Auckland-based artist Eddie Clemens mines suburban sprawls, drawing out familiar aspects of New Zealand culture and magnifying them in an absurd yet critical fashion. In this new exhibition at The Physics Room, Clemens constructs forms inspired by childhood toys - think ‘weebel wobbles’ and bounce-back punching bags - that nudges at the privatisation of the postal service, and offering a humourous take of the secret lives of bored suburbanites. The mailbox is resilient, but not immune to the aggressive temper of our American century in New Zealand as the violence inflicted on the object suggests.
Eddie Clemens completed a BFA (Sculpture) at the University of Canterbury in 2000, and received a MFA (Hons) at Elam School of Fine Arts in Auckland in 2004. He has exhibited his work in numerous art spaces in New Zealand over the past six years.
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