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Promised Denial and Anteroom: tooth grit

A shared exhibition by Shireen Taweel and Sam Johnstone


Promised Denial is an exhibition of sculptural works made from sheet copper which explores the transitional state of the spiritual essence of the object intended for the afterlife to the shift in its nature as an object of antiquity. The works create dialogue between society’s need for material possession through the sense of a changed nature of the sacred object intended for the afterlife. By emphasising the process of traditional object-making in abstract forms, Taweel addresses the conceptualisation between sacred objects, antiquity, and our desire for consumer goods, seeking to question the process of transition.

Anteroom: tooth grit by Samuel Johnstone builds tension between physical and digital constructions in order to suggest violence inherent in progress. Interactivity is introduced in a way that strips the viewer of any influence that could be perceived as meaningful. Johnstone’s aim is to look at the relationship between desire and action and to think about what could fairly be expected of individual morality as it manifests through action.

Included are objects familiar to the viewer from direct and indirect realms. Through their inclusion in a constructed yet physically unstable space they contemplate the distance one is able to affect influence.

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Promised Denial and Anteroom: tooth grit

146 ArtSpace
146 Elizabeth Street, Hobart, Tasmania, 7000, Australia

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