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The Listening vs Striles of Ming (Bruce Mowson & Elliot Howard)



VAC, Bendigo
13 February – 24 March, 2013

For this exhibition Bruce Mowson and Elliot Howard have produced a sculptural installation comprising a series of potentially useable box-like forms that will occupy the VAC’s gallery space. 

On encountering the work the viewer may or may not be enticed into touching, occupying, seeing through, moving and listening to these artworks.  The viewer could also treat the works as discrete sculptural pieces, simply looking at them and wondering what they do and why they are there. By viewing, sensing and/or using the work, you have understood it. There are no authorised ways of coming to know it and there are no better or worse ways of knowing it that would qualify your specific experiences as more or less valid.

The sculptural products are the end result of an extended period of collaborative studio work by Mowson and Howard. During this period Mowson and Howard have developed an in-directed way of working that encompasses, amongst other things, fabrication, discussion, design, critical reflection, material selection and testing all of the above. Through the working process they encountered unexpected composite effects, including those that they have dubbed favela-glance, disco-touch and amoeba-noise. The working process is quite peculiar to the collaboration and these effects.  It also included qualities that they might describe as the friction produced between adjacent and slowly brewed subjectivities, the disarming affective qualities of noise meeting cheek and the divining of ephemeral political, libidinal and golden forces.

Bruce Mowson
Elliot Howard
Visual Arts Centre (Bendigo)

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