Dark Art – ‘Hope Dies Last’
An entrancing exhibit in Australia shows art, anguish, ecstasy and insanity. This multimedia spectacle is badass, totally crass and laced with angst.
In these tumultuous times, art can provide a refuge. Galleries can be a place for pensive reflection, artistic escapism or divine meditation. But those who need a little boost would be best advised to avoid ‘Hope Dies Last‘, a new exhibition in Melbourne, Australia, devoted to contemporary art that explores violence, fatalism, extinction and glitch. Described as “one of the most depressing events of the year”, it promises to leave the viewer feeling gloomier and more fucked on exit than entry.
The assembled works contemplate global crises, conflict, the death of hope, fetish and the role of art at a time “when humanity’s prospects are bleaker than the imagination can handle.” One photographic piece, ‘Swim 5, shows Todd McMillan, the artist, failing — almost to the point of drowning — to swim across the English Channel. ‘Doomed’, a video-collage by Tracey Moffatt, sews together scenes of disaster, destruction, gloom and doom in cinema. A red-and-black banner by Tony Garifalakis is emblazoned with the phrase, ‘So much for my Fucking Optimism.’ Visitors, no doubt, will squirm with pleasure. VIVISXN loves this exhibit — especially the animated political Pop art and the grotesque sexual innuendo! The best is the overscaled GIF image of President Trump flexing his sphincter muscle(s) — ‘Anal Wink, 2018′ — which hits you smack-dab in the solar plexus. Scroll down to the bottom asap!
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‘Hope Dies Last‘ is live until October 20.
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