Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro Venereal Architecture at Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
31 July 2014 - 30 August 2014
“Our exhibition, Venereal Architecture, is about the spaces we inhabit. As humans we are forever adapting and manipulating our environment to cope with the elements and creatures that share our spaces. We build structures that enclose and protect us from nature. Air conditioning controls the temperature and we domesticate animals so they can live with us. Our control over nature (or lack there of) is central to this body of work.
Lego and Ikea furniture are very similar in a sense: they are both objects of aspiration that require assembly. Lego, which we grew up with, represents the dreams and fantasies of a child; Ikea furniture, which has become so ubiquitous, represents the dreams and fantasies of an adult. By meshing these two objects together we can think about the gap between our fantastic dreams and our banal longings. Both products represent destruction and re-construction, which are concerns we revisit continually within our practice.
The wall works act as a counterpoint to a possible reading of the sculptural works as a simple man/nature dichotomy. The works represent our sublimated animal urges expressed through shopping. The Lego wall works are based on found screen shots from pornos that utilise Ikea furniture within their set design. The ubiquity and relative economy of Ikea furniture means that it was inevitable that the furniture should share the screen with actors in low budget skin flicks.
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