BYRD, PHU AND BULL-CLARK
Time flies in the very fast world of contemporary art and CCAS opened three more excellent exhibitions on Friday night with three blokes who are currently turning heads around the nation …. Byrd #Inurtiacreeps, Jason Phu I haven’t made the work yet, but I’ll be there a week beforehand which should be plenty of time and Frazer Bull-Clark with The Big Shave. Both Byrd and Jason Phu have versatile practices that come with a certain amount of spontaneity. Byrd is well known for his work on walls around Canberra (all legal these days) and his very cool style of painting. So he made a beat up old car from cardboard and filled it with artist’s junk, a kind of self portrait that refers to his mobile studio that might turn up anywhere at any time. Byrd’s gallery work encompasses every aspect of his ouvre as he very cleverly adapts his street works for the gallery. Jason Phu who seems to be going off at the moment turns up on Tuesday and when he says I haven’t made the work yet, but I’ll be there a week beforehand which should be plenty of time he means it. Jason and Sabrina went straight to Bunnings and bought Thai Buddha heads (made in China), cheap plastic Confucian shrines, incense, glitter, spray cans and canvas for “scrolls” in the style of shui-mo. And just in case the audience wanted more – a large black plastic banner for extra white calligraphy. Jason’s work reflects upon his Chinese heritage, removed as it is from China and seen through a haze of diaspora and Western misconception. Very amusing with some deadly serious overtones. Frazer Bull-Clark also focuses on the rituals of daily life with The Big Shave which mashes shaving clips from films going back to the silent era. Shaving is probably one of the least explored areas in film … probably unexplored … and with some impressive editing Frazer has used the scenes to focus on male identity, the shave as a signifier of sex, violence and masculinity. So all up not one but three brilliant shows to challenge your ideas bout what makes art. At CCAS Gorman Art Centre until 1 October.