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27th October - 20th November
OFFSITE: at Firstdraft | 2nd - 20th November
Roger Boyce, Robert Hood & James Oram

 
ROGER BOYCE, ROBERT HOOD & JAMES ORAM
at
Firstdraft
116 - 118 Chalmers Street
Surry Hills, NSW, 2010
2nd - 20th November

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Chalk Horse is proud to exhibit the work of three contemporary artists from New Zealand: Roger Boyce, Robert Hood and James Oram. These artists all embody a contemporary installation practice that interrogates the place of art in the society. There is playful humour and satirical edge to the works. In Boyce's 'Nature Morte' the artist's studio is conflated with a drug laboratory; the alchemy of paint is connected to the chemistry of transgressive drug manufacture. Weren't the first artistic studios also alchemical studios?
Robert Hood's work apes Walter de Maria's Broken Kilometre, also now set up in the de Maria's New York studio. Hood's installations are in fact broken road markers. The high seriousness of minimalism is countered in a neo-minimalist inversion.
James Oram, who has already shown at GOMA, turns the world into his studio; his work is based on small personal victories. It is an experimental art that finds little political and social insurrections through mundane materials or actions.