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New exhibition challenges one’s limitations

The Tortoise and the Hare, Nicholas Kleindienst, 2017, watercolour on paper.

Spanning video, painting, sculpture, and installation, Art Space Wodonga’s newest exhibition, by Melbourne artist Nicholas Kleindienst, is a thought challenging exploration of existential ethics.Titled …like a dog without a bone, this multi-disciplinary exhibition encourages audiences to question the possibilities for critical examination of the parameters that define their existence; whether they be physical, such as restricted or controlled bodily movement, or immaterial, such as social stereotypes, preconceptions, or hierarchies.

Taking Aesop’s fable of The Tortoise and the Hare as an analogy of escape; escaping from the conditions of one’s existence, the exhibition deconstructs and repurposes narratives of competition in seeking clarification between expected and unexpected endings, between assumed and potential events.

The exhibition takes inspiration from German philosopher Martin Heidegger, who described authentic existence as being when someone realises their own potentiality, rather than an assumed potential prescribed to them from others.

…like a dog without a bone will be officially opened on Friday, October 6, from 5.30pm to 8.30pm, and will feature a performance by quirky musical group, the Spooky Ukies.

An artist talk with Nicholas will follow on Saturday, Friday October 7, at 10am.

The exhibition will run until Saturday, October 28, 2017.


Last updated: 06-10-2017

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