Last Resort (touring) McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park, Linden Centre for Contemporary Art and Rockhampton Art Gallery, 2014 - 2015
Last Resort (touring) McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park, Linden Centre for Contemporary Art and Rockhampton Art Gallery, 2014 - 2015

This touring exhibition seeks to explore the human cost of Australia’s current policies related to asylum seekers. It throws attention to our own lives of privilege and peaceful comfort, asking us to reflect on the unseen effects of this comfortable existence. Using familiar objects such as pool toys, rubber dingys, lifejackets and paddles, Last Resort presents as unnervingly optimistic front that starts to fray upon closer inspection and consideration - this idyllic and seemingly benevolent existence has a hard and unyielding side.

An immersive sound installation titled Odyessy, recreates the harrowing sounds of being caught in a heavy storm at sea. A single globe hanging in the centre of the room provides the only visual focus for the audience to gather together and listen to the tumult, taking the viewer into an unforgiving ocean, far from the pool toys and leisure aids on show outside.

  Last Resort,  McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park, 16 November 2014 - 18 February 2015 (installation view)

Last Resort, McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park, 16 November 2014 - 18 February 2015 (installation view)

  Last Resort,  McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park, 16 November 2014 - 18 February 2015 (installation view)

Last Resort, McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park, 16 November 2014 - 18 February 2015 (installation view)

  Last Resort,  McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park, 16 November 2014 - 18 February 2015 (installation view)

Last Resort, McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park, 16 November 2014 - 18 February 2015 (installation view)

  Last Resort,  McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park, 16 November 2014 - 18 February 2015 (installation view)

Last Resort, McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park, 16 November 2014 - 18 February 2015 (installation view)

  Durable Solutions II  2014, Wombeyan marble, polyester rope, spigots, 140 x 95 x 12 cm

Durable Solutions II 2014, Wombeyan marble, polyester rope, spigots, 140 x 95 x 12 cm

  Durable Solutions I  2014, Wombeyan marble, polyester rope, spigots, 140 x 95 x 12 cm

Durable Solutions I 2014, Wombeyan marble, polyester rope, spigots, 140 x 95 x 12 cm

  A Paddle...  2014, wood and bianco marble, 100 x 18 x 4cm

A Paddle... 2014, wood and bianco marble, 100 x 18 x 4cm

  Last Resort , Linden Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, 6 January - 22 February 2015 (installation view)

Last Resort, Linden Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, 6 January - 22 February 2015 (installation view)

  Last Resort , Linden Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, 6 January - 22 February 2015 (installation view)

Last Resort, Linden Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, 6 January - 22 February 2015 (installation view)

  Last Resort , Linden Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, 6 January - 22 February 2015 (installation view)

Last Resort, Linden Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, 6 January - 22 February 2015 (installation view)

Last Resort (touring) McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park, Linden Centre for Contemporary Art and Rockhampton Art Gallery, 2014 - 2015
  Last Resort,  McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park, 16 November 2014 - 18 February 2015 (installation view)
  Last Resort,  McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park, 16 November 2014 - 18 February 2015 (installation view)
  Last Resort,  McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park, 16 November 2014 - 18 February 2015 (installation view)
  Last Resort,  McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park, 16 November 2014 - 18 February 2015 (installation view)
  Durable Solutions II  2014, Wombeyan marble, polyester rope, spigots, 140 x 95 x 12 cm
  Durable Solutions I  2014, Wombeyan marble, polyester rope, spigots, 140 x 95 x 12 cm
  A Paddle...  2014, wood and bianco marble, 100 x 18 x 4cm
  Last Resort , Linden Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, 6 January - 22 February 2015 (installation view)
  Last Resort , Linden Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, 6 January - 22 February 2015 (installation view)
  Last Resort , Linden Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, 6 January - 22 February 2015 (installation view)
Last Resort (touring) McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park, Linden Centre for Contemporary Art and Rockhampton Art Gallery, 2014 - 2015

This touring exhibition seeks to explore the human cost of Australia’s current policies related to asylum seekers. It throws attention to our own lives of privilege and peaceful comfort, asking us to reflect on the unseen effects of this comfortable existence. Using familiar objects such as pool toys, rubber dingys, lifejackets and paddles, Last Resort presents as unnervingly optimistic front that starts to fray upon closer inspection and consideration - this idyllic and seemingly benevolent existence has a hard and unyielding side.

An immersive sound installation titled Odyessy, recreates the harrowing sounds of being caught in a heavy storm at sea. A single globe hanging in the centre of the room provides the only visual focus for the audience to gather together and listen to the tumult, taking the viewer into an unforgiving ocean, far from the pool toys and leisure aids on show outside.

Last Resort, McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park, 16 November 2014 - 18 February 2015 (installation view)

Last Resort, McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park, 16 November 2014 - 18 February 2015 (installation view)

Last Resort, McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park, 16 November 2014 - 18 February 2015 (installation view)

Last Resort, McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park, 16 November 2014 - 18 February 2015 (installation view)

Durable Solutions II 2014, Wombeyan marble, polyester rope, spigots, 140 x 95 x 12 cm

Durable Solutions I 2014, Wombeyan marble, polyester rope, spigots, 140 x 95 x 12 cm

A Paddle... 2014, wood and bianco marble, 100 x 18 x 4cm

Last Resort, Linden Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, 6 January - 22 February 2015 (installation view)

Last Resort, Linden Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, 6 January - 22 February 2015 (installation view)

Last Resort, Linden Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, 6 January - 22 February 2015 (installation view)

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