Troy Emery: Making Friends - Art Collector

Troy Emery, Altar Piece, 2013. High density taxidermy foam, timber, pompoms and glass eyes, 130 x 100 x 60cm. Courtesy: the artist and Gould Galleries, Melbourne

Troy Emery works in high-density foam moulds commonly used by taxidermists, substituting the pelts with brightly coloured polyester pompoms or tassels. Utopian rainbow motifs, patination or block colours envelop the contours of animal bodies to create abstracted hybrid-creatures. Through this process they transform into something new – Emery proposes they could exist somewhere in a parallel universe or fantasy landscape. Some pieces incorporate fake rocks used as taxidermy mounts for display devices; here they function as a kind of altar, referencing the use of animals in spiritual practices. Emery sees this allegory as interchangeable with the classically transcendental properties of art.

Opening: 2pm Saturday 2 March 2013
Exhibition closes: 30 March 2013
Location: Gould Galleries, 270 Toorak Road, South Yarra VIC 3141
Contact: 03 9827 8482

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