The Emissaries: Keepers of our stories, Part 1 of Hazewinkel’s multi-site installation project The Ongoing Remains (3 Parts) was originally commissioned by the Art Gallery of New South Wales for The National 2019: New Australian Art.
Hazewinkel’s materially diverse project was installed at various sites throughout the AGNSW. The sculptural component, Part 1- The Emissaries: Keepers of our Stories, comprised twenty-six individual figures installed at two interconnected sites. Fifteen figures were installed in the marble and granite, neo-classical Entrance Vestibule which opens onto the glass and concrete, modernist Grand Court where another eleven figures were installed.
The two groups of figures preceded Part 2- Withness: A haunting, the moving image component of the project, which was installed within the gallery's Old Courts contextualised by 19th century sculpture collection.
The project's photographic component, Part 3- Continuum: The persistence of being, digital Type C photograph in a handcrafted brass frame, was installed on Lower Level 2. Visitors experienced this work (the left panel of a larger triptych) as the final work in the exhibition.
In her catalogue essay Black box logic, AGNSW curator Isobel Parker Philip makes reference to the ‘the face-off between resilience and wreckage’ before going on to describe Part 1 - The Emissaries: Keepers of our Stories in the following. “Hard and soft, fragile and invulnerable, Andrew Hazewinkel’s work treads the same line. A series of identical busts of a Western European male becomes a constellation of patrician authority in the AGNSW’s Entrance Court. As you approach each figure, you realise their faces have been ruptured by fault lines, their aquiline noses out of joint. And then the busts are fractured even further. These stoic masculine statues, we discover, are not impervious to erosion.”
See selected documentation of Parts 1, 2 and 3 accompanied by a text by Ross Gibson here.
Please note an edited selection of Part 2. Withness: A haunting will be available soon for viewing on this website.