Brodie Ellis: The Crystal World - Art Collector

Brodie Ellis, The Crystal World, 2016. SD video and stereo sound, dimensions variable, open source footage, video and sound editing by Brodie Ellis, Musicians Brodie Ellis, Jake Clover and Cameron Robbins. Courtesy: the artist and MARS Gallery, Melbourne

‘The Crystal World’ incorporates open source found footage from the internet of Australian mining detonations. This material is edited together to form an ongoing series of explosions, as barren desert landscapes suddenly erupt in plumes of earth.

The work evokes elements of Land Art and Abstract Expressionism, while the soundtrack, composed of mechanical clinks and technological groans, was recorded by Ellis with fellow artists Cameron Robbins and Jake Clover.

The title refers to a 1966 science fiction novel by English author J. G. Ballard, in which a physician tries to find a secluded treatment facility deep in a jungle where an apocalyptic phenomenon crystallises everything it touches. In the context of Ellis’ work this becomes a metaphor for the environmental consequences of the anthropocene.

Exhibition opens: 6–8pm Thursday 31 May 2018
Exhibition closes: 23 June 2018
Location: MARS Gallery, 7 James St, Windsor VIC 3181
Phone: +61 3 9521 7517


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