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RIP Angel (She Fell From Heaven and Landed in Our Hearts)

James Parkinson

Front Gallery
5 Mar 2016–26 Mar 2016

R.I.P Angel (She Fell From Heaven and Landed in Our Hearts) stems from an unofficial Disney website entitled On this site the general discussion revolves around Disney Land and the different Disney parks around the world. People comment on their experiences and upload images of their trips. Occasionally the focus on the world of Disney dissolves and a space opens up for counseling and consolation. The content in forum entitled ‘R.I.P Angel (My Cat)’ and the sincerity of its outreach is investigated in this exhibition.

R.I.P Angel (She Fell From Heaven and Landed in Our Hearts) investigates symptoms of capitalism, our relationship to objects and our containment within thingness; where the virtual space and material relations constitute an ideological sphere of trust in a realm of things. The pet is dissected as the unreal, repressed versions of the ‘real’, the wild thing, as with the art object; once subsumed into the domestic the work becomes dissolved and restrained. By moving within the domestic realm, playing with material as sign and dealing with the familiar; the works attempt to address the absurdity of (sub)urban dream ideology. Our fetish for things has developed into a realm of total trust; where they exist as both an idol of worship and as a container of our relations and we can confide in them with confidence.

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  • James Parkinson is based in Melbourne and is undertaking his BFA (Honours) at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2016. His work addresses symptoms of post industrial and late capitalist administered systems through investigations into utility, complacency and ontological accessibility. James’ most recent solo project was Free Time at Seventh Gallery in 2015.