Stephen Russell: "Torpor Audit"

Barikin, Amelia (2014) Stephen Russell: "Torpor Audit". Eyeline, 1 80: 95-95.

Author Barikin, Amelia
Title Stephen Russell: "Torpor Audit"
Journal name Eyeline
ISSN 0818-8734
Publication date 2014
Sub-type Review of book, film, TV, video, software, performance, music etc
Open Access Status
Volume 1
Issue 80
Start page 95
End page 95
Total pages 1
Place of publication Kelvin Grove, Brisbane, QLD, Australia
Publisher Eyeline Publishing
Language eng
Formatted abstract
In one corner of the room, a metre-high floor lamp modelled after Kubrick’s Monolith bleakly illuminates its own context. On the wall to the right, a piece of clear Perspex decorated with a colourful, Ken Done-esque collection of painted dots and dashes partially screens a gesso-covered chunk of the artist’s studio floor: a topography of used surfaces now preserved for posterity. Just above head height, an industrial curtain of thick blue plastic strips slices through the space on a heavy diagonal, while beneath the stairs a small white architectural model of a house spins rapidly on a rotary motor, its form distorted by the flickering pulse of a strobe light. Every few minutes or so, the strobe and the motor cut out, allowing the house to coalesce briefly into a recognisable form before the cycle begins once more.

There is a distinctly Ballardian flavour to Stephen Russell’s recent works, a kind of post-functional exhaustion that calls up hazy fragments of a dilapidated modernist dream...
Keyword Contemporary art
Science fiction
Q-Index Code CX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown
Additional Notes Subtitle: "A-CH Gallery, Brisbane. 31 October - 14 November 2013".

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Review of book, film, TV, video, software, performance, music etc
Collection: School of Communication and Arts Publications
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Created: Fri, 21 Feb 2014, 14:45:32 EST by Amelia Barikin on behalf of School of Communication and Arts