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Protrusion I

Robb, Charles (2005) Protrusion I. [Visual Artwork]

Description

Protrusion I is a self-portrait bust, rendered with a high degree of naturalism. The work depicts a male subject with a bulbous white form projecting from it nasal and oral orifices. The work forms part of the artist’s ongoing self-portraiture project, in which the tensions between objectivity and subjectivity that pervade the self-portrait as a genre are cross referenced with the notions of materiality and interiority integral to the language of sculpture. The iconography of the work parodies the connection between amorphous form and artistic subjectivity in the history of sculpture. The dough-like forms that emerge from the figure thus refer to a sense of ‘inner life’ while also operating as more analytical projections of the cavities of the bust – areas of the where the mimetic program are necessarily suspended. The result is a figure that appears to be in a state of resigned suffocation. The work was selected for the 2005 National Sculpture Prize and Exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra. The work was later included in the group show Crash (and other earthy pleasures) at the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery at the University of Western Australia in Perth.

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ID Code: 32234
Item Type: Creative Work (Visual Artwork)
Number of Pieces: 1
Locations/Venues:
Location: From date: To date:
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2005-07-15 2005-10-19
Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, University of WA, Perth 2006-02-12 2006-03-29
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Keywords: Self-portraiture, Bust, Subjectivity in art, Amorphous form in art
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > VISUAL ARTS AND CRAFTS (190500) > Fine Arts (incl. Sculpture and Painting) (190502)
Divisions: Past > Disciplines > Art & Design
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 Charles Robb
Copyright Statement: All rights reserved
Deposited On: 14 May 2010 15:32
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2012 13:24

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