AES+F ANGELS.DEMONS

AES+F’s Angels.Demons present a new vision of the apocalypse, one that heralds not the end of the world, but the beginning of a new one.

Art Exhibition previously on at Anna Schwartz Gallery - Sydney in Chippendale precinct, New South Wales, Australia.
From Saturday 16 February 2013 to Saturday 13 April 2013

Angels.Demons #3 image

Published by anonymous on Thursday 27 December 2012.
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The seven large-scale, black, mirror finished sculptures play with cultural anxiety, by fusing two things every culture has in common: infants and demons. Modelled after babies of African, Asian and Indian descent, the generalised genderless figures are dressed only in nappies. Angelic wings and demonic tails sprout from each, suggesting youth to be both the saviours and the saboteurs of civilisation as we know it: harbingers of an uncertain future for the declining ‘West’.

A typically ambiguous comment on the future of a rapidly expanding Europe, the work has its own resonance in Australia, where AES+F recognise tension between ‘new arrivals’ of every period in the continent’s history.

The artists decline to place themselves in the debate that their formally slick, aesthetically seductive tableaux evoke, insisting instead that the work focus a lens on the unarticulated hopes and fears generated by these babies.

For further information, interview requests and imagery please contact Kym Elphinstone at kym@articulatepr.com.au or Gabrielle Wilson on 0433 972 915 and gabrielle@articulatepr.com.au