September 30, 2020

Zilverster ( Goodwin & Hanenbergh) | PK3JRG (from the Alamy series)| 2019

By Prenta X
Zilverster ( Goodwin & Hanenbergh) | PK3JRG (from the Alamy series)| 2019

Zilverster is a collaborative project between renowned Melbourne-based artists Sharon Goodwin and Irene Hanenbergh. Initially established in 2010 as a problem solving exercise, the collaboration has evolved into a rich practice that extends the discursive and process potentialities of each artist's work. Zilverster creates intricate drawings, sculptural objects and spatial installations that navigate shared interests in (art) history, fantasy, cult iconography, alchemy and supernatural phenomena. 

Zilverster’s work engages ideas around utopian thought, exploring actual and fictional European histories – often expressed through the Esperanto language – while playfully disturbing traditional distinctions between high and low art forms, with the inclusion of snippets of conversation between the artists and everyday minutiae as well as numerous pop-cultural references.

PK3JRG extends these interests by utilising the instantly recognisable watermark of Alamy, the British stock photography agency that maintains an archive of over 165 million images. Normally a client would pay to have the watermark removed from an image whereas Zilverster does away with the image altogether, thus inscribing all meaning to the brand itself. By wilfully subverting the relationship between authentic and fake by imprinting a ‘cheap’ generic logo onto a ‘designer’ object – and thus rendering genuine branding valueless – Zilverster also makes the wearer of the scarf complicit in a discourse around ‘stolen’ images.

Zilverster (Goodwin & Hanenbergh) is represented by Sarah Scout Presents

Zilverster (Goodwin & Hanenbergh)