Dylan Batty, Eugene Choi, Kalanjay Dhir and Nina Dodd.
29th May - 9th June
Opening 29th May 6pm
Fold it up like a ZIP file and send it across the world or to your neighbour. IKEA’s global & domestic colonialism is attractive in more ways than just its price.
Flat Pack is a group show including Sydney-based emerging artists Dylan Batty, Eugene Choi, Kalanjay Dhir and Nina Dodd, featuring work appropriating the imperative design ideology of the ‘flat pack’ into their respective practices; That is, the aesthetic typified by IKEA, one that promises a democratic assemblage and most importantly an ease of production and mass-dispersion.
The work being developed for the show aims to dissolve the definitions of the transit and storage of commercial art objects. Eugene Choi’s adaptation will be a literal disassembling of existing works presented as being packed and ready to be moved on; while Dylan Batty’s adaptation combines video documentation of transit between the financial capital and political capital, a process concealed from public view, aestheticised for ease of consumption. No longer are artworks produced solely for viewings
Kalanjay Dhir is attempting to produce a dehydrated self-portrait by unpacking self-imaging in relation to the Western (via Global South) commercialisation of fitness. Nina Dodd in her post-digital collages, uses the displacement and reconfiguration of images and objects to think about cross-historical linkages making direct reference to the shop front gallery.
Flat Pack-ing as a school of design has quietly become reflective of the compressive thinking that now guides the market, public and private spaces.
Flat pack >> unpack >> repackage.
Dylan Batty Eugene Choi Kalanjay Dhir Nina Dodd
You too can do this I once was an elegant Pidgeon Hydroyoga (3 Body) Flat pack, my love.
in a performence for my friend