Jen Aitken, Altered Cylinder A (Reaching), 2023. Epoxy resin and fibreglass cloth. Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid
Join us at The Power Plant for the first Sunday Scene of the season, in which artists and collaborators Rhonda Weppler and Trevor Mahovsky will come and share their perspectives and thoughts on Jen Aitken’s exhibition THE SAME THING LOOKS DIFFERENT.
Trevor Mahovsky and Rhonda Weppler
Rhonda Weppler and Trevor Mahovsky make sculptural still life, attenuated by an emphasis on process and materiality. Whether generated by laborious working methods, held together by propping or balancing, or constructed from ephemeral material, their works focus attention upon coming into and out of existence. In them, traces of hand embossing and accumulated paint and plaster drips function as almost-frozen records of the passage of time. By posing their very real vulnerability, temporality and open-endedness as an ambiguously bracketed off ‘life’, the works attempt to picture the world in which they are happily embedded. This self-picturing, wrapped up as it is with a necessarily exaggerated mimicry, is realized as a kind of earthy comedy.