George Egerton-Warburton (AU)
Born 1988, Kojonup, Western Australia
Lives and works Melbourne, Australia
George Egerton-Warburton employs text, sculpture, painting, and video in his practice which embraces stylistic dissonance, and the syntax of conceptual art, while examining the discord between impulses and behaviour shaped by cultural norms.
His installations often involve sensory elements, such as the smell and sound of kinetic sculpture and motors. Grease, hot plastic, and metal conjure precarity and productivity. Elusive atmospheres are anchored by droll humour and irony, where sympathetic structures and topologies of stress are cobbled together in textured installations. Embracing the contradictions of conceptual art and critique, Egerton-Warburton has shown motors that hum with pathos, running only to affirm their own existence, mulling over multiple notions of power. Works such as these are contrasted with a series of miniature beds that suggest that there is a symptom in the room. In another work, dog shit is mistaken for a truffle to investigate the conditioning inherent in a past occupation. In Egerton-Warburton’s practice, confusion is both a guiding force and an antidote to the mental process of interpretation; elongating the moment of non-compliance before we ‘obey’ language.