Drink The Ocean
29 July — 15 August 2020
…But how did we do this? How were we able to drink up the sea? Who gave us the sponge to wipe away the entire horizon? What were we doing when we unchained this earth from its sun? Where is it moving to now? Where are we moving to? Away from all suns? Are we not continually falling?…
Friedrich Nietzsche, The Gay Science
Drink The Ocean is an exhibition that explores the object-as-information, and the semiotic payloads indivisibly accrued by even the most quotidian object in the global contemporary environment.
Clague’s works are elisions in the true sense of the word: as aporia, an irresolvable internal contradiction that gets to the heart of what it means to both reject and join forces with our turbid desires. Perhaps it’s something like the poet Anne Waldman describes when she takes on the dark spirit of Richard Nixon during a fire puja ceremony: in order to generate more compassion for the world we have to let in the negative energies as well as the positive.
Abbra Kotlarczyk, Art+Australia Online