Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts
Former GCAS Studio Artist Arlo Mountford’s intelligent, self-reflexive animation works have become increasingly well-known, featuring in exhibitions at the Adelaide Biennial (2006); Heide Museum of Modern Art (2006); and Conical (2006). For his exhibition at GCAS entitled The Flux of the Matter, Mountford will be employing his trademark slapstick humour in a selection of new animation works, a live computer work, and a kinetic sculpture.
The Flux of the Matter includes a large multi-channel video work featuring animated characters interacting directly with a computer generated representation of GCAS’s architectural spaces, littering it with offcuts from 20th Century art. Mountford will also be re-presenting Chris Burden’s sculpture Samson, only Mountford’s version will feature a motion-sensored car-jack that pushes a foam log into the GCAS Main Gallery’s central column, progressively distorting the log’s shape.
Taking inspiration from office email gags, Buster Keaton and the culture of ‘taking the piss’, Mountford’s work acts as a sly, yet confronting investigation into the role of humour in art and culture.