Ronnie van Hout
The Dark Pool
Presented by Centre for Contemporary Photography in
association with Melbourne Festival.
In his latest exhibition, New Zealand artist Ronnie van Hout considers the point where art crosses a line—and society turns against it.
In 1971, successful American toy company Aurora and acclaimed film director Stanley Kubrick both released products into the world that generated strong negative reactions. A firestorm of controversy saw Aurora close its doors, and Kubrick retreat from public life, withdrawing his film from view.
Aurora's toys and Kubrick's film crossed an invisible boundary—becoming a threat to the normal social and family structures, threatening to throw them into chaos. Society retaliated, pushing these products back, down to the dark pool, to wait for the day they could return.
Official Opening and Arist Talks
Saturday 10 October 2015
Free Artist Floor Talks: 1pm
Image: Ronnie van Hout
Creature Mummy 2015
detail from The Dark Pool
PhotoTex polyester fabric
100 x 80 cm
courtesy the artist