Alchemical Breakfast is Walker’s first video work, having worked for many years with photography and installation. It continues her interests in the nature of images, representations of gender and sexuality and the qualities of feminine accessories. The process of seeing and looking is central to this mischievous work, which simultaneously seduces and confuses its audience.
Walker has worked with fans in the past and they are intriguing to her because of their relationship to images. Folded fans announce the transience, indeed the falseness, of images, as they appear and disappear with a flick of the wrist. Fans are two sided so introduce the notion of duality. They also have a relationship to masks and so continue Walker’s long interest in personal identity.
The nature of gender and sexuality are central to this work, which challenges dichotomies and expectations about masculinity. The form of a folded fan mimics both the vagina and the phallus depending on whether it is folded or open. The work delights in gender fluidity and playfully challenges the audience and their expectations. The title of the exhibition refers to one of the ultimate goals of alchemy, which was to unite male and female in one being.
Also available during the exhibition will be Walker’s ‘Silk Cut’ scarves, which bring the digital phenomena of the dick pic onto luxurious silk scarves that are designed to be worn.
Berlin based, Lyndal Walker is from Melbourne and has a career spanning twenty years. In 2017 she had solo exhibitions at Berlin’s Künstlerhaus Bethanien, where she was a resident and Hangmen Projects in Stockholm. Her work is currently exhibited in Unfinished Business at The Australian Centre for Contemporary Art.
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Friday 18 September 2020 at 18:00h
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