Whilst secretly loving the florid –alities, -isations and –isms of art-speak, Blurb is a collaborative project that sees artists Theia Connell and Jake Preval come together to question the authority of the written word in contemporary art.The exhibition text, which can be seen as a device that imposes meaning on materials, recommends a way to view and digest artwork. What happens if this logic is inverted? Can objects speak in place of words?Cutting and pasting excerpts of exhibition texts from Melbourne ARI’s over the past three years, the artists have created a new absurdist blurb. Placing this text in the role of artwork, the artists will then endeavor to create an installation where the objects communicate and describe this strange new text.
Theia Connell and Jake Preval are both recent graduates from the Victorian College of the Arts Sculpture and Spatial Practice department. They have participated in a number of group and solo shows. This is the first time they have collaborated together.