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last night at RAYGUN: ‘Wait For Something’

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‘Wait for Something’

 

‘Wait for something’ took place on July 26th, visitors to the gallery were invited by a sign on the wall to take a seat and wait for something to happen at the specified times. This is what was given to the participants:
6.15pm –  A shoulder massage
6.30pm –  A cupcake
6.45pm – A balloon
7pm – A book called ‘The Little Prince’
7.15 – A bunch of flowers
7.30 – A ‘wait for something’ mix CD and chocolate
‘Wait for something’ explores the role of visitors to an art gallery being transformed into participants, and the nature of the object used within an artwork. ‘Wait for something’ relies on people visiting the exhibition to engage with the instructions on the wall by sitting and ‘waiting for something’ at specific times, in order to complete the work.  Waiting for something is an activity engaged in by each of us, everyday. We wait for the traffic lights, to finish studying, for someone to arrive, for a phone call, for the end of the day, etc. ‘Wait for something’ therefore changes the nature of waiting, by placing the participant in a situation where they do not know what they are waiting for.
The objects given (which are unknown to the participant waiting) are everyday objects often given as ‘love tokens’ or inexpensive gifts ensuring one doesn’t arrive empty handed. The emphasis is therefore not on the object, but rather the kind intention. The process of giving and receiving of ‘gifts’ or everyday things within this project explores the nature of objects used to facilitate art.

 

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OPEN BY APPOINTMENT (WE BOTH HAVE STUDIOS IN THE BUILDING, SO WE'RE HERE ALL THE TIME) UPSTAIRS 249 MARGARET STREET, TOOWOOMBA RAYGUN PROJECTS is an artist run initiative run by artists Alexandra Lawson and Tarn McLean located in the CBD of Toowoomba, Australia.

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