Scott Hocking: Bone Barrow | Triumph of Death

David Klein Gallery
Jun 14, 2018 2:24PM

The TRIUMPH OF DEATH AND THE BREAKING WHEELS OF LIFE is a site specific installation and photo project in the Australian bush, created during a monthlong residential grant at the former home of artist Arthur Boyd, now called the Bundanon Trust. Based on the appearance of Breaking Wheels in the paintings of Pieter Breughel the Elder (Triumph of Death, Christ Carrying the Cross), Arthur Boyd's connection to Brueghel, the location of the site being known as Haunted Point ('but no one knows why...'), the Aboriginal history in the area and rumors of the nearby Ridge, the deadly Shoalhaven River currents and tides, the Buddhist Wheel of Life, my Quixotian quest curse, and a photograph of Sidney Nolan mounting a dead horse....along the amphitheatre trail, past the sign post, under the fallen Banksia, over the dead tree, right at the crossroads, past the termite mound, left at the lichen rock log, through the gum gates, past the snake tree, along the ridge, first at the cliff cairn, between the cave and the portal tree, 4 breaking wheels and the triumph of death. at the end of the paddock, near the old river fence, the dead horse stands. past snake mountain and the sacred stone circle, at end of the cedar trail, in the bush of haunted point, up the hill, the stone dolmen old man of the mountain wombat rock sits at the head of the ridge spine...    - Scott Hocking


Sydney Nolan Mounts a Dead HorseDesert 1952 - photograph, Sydney Nolan

Pieter Bruegel the Elder, The Breaking Wheel

Scott Hocking: Old ends June 23rd at David Klein Gallery, 1520 Washington Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226. For more information, please contact the gallery at [email protected] or 313-818-3416.

David Klein Gallery