THE DESTINY OF OBJECTS

Elizabeth Day, The Destiny of Objects, 1995. Mixed objects from local markets and shopping centres on market tables and on the floor. Installation view at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Liverpool.

The Destiny of Objects, exhibition at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, 1995; Contemporary Artspace Alice Springs, 1998; Conny Dietzschold Gallery, 2003.

‘Works such as “The Unravelling of Form“, “The Destiny of Objects“, and “Disintoxication” present an “off the rectangle” assault on the history and ideology of rectilinear thinking. These exhibitions are characterised by their wildly frozen ejaculations of wool and unrelated accumulations of objects. Out of this discord a dialogue results which stands in opposition to a productivist mechanism of symbolic exchange. The use of both altered and unaltered ready made products such as clothes, toys, food, cooking utensils, glassware and a wide range of manufactured goods enables Liz Day to sabotage the destiny of these materials. One outcome of this disorderly arrangement is to recognise the gap that separate public and private spaces. These works don’t simply recycle commodities as objects but through a process of both physical and ideological destruction unravel the codes of commodification.’

Excerpt from Christine Dean, Unravelling Production, in “The Offcuts of Reason: Works by Elizabeth Day”, 1997.

Elizabeth Day, The Destiny of Objects, 1995. Elizabeth Day, The Destiny of Objects, 1995. Mixed objects from local markets and shopping centres on market tables and on the floor. Installation details, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Liverpool.
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