Die Sektions was exhibited in the E3 art space at Wagga Wagga Art Gallery in September of 2012. This exhibition featured drawings, paintings, photographs and video. These works explored the complexity of individual identity, exposing different sides of self, playing with how we read the face, how we attempt to get to know another person, and the role that images play in these processes.
Read as 'Dissections' the exhibition title literally translates from German as 'The Sections'. With this double meaning the exhibition reflected how representations of people can be considered objectifying or even violent, positioning the subject as a powerless figure under the scrutiny of the observer.
Some of the works in Die Sektions were produced with the direct participation of the Wagga Wagga public, as part of Curran's residency project, Identify, Identity, Identikit hosted by the Museum of the Riverina earlier this year. During this residency, members of the public were invited to sit for the artist while he drew sections of their face – their eyebrows, eyes, noses or lips – and a database of facial features was produced. From these a series of works were made, rearranging the facial features to produce composite faces that express and project rich emotional lives and histories.
The artist says of his work that “describing another person is an act of cutting them up into fragments to represent their different qualities. Throughout history the human condition has been dissected in art, science and philosophy in an attempt to understand who we are and what it means to be a self. Die Sektions is an experiment with the aim to understand the relationship between the various slices or fragments that make us a coherent self.”
Die Sektions was launched in the E3 art space on the banks of Wollundry Lagoon on Thursday 6 September, 2012 from 6pm until 8pm. The exhibition was be open to the public until Sunday 16 September.
List of works
- One of us, 2012. 42 framed hexachcrome photographic prints. 45 x 35cm each.
- Getting to know you 2010. Acrylic ink on glass 21x 29 cm.
- Getting closer 2011. Acrylic ink on glass 21x 29 cm.
- Made up, 2012. Oil on hexachcrome photograph. 35 x 48cm with frame.
- Denis O’Connor (Doppelgänger series), 2011. Acrylic on unprimed canvas. 30 x 40cm.
- Population 492, 2012. 492 hexachcrome photographic prints. Approximately 5x5cm.
- Individual music performance for one, 2012. DVD video runtime approximately 22 minutes. Edition of 1.
- Guess who? #1 2012. Oil on raw canvas. 30 x 40cm
- Guess who? #2 2012. Oil on raw canvas. 30 x 40cm
- Errol Fielder (Finding Arthur Wicks Portrait Miniature Series), 2011. Acrylic ink on four layers of glass 4 x 5cm.
- Jane Naylor (Finding Arthur Wicks Portrait Miniature Series), 2011. Acrylic ink on four layers of glass 4 x 5cm.
- Sections, 2012. Plasticine and readymade stainless steel table 124 x 61 x 99cm