THE ONGOING REMAINS (3 PARTS) 

 

2019

 

Part 1, The Emissaries: Keepers of our stories

26 unique state casts, titanium pigment, gypsum cement, mild steel

 

Part 2, Withness: A haunting 

51.19 min single channel HD projection with original score

 

Part 3, Continuum: The persistence of being

Digital Type C photographs in brass frames

 

 

COMMISSIONED BY THE ART GALLERY OF NEW SOUTH WALES FOR THE EXHIBITION

THE NATIONAL 2019: NEW AUSTRALIAN ART

 

The Ongoing Remains (3 parts) comprised sculptural, moving image and photographic elements distributed across multiple sites on two levels of the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Part 1 was configured into two large groups. The first, comprising fifteen figures, occupied the Gallery’s neoclassical Entrance Vestibule, the second, comprising eleven figures, populated the adjoining modernist Grand Court. Part 2 was presented on a large freestanding screen within the context of the 19th century sculpture collection in the Gallery's Old Courts, while Part 3 hung on the level below on the back wall of the last room of the exhibition. In this configuration The Ongoing Remains was both the first and final work experienced by visitors to the exhibition.

Exhibition curator Isobel Parker Philip refers to a ‘the face-off between resilience and wreckage’ in her catalogue essay Black Box Logic, going on to describe Part 1 - The Emissaries: Keepers of our Stories with  “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.”


watch Withness: A haunting  here


read an accompanying text by Ross Gibson with  documentation images of The Ongoing Remains Parts 1, 2  and 3 here