Nick Dorey: The drowning of Hermaphroditus
When: Friday 7 July - Sunday 17 September
Where: ANZ Zauner Foyer, MAMA.
Nick Dorey presents The drowning of Hermaphroditus, a large scale commission made in response to MAMA's ANZ Zauner Foyer.
The installation incorporates locally sourced and scavenged materials; reusing building supplies, home brew kits, car tyres and medical equipment to create a dynamic and challenging artwork unlike anything ever presented at MAMA.
The work is part of an ongoing series in which Dorey mines traditional knowledge systems such as Greek mythology, mysticism, and alchemy to inform the construction of a complex three dimensional work.
In Dorey's gradual process of design, placement and assembly the gallery becomes a laboratory for experimentation - drawing on tradition, intuition and the local environment as he transforms the space.
The mythical figure of Ancient Greece, Hermaphroditus, is used by Alchemists as a symbol of "the great work" - a fusing of competing female and male forces within a system - a bringing together of opposite powers. Dorey brings these opposing forces together in The drowning of Hermaphroditus. Sun / moon, warm / cool, above / below, masculine / feminine, movement / stillness, vitalistic / mechanistic - seeking a system that both challenges and balances the natural order of the universe, and our place in it.