Materials: Paraffin wax, ply wood, industrial pine, halogen light, tape, elastic cord, glitter, plastic toy soldiers, floating devices, rope, paint strippers, hair dryers, indoor heaters, fluorescent light and skipping rope. Dimensions variable, 2011.
Michael Georgetti makes installations and sculptures that usually move or fall apart. Using a combination of painting, kinetics and found objects these structures are made with an emphasis on poetics, play and deconstruction in order to create precarious relationships between ephemeral sculpture and the everyday world.
These sculptures often collapse to imitate the way things don't work or inevitably fall apart. Engine parts and electric machines are dismantled and re-coordinated to create relationships between inanimate objects and social behavior.
These constructions are often dysfunctional and usually border on being precarious. In their making, tape, rope, elastic cord and cling-wrap are used as bandages and stabilizing devices. In this sense, a relationship between repairing and constructing occurs where these works become provisional. Often they appear anthropomorphic because they manifest from ideas that have personalities.
A broad range of commercial and industrial materials are deployed in these structures: bathtubs, tennis balls, arrows, electric toy cars, paint, cement, hockey sticks, pool cues, crack pipes, wax, yoga mats, garment steamers, hair dryers, alcohol, water and portable swimming pools.
These materials are chosen for the way they can mimic human behavior and expose the materiality of the world we construct around us. In a gallery context, Georgetti sets up scenarios that have a short-durational quality in order to create readings of the way people deal with impermanence. But often these ideas manifest in a slapstick and humorous way to generate experiences of absurdity and the imperfect nature of human behavior.
Through painting, sculpture, installation and film, Georgetti explores the duality of behaviour and technology; the way thoughts and feelings manifest within the mechanical and constructed environments we create around us.
About the Artist:
Michael Georgetti completed his Masters of Fine Art at RMIT University in Melbourne in 2007. Using a combination of film, installation, painting and a range of found objects, Georgetti has exhibited his kinetic and ephemeral works in many commercial and artist-run spaces in Australia and abroad including West Space, Anna Pappas Gallery and the AC Institute.