EXHIBITIONS    CARL SCRASE: I am the left eye, you are the right - together we can move forward.

27.01.13 to 23.02.13

I feel a certain affinity to Joseph Beuys, I find myself unintentionally walking a similar path, each step I take I find his art practice there. I find myself exploring expanded notions of art, anarchy and direct democracy. Struggling to manifest tangible symbolic objects that may act as signifiers along the way. To what ends I dabble in ‘art’ objects I do not know, maybe in the hope that they may be imbued with some sort of magic that might right the world, maybe I just can’t communicate in any logical way, maybe it is a form of play, maybe it is many things. Sometimes I feel I am part of the zeitgeist of social change, and that if I do not make this object, or take that step, things will grind to a halt. That fate will not eventuate. Sounds a little crazy yeah?

This work, or two little works, that I have made for the vitrine window space at BRANCH3D  references/steals elements used by Joseph Beuys over 40 years ago. His 1982 work titled 'Dürer ich fuhre personlich Baader + Meinhof durch die Documenta' used protest signs in shoes – I thought this an interesting juxtaposition of objects, it spoke to me of empathy, an interest of mine. Next to the shoes lays a pile of dust, it is dust from Melbourne’s City Square, where I was arrested, along with many Occupiers. Following the left-wing May Day parade in Berlin, Beuys and two students used a bright red broom to sweep up all the rubbish in Karl-Marx-Platz. Apparently for him this act of sweeping signified starting afresh, for me it is a small gesture of ownership, of not forgetting the truth, not forgetting a moment that changed my life.

 

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I am the left eye, you are the right - together we can move forward.  2013

I am the left eye, you are the right - together we can move forward. by

I am the left eye, you are the right - together we can move forward.  2013

Leather shoes, pick handles, cardboard, and acrylic paint.

I am the left eye, you are the right - together we can move forward. by

I am the left eye, you are the right - together we can move forward.  2013

I am the left eye, you are the right - together we can move forward. by

I am the left eye, you are the right - together we can move forward.  2013

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