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"Dallas Seitz: Hunted - the cannibalism of colonial collectorexia"
2007-10-24 until 2008-01-08
Pump House Gallery
UK United Kingdom
Pump House Gallery is pleased to present Dallas Seitz's first solo show in a UK public gallery, which will include a number of significant new commissioned works. Moving between the mediums of video, sculpture, drawing and photography Seitz investigates the processes of hunting and collecting as a form of colonization and obsession. Though the artist's practice is largely conceptual, much of his work originates from the personal. Often drawing on his own family, upbringing, and memories Seitz moves towards psychological and political terrains - exploring the wider motivations, intentions and implications behind the act of collecting.
HUNTED (the cannibalism of colonial collectorexia) features a variety of artworks in a number of different media including films, images, handmade objects and bronze and glass sculptures. Drawing from the iconography of children’s stories and Boy Scout handbooks, the rituals of coyote hunters, and the early curatorial practices of the cabinets of curiosities, each work explores the way in which children are reared and in some ways colonised by parents and society. At the heart of the show lies a visual feast, a room crammed with 150 exquisite handmade dolls shipped from Canada, that form part of the artist's grandmothers 2000 strong collection (one of the largest in Canada).
Preview 26 October 2007
Dallas Seitz completed an MA at Chelsea School of Art and Design. He has shown in a range of international venues including Flipside Gallery, New York; Gallery West Berlin, Germany; The Banff Centre, Canada; Carter Presents, London. He is also co-founder and director of 1000000mph project space in Bethnal Green, London, a contemporary artist run space with a rapidly growing reputation for showing challenging and innovative young artists.
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