Manning + O’Reilly Artists ‘Balloon Animals’ 2016

by naomimoreilly

Manning + O’Reilly Artists is the collaborative practice of visual artists and curators Aishla Manning and Naomi O’Reilly.

Initiated in 2015 the duos first project was the laundrie national emerging art prize, a parody art prize that utilised collaboration to combat and critiqued the competitive undercurrents instilled in artists though institutionalised art competitions. Their name followed in the style of parody and mimicked the major sponsors of the art prize.

The duo created Balloon Animals for Boxcopy’s exhibition HOMEGROUND: Brisbane Artist Run Activity, Today and Tomorrow. HOMEGROUND was an accumulative exhibition project, with six artist run initiatives in residence at Boxcopy for one week in succession. The exhibition emphasised collaborative and speculative methods of working.

Ballon Animals combines Manning’s playful use of commonplace objects and materials that carry a sense of familiarity and banality with O’Reilly’s macro photography that engages audiences in intimate and prolonged observations of a subject through forced perspective. Together they explore themes of failure, humour, absurdity and intimacy in a recontextualised, sensory experience of the everyday.

Ballon Animals combines Manning’s use of familiar and banal objects that are animated through subversive play with O’Reilly’s macro photography that engages audiences in intimate and prolonged observations of a subject through forced perspective. Together they explore themes of failure, humour, absurdity and intimacy in a recontextualised, sensory experience of the everyday.

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