Domenico de Clario

GASP! presented an all night performance by one of Australia’s most esteemed and enduring artists for the winter solstice. de Clario’s duet for one voice (tomba delle cose / tomb of things) took place from dark to dawn within the beautiful new GASP! pavilion at Wilkinson’s Point.

GASP! and Dark Mofo presented an all night performance by one of Australia’s most esteemed and enduring artists for the winter solstice. de Clario’s duet for one voice (tomba delle cose / tomb of things) will took place from dark to dawn within the beautiful new GASP! pavilion at Wilkinson’s Point.

GASP! was delighted to work with Domenico de Clario on a final resting place for his full archive following on from his recent performance and installation at Kelly’s Garden in Hobart and his one day performance at the MCA.

De Clario is an interdisciplinary artist, academic, curator, writer and musician. Born in Trieste, Italy, in 1947, he migrated to Australia with his family in 1956. De Clario has presented more than 250 solo and group exhibitions and performances since 1966 and has published a number of books and CDs. He has been the recipient of international/national residencies and grants, including the Australia Council Fellowship. His work is represented in major public and private collections in Australia and worldwide.

Over a period of 40 years, culminating this year, de Clario has presented a single work that has taken place at many different times and locations.

The two major strands of de Clario’s practice over many years have been installations and performances, usually together. The installations have often been collections of objects which have formed part of the process of his work over time and their placement is often in an apparently haphazard way, as one might see a pile of clothes, abject and compelling through the stories they contain, including how and why they got to where they now reside.

Over a period of 40 years, culminating this year, de Clario has presented a single work that has taken place at many different times and locations. Central to this evolving project is a growing archive of everyday objects, which the artist continuously re-examines in terms of its relationship to himself, other objects and the various architectural contexts in which it is contained. Following a final viewing of the archive on 27 April 2013 at the MCA in Sydney, de Clario’s archive will travel to GASP! for its ritual burial at a future date to be determined and permanent home. Prior to the burial de Clario sings and performs blindfolded an archived groupings of songs that have accompanied his journey so far.


Image Domenico de Clario, edipo re, 2002, installation & performance
Photo Helen Vivian


 

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