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Justene Williams

Justene Williams
The Curtain Breathed Deeply

7 February - 2 April 2015
Coordinating curator: Geraldine Barlow

Sensory overload is the signature of this expansive video installation environment by Sydney-based artist Justene Williams. In what will be her largest and most ambitious undertaking to date, Williams will present a hypnotising landscape constructed from blended film sets, stage props and video installations. This major new work draws upon references to art history: Picasso, Leger and Kahlo; together with pop culture influences such as Hip Hop, 90s pop group Milli Vanilli and the Broadway musical A Chorus Line. Williams' choreographed videos blend references to Shamanism, Voodoo and Primitivism; she amasses a wealth of pattern, colour and texture, with layered references to her own childhood: memories of her father's wrecking yard, early dance classes, and experience constructing elaborate retail window displays. Found objects, mass produced materials and waste will be amongst the many materials transformed in this sequence of vivid theatrical and experiential environments. Coming to MUMA from Artspace, Sydney, The Curtain Breathed Deeply has been developed through the Catalyst: Katherine Hannay Visual Arts Commission. Read more here...