Sue Ryan: Mongrel - Art Collector

L-R: Picun, Spirit Bitch, Little Cousin Brother, The Stalker, Little Mongrel, Scruffy, McIvor’s Dog, The Watcher and Alpha Dog, 2013, galvanized wire, chicken wire, ghost net, retrieved synthetic rope, fishing line, taxidermy eyes and oil paint, various sizes. Courtesy: the artist and Martin Browne Contemporary, Sydney

Mongrel showcases a suite of dogs made with ghost nets rescued from Australia’s northern beaches. To make each sculpture, Sue Ryan wrangled heavy galvanised wire into an elegant sub-stratum to support finer wire mesh which, in turn, is robust enough to take the punishment of thick fishing line wrenched into stitches that fixes an outer layer of retrieved ghost net as dog hair. Beyond any pedestrian feat of repurposing, Ryan’s canine radar for feral runts, tip scroungers and wily, crook companions elevates her project to a meditation on human consumption and its effects on the already grim survival strategies of feral creatures.

Exhibition opens: 6pm Thursday 17 October 2013
Exhibition closes: 10 November 2013
Location: Martin Browne Contemporary, 15 Hampden Street, Paddington NSW 2021
Contact: 02 9331 7997

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