FASHION SHOW

Kate Dunn
EXHIBITION  RUNS
   
January
   
23
 -  
February
   
3
FASHION SHOW is the first solo show of emerging artist Kate Dunn, showcasing their experimental wearable artworks pushing the limits of clothing and materiality. 

INFORMATION

Blurring the line between high and low culture, Dunn employs high fashion aesthetics in their experimentation with industrial foams, cardboards, and recycled materials in their ongoing exploration of the bold, brash and the ridiculous. While humorous and explorative in nature, Dunn contextualises their works in the context of global capitalism, using recycled materials as a means of highlighting the throwaway culture of the fashion industry. The works also constitute a celebration of recycled materials as having inherent aesthetic value, and not merely utilitarian purposes.

 

These experimental ‘costumes’ engage in discourses surrounding mass culture, high fashion and social class, exploring the extent to which famous brands serve as ‘class signifiers’ in contemporary Australian society, and how these brands maybe used as a means of performatively conveying identity.

Kate Dunn is a Sydney-based multidisciplinary artist whose practice explores contemporary Australian politics, identity and popular culture through sculpture, diorama and costume making. Having lived in both suburban Queensland and Sydney city, Dunn is interested in intersections between place and memory, and environmental influences on identity. 

 

Blurring the line between high and low culture, Dunn employs high fashion aesthetics in their experimentation with industrial foams, cardboards, and recycled materials in their ongoing exploration of the bold, brash and the ridiculous. While humorous and explorative in nature, Dunn contextualises their works in the context of global capitalism, using recycled materials as a means of highlighting the throwaway culture of the fashion industry. The works also constitute a celebration of recycled materials as having inherent aesthetic value, and not merely utilitarian purposes.

 

These experimental ‘costumes’ engage in discourses surrounding mass culture, high fashion and social class, exploring the extent to which famous brands serve as ‘class signifiers’ in contemporary Australian society, and how these brands maybe used as a means of performatively conveying identity.

Kate Dunn is a Sydney-based multidisciplinary artist whose practice explores contemporary Australian politics, identity and popular culture through sculpture, diorama and costume making. Having lived in both suburban Queensland and Sydney city, Dunn is interested in intersections between place and memory, and environmental influences on identity. 

 

FEATURED  WORKS

Kate Dunn, Experimental VB Can Costume, 2018, Aluminum can on cardboard, Dimensions variable
Kate Dunn, Experimental Foam Costume, 2019, Polyurethane foam and silicone on cardboard, repurposed plastic and thrifted bra and high heel, Dimensions variable
Kate Dunn, Experimental Energy Drink Costume, 2019, Aluminium can on cardboard and repurposed plastic, Dimensions variable
Kate Dunn, Experimental Energy Drink Costume in the Carpark, 2019,
Digital print on matte paper, 21 x 29.7 cm

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