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Kings Artist-Run provides a location for contemporary art practice, supporting distinctive experimental projects by artists at all stages of their careers.
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Tess Landells

06 April 2019–27 April 2019

Extension looks to the power of representation within the moving image. Focusing on the trope of the woman in the red dress, the two-channel video installation invites viewers to consider the way we actively/passively consume images. Found footage is used to contemplate the Hollywood archive and its fixed modes of representation. The women in red band together, marching in one looped video; equally as powerful and powerless in their predetermined fate. Beyond the barrier of their screen, Kate Bush, adorned in her red dress from her Wuthering Heights film clip, extends an invitation of a new order. Both the image of Kate’s body and the film body are unbound through choreography, replacing predictability and fixity with image(s) in flux. Offering a slippage in visual indoctrination, the viewer is invited to discard notions of the body within the psychoanalytic paradigm and instead surrender to the powers of affection.

Image: Tess Landells, 2018, Extension (red), two-channel video and audio installation, film still. Original score by Andy O’Connor

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  • Melbourne based artist Tess Landells uses video, text and performance to negotiate the tensions between reality and screen culture. Through an earnest and honest embodiment of herself as ‘the fan’, her work mines historic and contemporary Hollywood archives for tropes and motifs. She looks to not just what it means to view another on the screen, but the broader effect this gazing has on culture as whole. The desire and obsession for idols is symbolic of a deeper discussion about power dynamics of possession and surrender. Tess completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the VCA in 2018.