Harbinger | 2017
Alex Gawronski is a Sydney-based artist and writer. Recent projects include The National, three large-scale installations across the AGNSW, MCA and Carriage Works, Sydney (2017); Big Cheese, Dark MOFO, Contemporary Art Tasmania (CAT), Hobart (2016); Black Square 100 Years (1913/1915), Tcb inc. Melbourne, (2015); Logical Volume Identifier, Plimsoll Gallery, the University of Tasmania, Hobart; the Deconsumptionists, Art as Archive in Situ, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD), Detroit, USA (2014); Easy Listening, West Space, Melbourne; Black Square – 100 Years (1913/1915), AEAF, Adelaide (2013). Gawronski has also been a co-founding director of a number of independent artist spaces, most recently KNULP, Sydney (2015– ) and the Institute of Contemporary Art Newtown (ICAN) (2007–15).
Much of my art assumes the guise of architectural installations. These installations – potentially incorporating at any one time construction, photography, painting, video and sound – focus on the institutional dynamics that underwrite and determine how we see and consume art. In my practice I frequently use gallery and museum spaces to construct narratives that fictionalise and question the assumptions of these spaces. This is especially the case insofar as such spaces seek to present a veneer of neutrality that aims to separate them from the socio-political contexts that, in reality, define them. Of course, such an approach may be brought to bear on any site, whether interior or exterior, private or public, urban or remote.