Steve Wigg and Richard Grayson: Triumph
1 – 31 August 1996
Triumph: A collaborative project by Steven Wigg and Richard Grayson has been commissioned by the Art Museum, and is the first occasion that these two well known Adelaide artists have worked together.
Although Grayson and Wigg share a background in collaborative and performance art, their work has recently been characterised by independent, multi–media installations and, in the case of Grayson, painting.
As a pointer to the intentions and meanings of Triumph, the artists have selected a quote from Bloom's Agon: towards a theory of revisionism (New York and Oxford, O.U.P., 1982):
But in the European Enlightenment, this literary idea was strangely transformed into a vision of the terror that could be perceived both in nature and in art, a terror uneasily allied with pleasurable sensations of augmented power, and even of narcissistic freedom, freedom in the shape of that wildness Freud dubbed "the omnipotence of thought", the greatest of all narcissistic illusions.
A commission by the University of South Australia Art Museum. Catalogue essays by Stanislaus Fung and Linda Marie Walker.