2014 – Mikala Dwyer ‘The Weight Of Shape’

Mikala Dwyer’s The Weight of Shape balances between ceiling and floor, hovering in and around the viewer’s field of vision. The weight of shape is a physical demonstration of thought patterns: at once geometric and organic; synthetic and natural; opaque and translucent; slick and porous; flat and voluptuous; at some moments static and then unexpectedly and uncontrollably mobile. A kind of corporeal daydream about the interior of the mind, the weight of shape provides an opportunity for the distinct departments of thinking to be negotiated physically, and perhaps rearranged. A mass of associations, the swinging objects are, again, fragments from the fertile zone of consciousness.

For over three decades, Mikala Dwyer has challenged the limits of sculptural practice, through installation, performance, video and photography.

Dwyer’s practice is developed through a series of evolving projects, connecting personal biography, site-specificity and idiosyncratic modes of research into theories of the occult and alchemy. Maintaining a playful approach, Dwyer’s work ranges from circular gatherings of objects, jewellery for walls and ceilings, the utilisation of performers, spells for corners and other less analogous objects that invoke the murkier common rituals of the quotidian.

Mikala Dwyer’s recent major solo exhibitions include Goldene Bend’er at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, 2013; Panto Collapsar, Project Arts Centre, Dublin (touring to other venues in Ireland), 2013-14; and Drawing Down the Moon, the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, 2012.

Recent group exhibitions include 19th Biennale of Sydney, You imagine what you desire, 2014; The End of the 20th Century. The Best is Yet to Come, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, 2013–14; Future Primitive, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne, 2013–14; NETWORKS (cells & silos), Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne, 2011; Monanism, Museum of Old and New Art, Tasmania, 2011; The Beauty of Distance: Songs of Survival in a Precarious Age, the 17th Biennale of Sydney, 2010; and Before and After Science, the Adelaide Biennale of Australian Art, 2010.

Mikala Dwyer
The weight of shape, 2014
Acrylic, fibreglass, copper, ceramic, bronze, brass, stainless steel, steel and rope
Dimensions variable
Courtesy the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery

Dwyer is represented by Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne, Roslyn Oxley9, Sydney, Hamish McKay Gallery, Wellington and Hamish Morrison Galerie, Berlin.

The Weight of Shape was funded by the Melbourne Art Foundation and will be gifted to the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.

Rachel Ciesla