Hygenia3000 curated by Brigid Hansen opens 6pm Wednesday 7th March 2018
Shuichi Kori, Megan Kennedy, Nabilah Nordin and Nick Modrzewski
True Estate

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Hygenia3000 curated by Brigid Hansen

OPENING Wednesday 7th March 6pm Exhibition runs from March 7 - April 1st Shuichi Kori, Megan Kennedy, Nabilah Nordin and Nick Modrzewski True Estate would like to invite you to Hygenia3000 curated by Brigid Hansen who describes the curatorial concept as blending the classical with the consumer good, Hygenia3000 explores the use of domestic appliance in contemporary sculpture through the lens of four emerging artists Measure out your fabric softener, empty your dust bin and clear your countertops, its all about our time and the machine @ True Estate this month. Gallery open Saturday and Sunday 3-6pm, exhibition runs until April 1st.

Image: Shui Kori, ‘Mitsibushi’ 2018.

March 7 - April 1 2018


You ascend the steep stairs from the ground floor liquor department, take a left, follow the signs down the corridor and enter the display room. Black laminate and a musty air-conditioner thats smell belies its shine. You ring the assistance bell and are ushered to a section called ‘Air Displacement’, washed into a relaxed-frenetic state by baroque Classical static and display models with shiny labels and big names and numbers and promise. Pneumatic, electric, hypnotic. You can’t possibly absorb it all at once. White spotlight illuminates a Dyson Bladeless AM06 Desk Fan with shiny electric blue interior as it gently oscillates, blowing a surreal breeze into your chest. You wonder how it works without the blades. Mike directs you to the Hitachi RB40VA 550W Blower With Variable Speed Switch. It’s lined up in front of a stack of gold confetti. You imagine the power of a 3.8m3/minute airflow and how it would dramatically levitate the gold confetti if it went off. You’d feel like you’d won a game show. Come on down! You imagine what you would do with it all; a seemingly endless vacuum hose, a new wall-mounted ‘Mitsibushi’ air-conditioner, a dualfunction sculptural cleaning brush. What would you do with it all?

Playful yet serious, these sculptural works by Melbourne artsits Nabilah Nordin, Nick Modrzewski, Megan Kennedy and Shui Kori use the visual language of the display showroom to collectively assert the banal ubiquity of the cleaning appliance.

In Modrzewski and Nordin’s collaborative sculptural installation, cords and hoses protrude from hyper-classical furniture-objects in a kind of comedic ornamentation. Their works play on the idea of appliance aesthetics existing separate from their function in obtuse ways; a romanesque column-height soap stand seeking to be powered,a shiny sculpted vacuum head compiled from discarded rock-like scraps alongside its caramel hose.

In Megan Kennedy’s ‘Untitled’, time and patience are played upon where a microgenerator attached to a wall-mounted miniature leafblower calculates through quantum indeterminacy a random point at which power will be distributed to the appliance. The installation,with its gold confetti flakes distributed across the floor in combination with a precise stack of untouched material creates a sense that the event has both happened and could happen again - a continual happening.

Shui Kori’s coy, tongue-in-cheek installation of a jumble-lettered Mitsubishi car decal, a small orange smiley-face fan purchased from Daiso and a bladeless fan oscillating toward sheets of nori speaks to the artist’s fascination with the collection, redistibution and appropriation of Japanese cultural symbology to eurocentric cultures. The minimalist, polite and at times barely visible style of installation is a direct reflection of the artist’s felt invisibility as a product of and a minority presence in a Western technological context.

- Brigid Hansen