John A Douglas will be exhibiting The Visceral Garden — Landscape & Specimen at MARS Gallery in Melbourne from 10th October to 1 November. The work features video performance by Naomi Oliver and soundtrack by Heath Franco and Naomi Oliver.
John A Douglas | The Visceral Garden — Landscape & Specimen
10 October – 1 November
Opening: Saturday, 10 October, 3:00–5:00pm
MARS Gallery, 7 James Street, Windsor VIC 3181
In his installation The Visceral Garden — Landscape and Specimen Douglas presents images of specimens […] both as whole examples of organs and as macro, detailed sections. These images accompany the video The Visceral Garden in which a vast landscape is constructed out of organs, bones and body-parts that become botanical in variation, and geological in form. In this work, Douglas conceives of the diseased body — of his diseased body — as a vast and epically proportioned inner-space as complex as its outer opposite. The spaceman he portrays within these landscapes is enmeshed and struggles within the disease – eventually becoming indistinguishable from it. The photographs that accompany this work however, have an unflinching and scientific perspective on pathology as something to be confronted, studied, understood and overcome, like the medical functionalism identified by Foucault in The Birth of the Clinic.“
— Bec Dean, 2014.