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Francis Alÿs | Arlo Mountford | Gemma Smith

13 November – 4 December 2010

Curated by Ellie Buttrose and Bree Richards

From the utopian ambitions of the modernist movement through pop culture piss-take and the confusion of life in the 21st century, each artist in ‘Three Moves’ engages with a dizzying spectrum of forms and ideas. Works by Francis Alÿs Arlo Mountford, and Gemma Smith all muck around with Marcel Duchamp’s famous maxim that ‘art is a game’, variously poking fun at, reconfiguring, or playing with a vast array of visual referents, from the familiar to the foreign. Rather than breaking free from the past, each artist meets it head on, mining the annals of art history in order to make it new – to ham it up, break it open, and take it out to the streets. Three artists, three moves: It’s a nonsensical game between irony and intellect where art wins hands down.

Exhibition Catalogue | Essays by Ellie Buttrose and Bree Richards

Exhibition Documentation

Image: Crawl 2 Three Moves 2010. Installation view at Boxcopy.