticular images using one of pop-culture’s most iconic figures: everyone’s favorite blonde haired, blue-eyed, big busted plastic doll.
She sardonically used this childhood toy to comment on contemporary socio-political events, religious mythologies, and popular literature, entertainment, and infotainment. Her use of super-saturated colour and cheeky, ironic interpretation of serious contemporary issues simultaneously challenges, intrigues and entertains viewers.

WHEN: 8th July – 2nd August 2009
WHERE: [MARS] 418 Bay st, Port Melbourne Vic 3207 ph: 03 9681 8425
WHAT NOW: For further information, digital images, or to arrange an interview, please contact Andy Dinan on (03) 9681 8425 or
email andy@marsgallery.com.au.

Location

Melbourne Art Rooms [MARS], 418 Bay St, Port Melbourne