Artworks by Alicia King, Simon Finn and Brodie Ellis will be presented in three solo exhibitions at Linden New Art running from Saturday 7 September until Sunday 10 November. All three exhibitions explore the theme of dystopian futures.
Linden New Art curator Juliette Hanson said: “These artists consider what the future might look like if we continue to destroy our natural environment and question whether it’s possible for advancements in technology to save us.”
Heavy Launch by Brodie Ellis considers the environmental impact of space travel and the irony of using an immense amount of natural resources in order to escape a depleted planet. Ellis will present a video work showing dozens of rocket launches alongside a sculptural installation of the debris of a failed rocket launch. These works are contrasted with a video about cuttlefish who, in stark contrast, live in complete synchronicity with their underwater environment. Ellis’ work encourages us to look to the animal world for inspiration as to how we might live in greater harmony with our planet.
Alicia King is interested in humanity’s drive for technological supremacy and the ever- increasing pace at which we move into the ‘future’. King’s exhibition, Our Long Conversation with the Sun includes materials such as tissue cultures, rare earth magnets and fluorescent gasses that King combines to raise ethical questions about the use of technology to manipulate nature. King holds a PhD from the University of Tasmania titled Transformations of the Flesh; Rupturing Embodiment through Biotechnology and her work is part of MONA’s collection.
Simon Finn’ s exhibition Breath-hold Dwelling explores the relationship between human life and the ocean. Finn is a keen surfer and is currently free-dive training to increase his ability to hold his breath. His work explores the potential for human adaptation and the idea of a future in which we might spend more time below the water than above it. Finn draws on physics, technology and emotion to produce hypothetical scenarios of destruction and regeneration, governed by the power of the ocean. Finn is a sessional lecturer and resource developer at Deakin University and RMIT (Specialised Communication in the School of Architecture), where he is currently a PhD candidate in Art.
The exhibition will be opened by CLIMARTE’s Executive Director Bronwyn Johnson.
Linden New Art
26 Acland Street, St Kilda 3182
Opening: Friday 6 September 2019, 6-8pm.
Exhibition dates: 7 September – 10 November 2019
Brodie Ellis, Heavy Launch [film still], 2019. Image courtesy of the artist.