Speaking of Utopia, Tony Albert and Louis Grant
Artists in Residents Tony Albert and Louis Grant will discuss how the dual strength and fragility of glass as a material offers opportunities to interrogate the ability to be fractured and recreated. This is a methodology Tony Albert has applied in his large collage and assemblage works that bring together images and found objects of Aboriginal people, their cultural materials and designs. Through re-arrangement and transformation of these found images and objects, Albert successfully generates new conversations about race and power relations in Australia and across the globe. While emerging artist Louis Grant looks at the paradox of the queer self, and the expectations between the ‘performance of self’ and ‘true self’. Grant’s work strips back the performance of self to find an authentic, raw and nuanced voice.