Clary Akon: Cultural Capital - Art Collector

Clary Akon, Caution Wet Floors 2017. Porcelain diorama. 44 x 96 x 8cm. Courtesy of The Artist and Australian Galleries, Sydney.

“The idea I originally set out to explore in this exhibition was: why do people collect? What is it that makes certain objects or images more popular, more iconic and more instantly recognisable than others? And what does the choice of certain objects say about the collector?

As I progressed, I began to realise that a lot of what I was doing came under the rubric of “cultural capital”. But when I started unpacking this idea in a contemporary Australian context, I found its meaning elusive.

Where could I find icons emblematic of the Australia of today in a culture that is in the midst of redefining itself? The answer was staring me in the face from every street, beach and park across the nation. It took the form of the ubiquitous signage that warn Australians, “Danger is everywhere!”

Exhibition Opens: 6pm-8pm, Tuesday 14 November 2017
Exhibition Closes: 3 December 2017
Location: Australian Galleries, 15 Roylston Street, Paddington NSW 2021
Contact: +61 2 9360 5177
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