Placeholders at Platform

Placeholders, Julie Shiels (2012)
Placeholders, Julie Shiels (2012)
Placeholders, Julie Shiels (2012)

Photography: John Brash
PLACEHOLDERS, Platform Contemporary Art Spaces, 2012

Exhibited in the revived display areas in the Degraves St Underpass, the objects and the text in this new work might be familiar but not recognisable. The bronze sculptures are cast from the empty spaces in clear plastic packaging, but bear little physical resemblance to the toys and implements originally enclosed in those transparent voids. Their origins are obscured and abstracted, just as we are distanced from the industrial processes used to produce the original goods.

The faux-Latin text, Lorum Ipsum, is used in publishing and graphic design as a place-holder on unfinished websites or publications. It focuses attention on appearance rather than the meaning. These sculptures and accompanying texts are a metaphoric exploration of 21st century consumer culture.