"Magnus O'Pus and Ellen P Scum"
26 November – 13 December 2014
Exclusive to Melbourne, Australia’s first major Archie Moore retrospective brings together more than 20 works spanning all areas of his (and his alter egos’) practices from the 1990s to 2014 — paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures, videos, text works, T-shirts and installations.
One of the most influential and important artists of late, Archie Moore created some of the most imponderable works of modern culture. The exhibition includes his catalytic ‘Uni Days’ works; iconic images of himself, Grubbanax Swinnasen and Magnus O’Pus (lead singer, lyricist and Shofar player of stoner-goth-surfmetal band ∑gg√e|n); and his rarely-seen short film “ Shrimper”(script). The exhibition will show for the first time in Australia Moore’s early expressionism paintings, drawings done as Grubbanax Swinnasen and for the second time, his latest sound installation “Sound Recording”. ‘Archie Moore – A Circum- Intro- Extro- Retrospective 1996-2014’will also investigate how the artist represented himself through his art practice, including his Self-Portrait works, poems/lyrics, drawings, sculptures and videos.
Archie Moore is a Brisbane-based artist who has also lived and worked in Prague, Czech Republic on a Samstag Scholarship. Moore/Swinnasen/O’Pus work across installation, sculpture, video, drawing, music/sound and publishing. Recent solo exhibitions include; ‘Mussel’, Higure, Tokyo (2012), ‘ArtBar’, MCA, (2014), ’Sliding Door’, BoxCopy (2014), ‘Les Eaux d’Amoore’, The Commercial gallery, (2014), ’14 Queensland Nations (Nations Imagined By RH Mathews’, CCAS, Canberra (2014) and ‘False Friends’, NCCA (2014). The group shows: ‘The Subtropic Complex’ – James St, Brisbane, ‘Indigenous Australian Collection: Everywhen Everywhere’ – Queensland Art Gallery, ‘Ryan Renshaw Gallery Closing Party’ (Re-staging Depth of Field) – Ryan Renshaw Gallery, Brisbane, ‘Courting Blakness’ – University of Queensland Great Court, ‘South³’ – Hazlehurst Regional Gallery, NSW, AUSTRALIA, ‘Seen + Heard: Works and Multiples from the Collection’ – Gallery of Modern Art (all 2014).
In addition to new works and old works from his own collection, the exhibition includes loans from many private collections.
Archie Moore is represented by The Commercial gallery Sydney.