Allan Binns

Home Work

17 April 2013 - 4 May 2013

Once a significant buffer between the realms of home and work, the motor vehicle has long since been fetishised as a symbol of freedom, independence, heady recklessness, wealth, status and/or power. However, the recent and sharp decline in the sales of new vehicles would appear to indicate a sea of change in society's perception...

Gone are the days when chicks would cream over fuel injection cut-offs and chrome plated rods.

When did we enter this bizarre parallel universe, where James Bond drives an (albeit souped-up version of the) unimaginative Ford Mondeo?

Fiscal responsibility tells us this kind of thing is due to the austere times in which we live, but is that really the crux?

In presenting a car crash as a fertilizing rather than a destructive event, Binns begins to question what role the post-industrial infinitude of work has played in transforming the way we think about not only the motor vehicle, but its potential for freedom.

Can the automotive industry's downturn be purely attributed to the global financial crisis? Or, with the boundary between home and work becoming increasingly blurred, has the paradox of the dead man working soured our taste for chrome and petrol fumes?

Closing Night
2 May 2013 - 6pm