Sense: Emily Parsons-Lord X Laure Prouvost
- When 12 May - 8 Jul 2018
36 GOSBELL STREET PADDINGTON NSW 2021
02 9331 7775
The recently opened Paddington art space called Cement Fondu is presenting an exhibition titled Sense bringing together Turner Prize Winning artist Laure Prouvost with Sydney-based artist Emily Parsons-Lord (UNSW Art & Design).
Together Prouvost and Parsons-Lord playfully and seductively explore human sensuality, technology and nature. Highlighting how we apprehend the world through our senses they also gently interrogate the ways in which we seek to comprehend and make sense of it – from everyday devices to innovative science, superstition and speculation.
Prouvost’s video works Swallow and Lick in the Past invoke the senses - touch, taste, sight and sound - creating dream-like scenarios that capture the beauty of nature and the freedoms of youth. Prouvost's work takes audiences on a journey into the idyllic and timeless pleasures of the Italian countryside and to the wistful speculations of adolescents in LA. With humour, Prouvost seems to relish our once-natural state of communing with nature and the small but persistent ways in which digital technologies jolt us away.
Parsons-Lord makes sculptural installations that bring together biotechnology and participatory experiences. Looking to past and into the future, her new work examines the timeless human impulse to reimagine and alter the environment, whether in physical or conceptual ways. Parsons-Lord takes inspiration from interpretations of atmospheric events as portents - or omens - such as the weather phenomenon of ‘blood rain’. For instance, in the immersive environment The Sky is Falling (then let us run) the artist reflects on human inflicted environmental damage and geoengineering solutions that will likely produce profound environmental and aesthetic effects. Generations to come may find themselves under a differently-coloured sky.
A live public event will accompany the exhibition, in the form of a collaboration between Emily Parsons-Lord and musicians Jane Grimm and Sue Christie. Creating a musical interpretation of ‘blood rain’, the composition will be performed on Viols, string instruments of the historical moment from which accounts of ‘blood rain’ emerged.