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And this Time the Well Is Alive
Curated by Amelia Winata

Alexandra Peters, 'Blowback' at Asbestos, Melbourne, 2024. Photo: Aden Miller.
Alexandra Peters, 'Blowback' at Asbestos, Melbourne, 2024. Photo: Aden Miller.

17 August -
13 October 2024

Gertrude Contemporary

21-31 High Street, Preston South

Opening Event
Fri 16 August, 6-8pm

And this Time the Well Is Alive presents works from eight local and international artists, each of whom pervert industrial and bureaucratic forms through grotesquery in their work. Specifically, the exhibition frames these processes through the metaphor of digestion. All the artworks begin with a more or less industrial material foundation that the artists then subvert through methods like disintegration, melting, or poking holes. Inherent to And this Time the Well Is Alive are larger themes of power and wealth. It is often said that with the advent of industrialisation, organic human bodies were rendered machine-like: “engines burning food as fuel.” Indeed, much capitalist and neo-liberal vernacular invokes the language of digestion—“consumerism,” “trimming the fat.” From a socialist perspective, imagery of fatness or pigs is often invoked to conjure corporate and individual greed. Overlaying organic digestive processes on the hard and inorganic materiality of the post-industrial is deliberately jarring. And this is the point: it is precisely through this explicit forcing together of conflicting frameworks that we come to the grotesque—a libidinal desire for something that simultaneously attracts and repels.

Artists

  • Alexandra Peters
  • Alicia Frankovich
  • Burchill and McCamley
  • Darcy Wedd
  • Erin Hallyburton
  • Iris Touliatou
  • Joseph Beuys

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Gertrude Contemporary

Wurundjeri Country
21-31 High Street
Preston South VIC
Melbourne, Australia

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Tuesday–Sunday 11am–5pm

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Wurundjeri Country
44 Glasshouse Road
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Melbourne, Australia

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