Sunday, February 28, 2010

Alexander Ouchtomsky

Originally from Queensland, Alexander Ouchtomsky is a recent graduate from RMIT's Fine Arts (Painting) course. Alexander has participated in numerous group exhibitions in Melbourne including Skin and Bones in 2008 and 2009 (Penthouse Mouse, BUS Projects), Zero & Not (45 Downstairs), Canadian Pharmacy (Neon Parc) and the Sustainable Living Festival in 2009 and 2010.

Battle Toad, 2009, mixed media

Alexander Ouchtomsky's work is
constructed by a means of collecting and hoarding various different plastics, organic matter, toys, sports equipment and helmets. By piecing together these various two dimensional and three dimensional examples of western consumer waste either by collage or construction, his work draws connections between the forgotten histories of suburban waste and the possible potential of these objects as lost segments of an imagined civilisation.

For Insert Coin Here, Alexander has created a special series of small sculptures, of which several of pictured below:

Dracunculiasis reign supreme, 2010, found plastics

Hibiscus happy meal, 2010, found plastics

Lobster and triceratops headdress for flamboyant storm trooper, 2010, found plastics

Paramite, 2010, found plastics

Toxo, 2010, found plastics

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is a group exhibition curated by Nella Themelios & Kim Brockett. The exhibition is part of the 2010 L'Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival cultural program.

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comprises of two vending machines strategically placed in public spaces around the Melbourne CBD. Containing limited edition 'fashion objects' produced by over 60 Melbourne-based artists, the vending machines are activated when a member of the public inserts a $2 coin. The exhibition explores alternative interfaces of exchange for fashion, the mechanised system as a form of 'fashion dialogue'. More broadly, it thinks through discourses around public space and the role that fashion might play in it.

1 - 31 March 2010

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