stuart elliott

the facility
@ melbourne art fair STAND A54

2 - 5 august 2012

The Facility began as a glimpsed building along Gnangara Road, one whose purpose was unclear.

It lingered in Elliottís memory so he travelled back to Gnangara, and its infamous pine plantation on the outskirts of Perth, to view the site once again. The building was gone. He tried to recreate it in models and paintings, to remember its form and to guess its purpose.

Elliott created seven sculptural models of the building, each one becoming more tenebrous and bleakly gothic than the last. Painted studies followed, often using the models for inspiration, and then the inhabitants, inmates and overseers, appeared as separate portraits. The landscapes that housed the facilities are unstable; in the major painting of the show (Tunguskan Facility) an exuberant growth of succulents fills the foreground. In others a fevered spawning of detritus surround the facility lit by sullen skies. A series of battered trucks to service the facility were sculpted, then a causeway for them to travel upon. Three legged chairs were crafted, some sprouting strange growths, that seem imbued with the personalities or stories of the facility. A series of brooding collages, based on these works and combined with found images, were created along the way. These strangely compelling images have been collated into a DVD slide show. Together these works form The Facility, an installation of misshapen memories and dark visions.

"The Facility is an abbreviation of its working title 'Memories of The Facility'. The work is intended to read almost as forensic material, gathered for unknown purposes but all relating to multiple 'remembered' experiences at a facility of some kind. These recollections have common denominators but vary wildly from straight but odd documentation to the darkly fantastic. The purpose or machinations of this facility are not clear, nor are the roles of those whose fragmented recollections are here exposed. In keeping with my ongoing concerns with that of fakeology, that is, the development of utterly fictional museum-like artifacts and images, it could be said that The Facility exists as a form of poetic abstraction of places in the actual, or at least perceived, world." (Elliott, July 2012)

A 'facility' implies a kind of official status, an architecturally defined, discrete precinct dedicated to a set of nominated activities. Nuclear, training, medical, scientific, defence - all these offer a reason, perhaps a context, but not an explanation. In this show there is the suggestion that the facility intimately involves people, there are few facilities that do not, but not what that involvement might have been nor to what end.

The images and objects contained within this show are about presenting a body of common but sometimes conflicting presentations. The buildings and their environments may be documentary, they may be manifestations of disconnected memories or indeed they may be more about emotionally enhanced reflections. The hybrid animal/vegetable structures might be Dr GM-like actualities or they may be fevered imaginings. The Facility is perhaps ultimately about the nexus of fact and belief, the vividness of experience in tension with empirical review, and concerned with the plasticity of memory and its subsequent effects.

Stuart Elliott prefers to live outside the city centre, locating himself in rural Bakers Hill for several years, and more recently to Parkerville, about 36km from Perth. His work has had little exposure outside of Western Australia, exceptions include the 2007 Focus exhibition at the MCA in Sydney, a 2006 solo exhibition at the Depot Gallery in Sydney and a sculpture triennial at the National Gallery of Victoria. The number of group exhibitions he has been included in since 1976 is over 150 and his solo exhibitions now number 19. In 2011 he won the Cossack Art Award and he was awarded a major Creative Development Fellowship in 2005 by the Department of Culture and the Arts. Many important collections house his artworks, including the Art Gallery of WA, Sanyi Museum Taiwan ROC, Curtin University, University of WA, Murdoch University, Edith Cowan University, WA School of Art & Design, Alexander Library, City of Bunbury, City of Perth, Royal Perth Hospital, BankWest, Kerry Stokes Collection (Australian Capital Equity), L&L Horn Collection and the Holmes a Court Collection.

Stuart Elliott is also a highly respected local visual arts lecturer, curator and writer. His enormous contribution to the arts in Western Australia was formally acknowledged in 2010 when Artsource presented him with the inaugural prestigious Life Time Achievement Award for Visual Arts. This is not to imply that Stuart is anywhere near the end of his artistic career, but he is definitely one of Perthís most important senior artists.

 

 

 

supported by department of culture and the arts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

stuart elliott artwork
tunguskan facility
oil on board
94 x 213cm
2012
$14,000
stuart elliott artwork
critical
oil on board
51 x 110.5cm
2012
$3,800
stuart elliott artwork
sub villendorph
oil on board
90.5 x 51cm
2012
$3,500 sold
stuart elliott artwork
castella
oil on board
90.5 x 51cm
2012
$3,500
stuart elliott artwork
detritus rex
oil on board
90.5 x 51cm
2012
$3,500
stuart elliott artwork
gestator 1
oil on board
51.7 x 35.2cm
2012
$1,400 sold
stuart elliott artwork
cereana fugue
oil on board
51 x 130.7cm
2012
$4,400
stuart elliott artwork
the intrusion
oil on board
59.5 x 78cm
2012
$3,000
stuart elliott artwork
gestators no. 2,3,4
ceramic, wood, metal
63 x 34.5 x 34.5cm
2012
$6,600
stuart elliott artwork
community
wood, paint
41cm height
2012
$6,600
stuart elliott artwork
interview
wood, paint
42cm height
2012
$1,600
stuart elliott artwork
umbilicus
oil on board
48 x 107cm
2012
$3,700
stuart elliott artwork
case studies
oil on board
47.7 x 88.7cm
2012
$2,900
stuart elliott artwork
umbilicus
oil on board
48 x 107cm
2012
$3,700
stuart elliott artwork
oil painting
oil on board
29 x 38.8cm
2012
$950 sold
stuart elliott artwork
blau
wood, paint
39 x 26 x 26cm
2012
$880
stuart elliott artwork
box field I
oil on board
27.5 x 36.7cm
2012
$950 sold
stuart elliott artwork
counselor
wood, paint
43.5 x 30 x 17cm
2012
$880
stuart elliott artwork
promethian
oil on board
25.8 x 37.3cm
2012
$950 sold
stuart elliott artwork
dr faux
oil on board
32.5 x 24cm
2012
$750 sold
stuart elliott artwork
growth
oil on board
54.5 x 94.5cm
2012
$3,500
stuart elliott artwork
life at the facility
oil on board
73.5 x 133cm
2011
$5,500
stuart elliott artwork
box field II
oil on board
32.7 x 48cm
2012
$1,200
stuart elliott artwork
ms scharpe
oil on board
31.8 x 25.5cm
2012
$750
stuart elliott artwork
tuberia
oil on board
32.7 x 51.2cm
2012
$1,200 sold
stuart elliott artwork
orr
wood, paint, fabric
30 x 22 x 22cm
2012
$770
stuart elliott artwork
facility 1 - braun
oil on board
32 x 49.5cm
2012
$1,200
stuart elliott artwork
facility 1 - green
oil on board
32.5 x 50cm
2012
$1,200
stuart elliott artwork
rim
oil on board
30.6 x 49.6cm
2012
$1,200
stuart elliott artwork
mulehaus
wood, cotton fabric
72.5 x 24.5 x 505cm
2011-12
$14,000
stuart elliott artwork
facility 1
wood, paint
32 x 66 x 18cm
2012
$2,000
stuart elliott artwork
facility 2
wood, resin, cotton fabric
37 x 94 x 30cm
2012
$3,500
stuart elliott artwork
facility 3
wood panel, mild steel plating
30 x 86 x 23cm
2012
$4,400 sold to city of perth
stuart elliott artwork
facility 4
wood, acrylic sheet, resin
40 x 76 x 29cm
2012
$4,400
stuart elliott artwork
facility 5
wood, mild steel plate, acrylic sheet, resin
44 x 52 x 41cm
2012
$4,400
stuart elliott artwork
facility 6
wood, cotton fabric, acrylic sheet, resin
35 x 60 x 43cm
2012
$4,600