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Installation view of Thebus and Corkran, *Drippy Rock*, 2019, TCB Art Inc., Melbourne. Photograph: Jordan Halsall

Athena Thebus and Chloe Corkran: Drippy Rock

16 Aug 2019
TCB art inc. 1 Aug - 18 Aug 2019

Drippy Rock is a title that could take on both literal and figurative meaning. Is it a phrase to describe thousand year-old stalactites weeping from the ceiling of a limestone cave, symbolising the passing of time? Or is it mere word play to draw our attention to themes of contradiction and binaries? Regardless of the intended meaning of the title, Athena Thebus and Chloe Corkran's exhibition encourages complex and nonlinear reflection on our experiences of time and dualism.

TCB's new gallery space in Brunswick plays host to the collaborative exhibition by the two emerging artists. Displayed in their main room, the show consists of a resin swing hanging from the ceiling, and a large image mounted on wallpaper of the two artists embracing in a fantasy, forest-like scene. The intimate gallery space is starkly lit with LED panels that line the ceiling. This, in conjunction with the image mounted on the entrance-facing wall, creates a sense that one has walked into a time capsule that has frozen an intimate moment. The two artists have their eyes shut and their mouths just touching and the butterflies surrounding them have stopped mid-flutter. There is an undeniable awareness of the fleeting nature of time, and a yearning to hold it within the space.

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