R is for Relics, Remains and Ruins

Alex Rizkalla and Victor Georgopoulos

Art Exhibition previously on in Brunswick precinct, Victoria, Australia. Published by Ocular Lab Inc. on Tuesday 18 September 2007. Saturday 22 September 2007 to Sunday 07 October 2007.

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h5. A collaboration between artist, Alex Rizkalla, and archeologist, Victor Georgopoulos. Both men are avid and sensitive collectors; for this show they have unpacked selections from their enormous archives and built a temporary dwelling for these objects at Ocular Lab.

Life is made up of a great number of small incidents and a small number of great ones; this exhibition is both. R is for relics remains and ruins is an extraordinary display of retrieved and rescued historical refuse unearthed from numerous Melbourne urban landfills, or found in frequent visits to familiar charity shops or picked up on coastal beaches where a shipwreck’s fragments have slowly surfaced.

This exhibition is both a documentary of a remarkable time most of us have never encountered on such an unofficial scale as well as a visually poetic meta-fiction in which each object presented is a word that makes up a sentence and then a paragraph of material culture and intimate identity.

Hundreds and thousands of fragments and things, natural and manufactured, sometimes unrecognizable and many must now be endangered or extinct; each object has been acquired and collected over many years by the artists who share a fascination for both history and aestheticized qualities of material evidence.

In this collaboration Rizkalla and Georgopoulos have unpacked selections of their enormous archives and built a temporary dwelling for these objects at Ocular Lab.

Only in extinction is the collector comprehended. -Walter Benjamin, “Unpacking My Library”, Illuminations

Elvis Richardson.

Alex Rizkalla is an artist and collector.
Victor Georgopoulos is an archaeology and Australian History graduate
and collector.

Location

Ocular Lab Inc.
31 Pearson St., West Brunswick 3055
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tel. 03 9380 9184
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