Eramboo Artist Environment is a contemporary creative place on the edge of a World Heritage National Park, for artists to flourish and grow connections between art, nature and the community.
2018 Exhibition Call Out
CONSTANT CRAVING :
Buy Me, I’ll Change Your Life
(k.d.lang and Barbara Kruger)
A callout to artists musicians, writers to be part of the 2018 exhibition series @Eramboo. Dr Therese Kenyon is curating a new series of exhibitions exploring ‘Constant Craving’ as the core idea behind our drive to consume. Is it a way of creating meaning for ourselves in the world?
Artists musicians, writers are invited to respond and submit expressions of interest by 31 January 2018.
Through visual, written or musical creations a series of events and exhibitions will be programmed.
It will be a selection process and the works chosen will form a series of exhibition and program events. Selected artists will take part in a series of group exhibitions and program events April – August 2018.
Cost: $80 for exhibiting artists (covers gallery hire, administration, marketing etc.). Artists to provide details for room sheet and 3 hours of your time to the gallery minding roster
k.d. lang recalls; “Constant craving” relates to samsara, the Buddhist cycle of birth and death but I wasn’t a practising Buddhist ……. I just wrote it from the perspective of desire and longing. As a Buddhist I struggle with desire, but sometimes I just embrace it. Acknowledging it, contemplating it and making friends with it is one of my lifelong journeys.
Her words ‘constant craving’ ring a particular set of bells for us as humans, proposing a much broader reading of this phrase. The constant craving could be for love, fame, recognition, meaning and beauty. We are all driven by our desires, be they sexual, financial, power and status, or acceptance, excitement, and a philosophical sense of peace. They are all encompassing, but often they go unsatisfied.
Craving is an abstract but very human word. Physically all living things would crave the thing that keeps them alive but humans have other deeper longings. Why do we want so many things? The ‘shop till you drop’ idea took hold in the 1980s and manufacturing has not looked back. Artists such as the Americans, Jenny Holzer (‘Artificial Desires are Despoiling the Earth’) and Barbara Kruger (I shop therefore I am), were keen observers of these trends of mindless consumption.
The worlds of fashion, white goods, food production and packaging, have all come under scrutiny with ‘The War on Waste’ project in Australia. This has been the most recent response to exposing the ways households and recycling actually operate. We are also urged to de-clutter these days and that helps create the cycle of the birth of products that have an intentionally short life and are returned to the earth (landfill). Intellectually we can know this but we still want and need to own stuff, that holds within it our history; that marks experiences, place, heritage and belonging. So not all ‘clutter’ is garbage or rubbish. But as Kruger states on one of her graphics "You want it, you need it, you buy it, you forget it", Or "Buy me, I'll change your life."
Therese Kenyon Curator
Note: The word samsara literally means "wandering through, flowing on", states Stephen J. Laumakis, in the sense of "aimless and directionless wandering". The concept of Saṃsāra is closely associated with the belief that the person continues to be born and reborn in various realms and forms.