Sunday, February 28, 2010

Timothy Kendall Edser

Timothy Kendall Edser is a performance artist best known for Tension, a series of ongoing performance/installations centred around the artist's body.

Tension has been exhibited at West Space (Melbourne), Blindside (Melbourne), MOP Projects (Sydney), Galerie Petronas (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) and most recently at VCA's Margaret Lawrence Gallery in 2009 as part of a group show curated by Meredith Turnbull entitled Once More With Feeling.

Tension (miniature arm), 2010, perspex, digitally imprinted plastic, thermoplastic

My practice is based around an ongoing series of physical performance and installation projects titled Tension (2001—).

The Tension series centres on the body, its physical mass and its interaction with structured environments. Using my body as both the object and subject of these works, the series continues to test the limits of my own body while creating diverse modes of visualising movement and endurance. In past Tension performances my body has been tightly compressed within a sculptural press, dragged through substances representing my body weight, running and falling through solid walls and floors, and most recently, braced into poses reminiscent of classical sculpture using prosthetic supports. All in all the aim has been to challenge ideals of masculinity.

Everyday, we adorn ourselves with objects such as clothing, jewellery and makeup and pump our bodies full of vitamins, steroids and poisons in the aim to attract a partner or live up to a social ideal of beauty. For Insert Coin Here I explore that idea that ideals of beauty and consumerism will be so intertwined that in an idealised future we may be able to purchase new body parts to both enhance and glamorise our former self.

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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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