14th November 2016
“GIMME FREEDOM (or gimme death)” is on now at Bendigo Art Gallery
My solo exhibition "GIMME FREEDOM (or gimme death)", the latest installment of the Bendigo Art Gallery's "Going Solo" program is on now at Bendigo Art Gallery until February 12th 2017.
GIMME FREEDOM (or gimme death) is a major new installation by contemporary Australian artist Jud Wimhurst. Two opposing teams of over-sized toy soldiers, each adorned in the corporate colours of an iconic fast food empire, face-off in a messy conflict. In this frivolous food fight, Jud conflates the iconography of war and fast food to draw attention to the ills of consumerism, shining a spotlight on the excess and wastefulness of convenience. Employing humour he interrogates the mechanics of contemporary life posing big questions about choice, security and freedom. In this context Jud offers GIMME FREEDOM (or gimme death) as a cautionary tale imploring us to wake up and pay attention.
Jud is the 2016 Bendigo Art Gallery Going Solo artist. This is an annual exhibition series offering a contemporary artist living and working in central Victoria the unique opportunity to work collaboratively with Gallery staff to produce a significant new work or body of works for solo exhibition. In an age of mass-production, Jud is a true craftsman with a labour-intensive practice that sees him hand-building, casting and applying slick commercial finishes to his objects in his studio (a tin shed at the back of his home in Kyneton). Jud is represented by MARS Gallery, Melbourne.