David Collins: Silk Atlas - Art Collector

David Collins, Here's the Japanese Sandman, 2013. Type C print, 110 x 110cm. Courtesy: the artist and Fehily Contemporary, Melbourne

Silk Atlas is David Collins’ examination of our romantic misperceptions of other, faraway lands – a misperception that continues to this day. For these elaborately staged photographs, Collins draws on Western art history’s skewed treatment of the East – from Moresque to Rococo Chinoiserie and Ottoman aesthetics – and updates it for our modern times. Nowadays, he suggests, the so-called exotic is tapped for fashion and advertising, misrepresented to sell perfume, alcohol, holidays, cuisine and Hollywood. His figures are charged with eroticism and elegance, but marred by hints of hedonism and decadence and surrounded by a surfeit of stereotypical motifs. Despite our move to a more diverse, multicultural society, Collins suggests we still have a far way to go, with the East still considered, as leading academic Edward Said put it over thirty years ago, “a theatrical stage affixed to Europe”.

Exhibition opens: 3pm Saturday 7 September 2013
Exhibition closes: 21 September 2013
Location: Fehily Contemporary, 3A Glasshouse Road, Collingwood VIC 3066
Contact: 03 9017 0860
Email: ask@fehilycontemporary.com.au

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