Michael Bullock: Market Values
An exhibition of work by PhD candidate Michael Bullock.
Taking as its site a second-hand market in the outer Western suburbs of Melbourne, but with origins in a Chor Bazaar market in Bangalore India, Michael Bullock’s doctoral project, Market Values, asks how art records an engagement with the world, through encounters with the materials and objects that can be found in a second hand-market.
Market Values presents this engagement with the world in the materiality of objects explored, an investigation of the places in which they can be found, and their transformation through sculptural processes that highlights how these objects circulate in the world within various systems of exchange.
In this process, a series of key questions arise: What are the chronologies and passages of objects? Can we use them to imagine different spaces and times that extend beyond their immediate location? How does the journey of objects originate, end or continue, and how does the market (and later, the artist) assemble and gather them in a fashion that may allow us to picture this journey? Do these objects also reveal a similar passage and rhythm to the movement of people on a global scale?
Through practice-led research, the project considers the changing values of used objects and the apparatus that displays them. These considerations of value take into account the connections and differences between an object as base material and its symbolic or semiotic value. A focus on the technical processes involved in reproducing objects allows the ability to mobilise used objects into new assemblages that re-evaluate their past and future potential.
About the artist
Born in Perth and based in Footscray, Michael Bullock is a PhD Candidate and Teaching Associate at Monash Art, Design and Architecture.
Michael has participated in group exhibitions and projects in Australia and internationally, including Spaced 2: Future Recall, Perth Museum as part of PIAF (2015), a window until the rains come (albb open studio program), Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (2010), The Boryeoung International Stone Sculpture Symposium, Boryeoung, South Korea, (2006), The Fourth International Sculpture Symposium, An Giang, Vietnam, (2003) and The Third International Sculpture Symposium, Hue, Vietnam, (2002).
In 2013 he was artist-in-resident at one shanthiroad: Bangalore, India as part of the IASKA Spaced: Art out of Place/ Asialink reciprocal residency program. He was also awarded a studio residency in Hanoi, Vietnam as part of the Asialink Visual Arts Residency Program and has received New Work and Skills and Arts Development grants from the Australia Council and Arts Victoria.