Space. It seems to go on and on forever. Then you get to the end, and a monkey starts throwing barrels at you.
Phillip Fry, Futurama
From time immemorial artists have looked to the heavens with a sense of awe and wonder but infinity (as we know it) is definitely not the concern of Innerspace. Christopher Bennie, Jacqueline Bradley, Ham Darroch, Shellaine Godbold, Ellis Hutch, Claire Pendrigh Elliott, Rusty Peters and Jed Wolki take a view of space that is more about reverie than comprehension. Deep space thus becomes a profoundly personal matter. Whether employing cosmic clichés, scientific research, observation or stories, the universal is to be found at home; in the kitchen, the nursery, the studio or the extended backyard. Materials are nearly always appropriately modest, with for example, cardboard boxes, toilet rolls, chocolate wrappers, wool, old newspapers, trash and breakfast cereal expressing grand(iose) ideas that engage with a futile struggle to conquer the meaning of life. Quite simply, Innerspace is an exhibition that sees the notion of space grounded by the gravitational pull of prosaic imagination.
Jacqueline Bradley, Universal Breakfast, 2013, wood, bronze, steel, silverware, ceramic, card, plastic paper; 130cm x 130cm x 70cm
Photograph: courtesy of the artist; photography by Brenton McGeachie.
Chris Bennie whose work features in Innerspace, is also exhibiting ,The Waves + Control Rooms at PhotoAccess from 2-26 July. His visit to Canberra is supported in partnership PhotoAccess and Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres’ Visiting Artists Program.