This exhibition explored failure, the faux and the fake as recognised and celebrated parts of artistic strategy.
It explored how the reversals and the gaps between intention and realisation in creative production are often more interesting than the more orthodox ideas of success and completion.
Failures and mistakes can often give rise to more open ended, less dogmatic space, where questions can be left unanswered and incongruencies left unresolved.
By resisting the authority of what is deemed “right” and “complete” and embracing doubt and paradox instead, a real pleasure can be found in failure and in the “faux pas”.
‘Faux Pas’; a blunder, a mistake, a (dance) step out of place.
Artist statement for ‘Faux Pas‘ – a group show I curated at Airspace Projects in Marrickville (in September 2019.)
The exhibition brought together artists, Hany Armanious, Jesse Boyd Reid, Sarah Edmondson, Louise Allerton, Philippa Hagon, Kirtika Kain, Virginia Reid, Oliver Wagner, and Lisa Patroni. It was featured in Urban List’s ‘Shows to See in Sydney in September 2019’.