sean cordeiro and claire healy at la BF15
sean cordeiro and claire healy at la BF15 sean cordeiro and claire healy at la BF15
jan 31, 2010

sean cordeiro and claire healy at la BF15

installation view images courtesy of the artists

australian artists claire healy and sean cordeiro develop sculptural work in a variety of media. through their art, they raise socio-political issues such as globalization, mediatic culture and consumption. prem is a colloquialism used to claim the right of possession over an object. the idea that we can have something just by being the first to name it still works geographically, with the claim land rights, but also biologically with the copyright and other human genetics.

for their exhibition at la contemporary art biennale (la BF15) lyon, france they have reproduced, using lego blocks, the terrain of a region in china known as china’s ‘area 51’. this region was discovered in 2006 thanks to satellite images of google earth. this area appears to be an exact replica in scale 500:1, of the 157 500 km2 of the chinese province aksai chin, which borders on india and pakistan. the area is important for chinese because it connects tibet with a road that the chinese built in 1962. experts say that this model could’ve been built for military purposes. the duo continue to consider this mystery by making a portable replica of the existing model.

detail, aksai chin, 2009

source image, 2009 – google earth image

claire healy and sean cordeiro began collaborating on works in 2002 during the final years of studying their masters in fine arts at the university of new south wales. bringing together ideas of home, permanency and collection, healy and cordeiro create sculptures and installation works that reuse, reform and contain the everyday consumables and detritus of modern life. the duo is based in berlin and spend some of each year in australia. since exhibiting at artspace, sydney in 2003, the artists have lived and worked in various parts of the world, being awarded the helen lempriere traavelling arts scholarship, kunsterhaus bethanien residency in berlin and anne and gordon samstag awards. their work has been shown at the art gallery of NSW and GOMA in australia and they have been included in many curated exhibitions internationally.

  • Well. I think that LEGO block are a cultural Icon. But i’m really tired to see them used in art. Gave it back to children in Haiti.

    Poetti says:
  • YH and give em your PC too…and dishwasher…y not give em your credit card think that might of more use than LEGO.

    sonico says:

    totoro says:
  • Argh!

    I agree with all above (or, below, I’m not sure where this comment will fall). I’ve seen better constructs from children, without the “socio-political issues such as globalization, mediatic culture and consumption” rigmarole.

    Please, artists, try to learn something from the children that the toys were made for. If want to make cool things out of LEGO — just say, “Look at these cool things we made out of LEGO!”

    Oh, yeah, NOW I get it.

    Mushi says:
  • Re: All comments above.
    Have you even stopped to think for a second that the artist has chosen the media to communicate the meaning in the work (globalisation, waste and consumption) rather than just as an aesthetic choice?

    The artist have used their material in an intelligent way to assist in communicating the message of their work in a way which strikes nostalgia relates to their audience, asking them to reconsider what is good about the world.

    Cm says:
  • wonder how it would look it they made a exact replica…covered in petrol and let in burn for 30 secs – a minute…so its melted but not destroyed…then have em side by side?

    sonico says:

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