Video of the Sacellum exhibition, June 2022 at fortyfivedownstairs.
Interview on JOY FM Sunday Arts program (5 June 2022) for Sacellum and Gavin Brown’s After the Fire at fortyfivedownstairs
Promotional video for the Sacellum exhibition, June 2022 at fortyfivedownstairs.
Exhibition at fortyfivedownstairs, 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne.
Exhibition Runs Tuesday 7 June – Saturday 18 June 2022. Open night Friday 10 June, 6pm – 8pm
Tues to Fri: 12pm – 6pm, Sat: 12pm – 4pm, Tues & Fri evenings 6pm – 8pm
Previews by appointment email@example.com
sacellum: a small chapel within a church, or a sanctuary dedicated to a deity
Sacellum is an infected confection of the sacred and technology. A melancholic wink at consumerism and spirituality. A dialogue between a certain past and an uncertain future.
The artist reclaims engravings of Renaissance images and layers them with a mélange of modern detritus – from aluminium cans to discarded laptop motherboards – scanned at ultra-high resolution to reveal surprising new views and hidden landscapes.
Technology is as omnipotent and omnipresent as religion once was, controlling what we see and feel, for better or worse. In the past, priests and preachers were the exclusive producers of cultural propaganda, but today this role is subsumed by the ubiquity of our devices and our connection to the internet.
Sacellum is a contemplation of this control of our hearts and minds; a moving patternation of the contemporary and the classical. The portals of belief continue to look over us, providing a glimmer of hope for what lies ahead.
Exhibition Opens Saturday 25 May 2019, 2pm – 4pm
Exhibition Runs Tuesday 21 May – Saturday 1 June
Tues to Fri: 11am – 5pm, Sat: 11am – 3pm
After the success of his Bone Idol exhibition on the walls of fortyfivedownstairs in 2015, Chris Orr returns with a new show.
Conventicle is an unorthodox assemblage of Renaissance and Georgian engravings blanketed in everyday detritus, modern ephemera and classical stencils.
A diet of ever-changing colour, with velvet hues, flourescent outbursts and unexpected complexions.
Old soft drink cans, disregarded packaging and discarded motherboards are expertly re-assembled in an exciting declamatory recitation of social archaeology.