Ubiquitous Object, Ambivalent Things

Ubiquitous Object, Ambivalent Things, Julie Shiels (2015)
Ubiquitous Object, Ambivalent Things, Julie Shiels (2015)
Ubiquitous Object, Ambivalent Things, Julie Shiels (2015)
Ubiquitous Object, Ambivalent Things, Julie Shiels (2015)
Ubiquitous Object, Ambivalent Things, Julie Shiels (2015)
Ubiquitous Object, Ambivalent Things, Julie Shiels (2015)
Ubiquitous Object, Ambivalent Things, Julie Shiels (2015)
Ubiquitous Object, Ambivalent Things, Julie Shiels (2015)

Photographs: Christian Capurro

UBIQUITOUS OBJECT, AMBIVALENT THINGS: JULIE SHIELS
Margaret Lawrence Gallery: 26 to 04 July, 2015

The ambivalent things in this exhibition emerge from ubiquitous objects: clear plastic packages or blister packs. Rather than working with trash as constituent materials, this project focuses on the space left behind by the act of consumption, abstracting and reproducing the void in discarded packaging. While the artwork remains linked to the original commodity via indexical processes of casting, imprinting and cameraless photography, it is simultaneously abstracted and distanced.

This installation of photograms and sculptures stretches contemporary art strategies for transforming art made from waste. It reflects on the how remnants of consumption can be apprehended beyond the status of the commodity and endeavours to navigate around ‘aesthetic fatigue’ — a visual overload of images relating to waste (Scanlan 2013). The project uses the ‘ready made’ mould of the plastic package to visualise the space of consumption, inviting poetic reflections on the temporality, materiality and mutability of waste.

Material Affect, Objects 1 – 9 (2013) photogram — silver gelatin print, 93 X 111 cm.
Shrink (2015) vacuum formed acrylic and vinyl lettering (Lorem Ipsum), various dimensions.
Things Fall Apart (2013 – 15) peg board and dry plaster, 232 x 360 cm.
Breach (2015) plaster and MDF, 240 x 250 cm.
Hook (2015) resin, various dimensions.
Gap (2012) acrylic dye and thread, 400 x 250 cm.
Resisting Disappearance, Texts 1 – 4 (2015) digital print, various dimensions.