HYPERactive was conceived in a miasma of unreality. Words seemed inadequate to describe works that sounded implausible, if not absurd. Artists imagined the unimaginable; the devil as t.v presenter, a plague of rabbits on the lounge room carpet, a picturesque Austrian tourist attraction in China, a Victorian séance generator, leaping salmon against a paint by numbers waterfall, possum skin cloaks made from Elmo pelts and paintings that reflect a sense of imminent global annihilation. As elements of Ripley’s Believe it or Not emerged and took hold, a dark cloud gathered over this hypothetical exhibition. The ‘devil’ occupies all of these works.
Featuring works by Bianca Beetson, Claudia Chaseling, Richard Grayson, Jay Kochel, Catherine Laudenbach, Rebecca Selleck and Jay Younger
Image: Rebecca Selleck, Lapin Fam, 2016, Found rabbit skin coats, found rug, planetary motors, heat conductive wiring, electrics, steel, stainless steel, polyester, synthetic stuffing, 135 x 300 x 200cm (approximately); courtesy of the artist
Richard Grayson is represented by Matt’s Gallery, London and Yuill Crowley, Sydney
Claudia Chaseling is represented by Yuill Crowley, Sydney and thanks Australian National University and artsACT for their support