EXHIBITIONS / Benedict Ernst - Helle Schattenwelt (Bright Shadow World)

11.08.2012 to 08.09.2012

Exhibition opening Friday 10th August, 6 - 8pm

 

Following from a recent solo exhibition at Gippsland Art Gallery,  Helle Schattenwelt will consist of perfectly clear freestanding sculptures of newly imagined floral forms. Made entirely from debris, essentially cut up plastics including coca cola bottles and bread ties, the sculptures defy their utilitarian origins to become ideal miniature garden arrangements.

 

Their beauty is immediate, but the realisation of their materials raises issues about conservation, waste and our obsession with the packaging and presentation of goods. While being representations of living things, the sculptures are made from items that are designed to entice us to buy and use a product and then discard the packaging. Reminiscent of Flemish still lives, taxidermy, Japanese gardens and museological displays, the exhibition acts as a memento mori – albeit to life forms that never existed.

 

Benedict Ernst has been described as a failed or anxious gardener, as he continues to explore the relationship between plant life and our own existence.  Recent solo exhibitions include, There Is No Land (but the land), Gippsland Art Gallery, Sale, 2012; NOTHING (but flowers), Westspace, Melbourne, 2011; (it will be a) New Garden, Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts, St Kilda, as part of the Innovators Programme, 2010; and Golden World (the Wall and the Door), Kings ARI, Melbourne, 2010.

Helle Schattenwelt #31 2012 by Benedict Ernst

Helle Schattenwelt #31  2012

Benedict Ernst

resin, glass, brick, misc plastic packaging

Helle Schatternwelt #12 2012 by Benedict Ernst

Helle Schatternwelt #12  2012

Benedict Ernst

resin, glass, laminated chip board, found plastic bottles and misc packagings

Helle Schatternwelt #33 2012 by Benedict Ernst

Helle Schatternwelt #33  2012

Benedict Ernst

resin, glass, laminated chip board and misc packaging

Helle Schatternwelt #40 2012 by Benedict Ernst

Helle Schatternwelt #40  2012

Benedict Ernst

resin, glass, laminated chip board, found plastic bottles, cable ties and misc packaging

Helle Schatternwelt #41 2012 by Benedict Ernst

Helle Schatternwelt #41  2012

Benedict Ernst

resin, glass, laminated chip board, found plastic bottles and misc packaging

Benedict Ernst - Helle Schattenwelt (Bright Shadow World) 2012 by Installation view

Benedict Ernst - Helle Schattenwelt (Bright Shadow World)  2012

Installation view

Benedict Ernst - Helle Schattenwelt (Bright Shadowland) 2012 by Installation view

Benedict Ernst - Helle Schattenwelt (Bright Shadowland)  2012

Installation view

Benedict Ernst - Helle Schattenwelt (Bright Shadow World) 2012 by Installation view

Benedict Ernst - Helle Schattenwelt (Bright Shadow World)  2012

Installation view

Benedict Ernst - Helle Schattenwelt (Bright Shadow World) 2012 by Installation view

Benedict Ernst - Helle Schattenwelt (Bright Shadow World)  2012

Installation view

Benedict Ernst - Helle Schattenwelt (Bright Shadow World) 2012 by Installation view

Benedict Ernst - Helle Schattenwelt (Bright Shadow World)  2012

Installation view