Abdul Abdullah, Casey Ayres and Nathan Beard, 'Interregna'
Tuesday January 15, 2013·
Interregna are the periods of time where a throne is vacant between the death of one monarch and the reign of a successor. They are times for watchful waiting. The future is unclear and you might end up stuck with some wanker like Joffrey the Boy King from hell.
But sometimes an interregnum concludes with the installation of a crowd favourite, giving that whole period of uncertainty a happy ending. That's what we reckon Perth dudes Abdul Abdullah, Casey Ayres and Nathan Beard are going for in their confidently titled group show Interregna - after all, it marks the first time they've worked together since setting up a pan-Asian embassy as The Greater Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere in the 2012 Next Wave Festival.
The work is varied: Abdullah's paintings investigate the prevalence of racial generalisations from his position as an Australian Muslim. Ayres' interactive sculptures probe the motifs symptomatic of unbridled masculine energy. Beard's appropriation of Thai Buddhism and Tina Turner documents the catharsis found in spirituality.
And we are almost certain this interregnum won't end with Sean Bean's head on a pike. So it's got that going for it, too.