TIM HAWKINSON: MAPPING THE MARVELOUS
Published on the occasion of the exhibition Tim Hawksinon: Mapping the Marvelous (December 11, 2007 - March 5, 2008), held at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia.
For this major solo exhibition, the artist’s first in Australia, Hawkinson presented sculptures, photo-collages and drawings from the mid 1990s to 2007. Earlier works included a balloon self-portrait, comprising a suspended latex cast of the artist’s body that was inflated via a wall-mounted reservoir of air, like a gigantic bladder or lung. Another work, Drip, comprised a monstrous form with white twisted-plastic tentacles that released droplets of water into steel buckets ringed about its base. The rhythmic staccato of the ‘drip-drip-drip’ suggested a drumming machine.
Mapping was a central theme in the exhibition. Reflecting a desire for order and containment in an often chaotic world, the artist used maps and charts, volumes and measurements to various ends. Some took the form of body maps, tracing the circumference of the human figure as well as its interior recesses. Others measured the negative space around the body; while one self-portrait used a mirror to document and distort the artist’s face, torso and limbs with humorous, hobbit-like results.Physical description:
Softcover; 167 pages
Sydney: Museum of Contemporary Art, 2007