Critics’ Picks

T. V. Moore, 
As Fairweather, 2009, digital print, 
59 x 51".


T. V. Moore

Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery
8 Soudan Lane, Paddington
November 12–December 5

Google, Wii, LOL––the new words and abbreviations associated with our ever-increasing need for information and entertainment are the subject of T. V. Moore’s new exhibition. The gallery’s white walls and polished wooden floor are covered in industrial black plastic, with light emanating only from the three video projections in the room. In What say u? Wii, 2009, a life-size figure dressed like a slacker from Wayne’s World stands against a green background. Out of his mouth spews the incongruous and inane monologue of a young, eager computer geek discussing his favorite video game.

In an adjacent room, Moore presents a large self-portrait in which he impersonates one of Australia’s key modernist painters, Ian Fairweather. In this photograph, Moore makes a connection between the Wii generation––its disconnection from real time and submersion in virtual gaming––and Fairweather, a renowned recluse who shut himself off from the art world and metropolitan centers for a hut on Bribie Island during the 1950s. Fairweather’s legacy is not only his adventurous way of life (he also sailed a self-made raft from the north of Australia to Timor) but also his abstract paintings, which are indebted to the regional influences of Australia’s neighbors. This depiction as Fairweather is a clever touch and imparts a more serious side to Moore’s representation of detachment in the gaming age.