Wednesday, December 11, 2013


Hayden Fowler_New World Order_video stills_HD video, colour, sound_15:17min duration

On 12 December 2013, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) will be opening New Acquisitions in Context 2013.

"Celebrating the diversity of art making in Australia, New Acquisitions in Context 2013 features a range of media from painting and photography through to installation and the moving image and draws together multiple themes and ideas through a collection of very different artworks." (MCA)

Hayden Fowler's video New World Order was recently acquired by the MCA and will be on show alongside works from over 28 emerging and established artists from around the country.

Fowler’s work hones in on the suppressed yearnings of contemporary culture to explore feelings of loss and alienation from nature that pervade the human psyche. Stylistically, the hyper-real video is part documentary format, part artifice. Birdlife, rare and exotic live chickens and colourful canaries, are choreographed within a fabulous diorama; a strange, grey-scale, petrified forest setting that is an elaborate set created by the artist in his studio. The strutting, perching, scratching, flapping, and feeding of these outlandish and domesticated feathered creatures is intercut with close-ups and panoramas of this fictive and idealised natural space.

New Acquisitions in Context will run until 23 February 2014.
MCA: 140 George St, The Rocks NSW

To see more of Hayden's works from this series, click here.

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