The Centrifugal Soul

Mat Collishaw

The title work and centrepiece of Mat Collishaw’s exhibition at Blain|Southern, The Centrifugal Soul  is a sculpture in the form of a zoetrope, which animates scenes of bowerbirds and birds of paradise as they perform elaborate mating rituals. The work offers a captivating demonstration of how aesthetic diversity has evolved through sexual selection and also reflects the artist’s ongoing examination of our insatiable appetite for visual stimulation. (Video courtesy the artist, MONA Tasmania and Blain|Southern, edited by Ray O'Daly)

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