Museum of Contemporary Art, donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program by Henry Ergas, 2009
cardboard, plastic, hair dryer, ping pong balls, paper, electronic sensor
H 650 W 290 D 360cm
Matthew Griffin’s preference is to make pieces quickly with the dynamics of particular exhibition spaces in mind. In his practice, he works with a range of materials and found objects which gives him the flexibility to exhibit outside the gallery system in less orthodox spaces such as artist-run initiatives and in private houses.
A conceptual artist with a punk sensibility, Griffin brings a radical sense of humour to contemporary, pop and sub-cultural forms, thereby critiquing the role of art and the ‘art world’ – metaphorically banging his head against their limitations in feral work that riffs on jokes, puns and art world references.
Aske is an interactive work that, delivers a vision of ‘aesthetic delirium’ (1). Constructed from a cardboard cylinder with a collaged face, the work features bloodshot ping-pong ball eyes that shoot wildly out of their sockets and into the air on the approach of the viewer. Determinedly lo-fi, the work is powered by a hairdryer and prompted by a movement sensor.
I enjoy grunge, vulgarity, hardcore punk, sure. But the thing still has to work … You can always play with things in new ways, making work that’s fun and funny. Even sometimes wondrous.