FRONT GALLERY: JEN MATHEWS (VIC) - CITY OF FUTURE EXCESS
Opening - 5:30 PM - Wednesday, 7th December
Artist Talks - 6:00pm
Running - 8th December - 24th December 2016
It seems impossible to imagine a future living space, which does not simply repeat the grim echoing mistakes of the past. What are the governing symbols of aspiration of a future city? They will be constructed from the excess waste of a city past, present and future.
The practice of luxury will always embody a fraudulent space, relying upon discreet imitation, unable to ever achieve an affiliation with ‘nature’ that is not automatically debased or distended.
City of future excess deconstructs the veneer of contemporary lifestyle and culture, a culture that is built upon symbols of aspiration, power and success.
Jen Mathews is an artist based in Melbourne. Her work explores social and political concerns through sculpture, video and assemblage. She has recently completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) at the Victorian College of the Arts. In 2015, she graduated from the University of South Australia with a Bachelor of Visual Arts, and was the recipient of the Constance Gordon-Johnson Sculpture and Installation Prize.