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"New Work - James Angus
2000-10-14 until 2000-11-12
Australian Centre for Contemporary Art
South Yarra, VI,
Remember when you pulled a face as a child and you were told if the wind
blew it'd stay that way forever. London-based Australian artist James Angus
presents his latest sculpture in a similar manner. Utilising computer based
software, various design objects (a teapot, a basketball) and architectural
models (Mies van der Rohe's Seagram Building or the Bavarian King
Ludwig's castle) have been subject to extreme hypothetical forces.
The Seagram Building has been bent like a banana, perhaps in high
cyclonic winds, and the basketball appears squashed as the result of a fall
from 25,000 feet. The castle has been superimposed upon itself in a kind of
doppelganger effect; double the towers, twice as many turrets.
Thus technology enables a high-pressure or calamitous moment for design
to be envisaged, even rendered on the computer. The results become
blueprints for the redesign and construction of new objects by Angus out of
various materials. The moment of the basketball's impact with the ground is
set in bronze while the Seagram building is constructed out of lightweight
timber. The objects comprise a strange, changed world affected by all sorts
of forces and shifts.
Seagram Building, 2000