THE ONGOING REMAINS (3 PARTS)
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