Garlic Fish Man

2006

Gallery Barry Keldoulis
Artspace
Circular Quay

In Fox’s work, Garlic Fish Man, an old timber boat holds an array of objects intersected by kitchen grade melamine surfaces. This solid vessel has carried people through time and space, and now holds the story of a young Portuguese man’s intimate journey of self-discovery.

Told through the lyrical metaphor of garlic fish preparation, the interlacing of the private domestic space of the kitchen with the public space of the boat sheds tender light onto the young man’s journey. Aesthetically the work is beautiful – its materiality and composition have been carefully thought through and the Garlic Fish Man song whispers from the vessel of culinary delights.

The clinker, once used to catch fish now rests in a zone of conceptual paradise, folding and collapsing the passages of time into a reservoir of complex and competing sensibilities. The fishing vessel – feminine in form, yet masculine in its function – has outgrown tradition, augmented with domestic surfaces of white melamine.

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