Various Artists, 'Monster'
Wednesday May 30, 2012·
'Exhibition of monstrosity' could describe what happens when we look in the mirror before we've had our morning coffee. It's also an apt distillation of The Oats Factory's upcoming offering of grotesques from twelve contemporary West Australian artists, as curated by local stalwart Matthew Jackson.
Conceived as a means for the artists to put on display the most abominable creatures their imaginations are capable of concieving, it’s freakishly convenient that Monster should lend itself to the metaphor of Frankenstein's stitch-scarred creation: there's a great variety in the styles and specialities of the artists featured, from the animalistic sculptures of Geoff Overheu, to Marek Szyler's gaunt anatomies (plus works from Stuart Elliott, Sue Starcken, Ashley Porter, Pat Thomas and more).
Considering the sheer amount of imaginary beasts resembling animalistic patchworks, it's hard to argue that an exhibition exploring monstrosity should be anything but chimeric in form. If you've forgotten what it was like to tremble under the sheets in the middle of the night trying to hide from that suspiciously human-shaped hat-stand in the far corner of your room, Monster could be right up your alley.