The Art Gallery of New South Wales has given Mikala Dwyer license to transform five of its spaces with her eye-catching installations made of every imaginable materialmanufactured, found, or handcrafted by the artist. Titled “A shape of thought,” the show reaffirms Dwyer’s tendency to configure thinking as a crossbred, chaotic thing that miraculously hangs together in each installation. The coexistence of contradictory thoughts channeled by painting, sound, video, performance, and especially sculpture is an organizing principle of her art. Her works suspend ontological divisions between primitive and modern worldviews, secular and occult sensibilities, and idealist transcendence and earthbound materialism. At times, this dismantling of categorical hierarchies is inflected by feminist commitments.
Gallery visitors first encounter The Silvering, 2017––a floating sculpture
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