‘Carnival of the Once Loved’ at Testing Grounds

04/05/2018 - 24/05/2018
10:00 am - 6:00 pm

‘Carnival of the Once Loved’ is a collection of small paintings by Victoria Mason of beloved items originally found in hard rubbish (council collections). In a time of indiscriminate consumption and unreliable recycling paths, the simple act of saving an useful item from landfill seems like an important political act.
These stories were gathered by word-of-mouth and online, each contributor being asked to send an image, the location and year in which it was sourced and a few lines about their found treasure. The result is an assembly of icons – 34 paintings reminiscent of ‘ex-voto’ offerings of gratitude, popular in Mexico, Spain and France. In historical votive paintings, images of religious events give thanks for a miracle or favour, in this work, the miracle is that in a society with access to so much new, cheaply made product, why anyone takes the time to restore old furniture. In keeping with theme of rejuvenation, the material used in this work was also found in hard rubbish – offcuts of a pressed tin ceiling that were on a nature-strip in Northcote. ‘Carnival of the Once Loved’ will be suspended from the Superstructure (outdoors) of Testing Grounds.

Please join us for the opening night event on Friday May 4th, 6-8pm. This launch will be held in conjunction with the Next Wave Festival’s opening night.

If you’re unable to make it to the opening, please come & visit the work from Wednesday to Saturday, 10am-6pm. It is an open air venue so please be prepared for potential wet weather.


*More about the work here (including detailed photos of the tin paintings)

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