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Ian Hance - Kitschgrotesque

Fri 14 Dec - Sun 20 Jan


The kitsch is evidenced in the dressed-up termite mounds that occur along the highways of Australia’s tropical north as a uniquely humorous yet disarming experience for those who brave these roads.

These ‘dressings’ are eye-catching and strange. The tone of most of these mounds seems to be drawing from a register of humour. On the numerous road trips undertaken by Ian Hance, he has documented many mounds that seem to be making uncomplicated jokes and visual puns based on bodily representation.

Kitschgrotesque addresses several questions concerning the concepts of humour as they pertain to the psyche of the population of the tropical north. Through the ambiguities and fluidities of kitsch and grotesque, there is an overarching kitschgrotesque humour.

Ian combines this with a dark humour to arrive at a more complex and intense view, contrary to the negative values normally associated with kitsch.

OPEN: 9am – 4.30pm weekdays, 10am – 2.30pm weekends

PLEASE NOTE: The gallery will be closed from 24 December 2018 and will reopen on 2 January 2019

  • Cost: Free
  • Venue: Tank 4

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