Shannon Lyons A dead mouse and a broken coffee machineOpening: Wednesday 14 February, 6–8pm Dates: 14 February - 10 March 2018
“A dead mouse and a broken coffee machine” is a new site-responsive installation by Shannon Lyons that interrogates the relationship between a space of commercial hospitality - the café - and the supposedly non-commercial, contemplative gallery space. Encouraging the audience to consider the relationships between the two spaces, “A dead mouse and a broken coffee machine” agitates the coded social engagements embedded in each.
The exhibition continues Lyons’ long-standing interest in the contemporary art gallery as a place replete with political, personal and poetic content.
Shannon Lyons is an artist and educator based in Melbourne. Her work takes the form of sculptures, site-responsive installations, gestures and interventions that critically examine the sites they are produced and exhibited in. Lyons has recently exhibited at FELTspace (SA), Fontanelle (SA), Hugo Michell Gallery (SA), John Curtin Gallery (WA), Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery (WA), Moana Project Space (WA), Perth Institute for Contemporary Arts (WA), Success (WA) and SOMA (Mexico).
“A dead mouse and a broken coffee machine”
Text by Spiros Panigirakis