George Egerton Warburton

Steaming ties
January 25 - March 2


Egerton Warburton, Streaming ties 
Steaming Ties, video (still), 2013
George Egerton Warburton (1988, WA, lives in Melbourne) presents a trilogy of works for his first international solo show at Artspace.


An expansive mobile takes over the main gallery, employed as a sculptural tool by the artist. The entity acts as a diagram in space, an almost autonomous being that fluctuates together with the ideas and things that are attached to it. To the extremity of one of its limbs a screen is suspended, which plays Steaming Ties, a cinematic pan of a live chicken filmed in the artist’s studio. In the film, the animal shows its disinterest in the objects that have been arranged around it for possible interaction, while the soundtrack consists of the uncanny reproduction of a barking police dog attacking a burglar as heard over a CB radio in the artist’s kitchen.


Egerton Warburton’s works often take their cue from incongruous elements and ideas, which are both personal and affective, but which the artist is notably not in control of. A moral conundrum usually lies at the basis of his works: every time their ethical and aesthetic repercussions need to be considered.


On show are two video works which explore the arbitrariness of what we see, hear and feel. Why are you wearing athletic gear if you’re not playing any sport today? (2012) is an auto-reflexive film documenting the theft of a camera. In a single take, the footage escorts us past landmarks of Imperial Rome and sites rendered notorious in Italian cinema. In the film Boredom is a Desk With Legs in a Fish Spa (2012) the camera follows the protagonist, an aging man on a scenic farm, as he changes character eight times and delivers a script. His actions and emotions move in and out of sync, describing something other than what he articulates.  

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Film Screening
Thursday 28 February, 7pm
Russian Ark (2002), directed by Alexander Sokurov
Screening time 96 minutes 
Poster design by Eliana Klausen 
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