6–30 NOV 2013

The bear that wasn’t 2013
timber, shape memory alloy, aluminium, steel, synthetic fur, polyester, plastic, polymer clay, acrylic paint
40 × 200 × 200 cm
(installation dimensions variable)

Best Shot 2013
motor, glass lenses, slide film (sampled from Eadweard Muybridge’s Cockatoo flying 1887), aluminium, electronics, plastic, cardboard, acrylic paint
20 × 20 × 100 cm, timber table 110 × 120 × 60 cm framed reproduction of an 1895 lithograph demonstrating the firing position for Étienne-Jules Marey’s
chronophotographic gun and photograph demonstrating the firing position for Best Short 2013 26 × 20 cm (each, framed)
(installation dimensions variable)

Gallery 9 welcome David Lawrey and Jaki Middleton back for their second solo show, The Hunt, an exhibition of new sculptural work.

The exhibition draws inspiration from pre-cinematic optical devices, 19th Century weapons, and idiosyncratic museum displays. In Best Shot (2013), the artists revive Étienne-Jules Marey’s  chronophotographic gun of 1882, a camera invention in the form of a rifle that shot 12 consecutive frames per second, and famously documented the locomotion of animals and humans. In the artists’ re-invented version, the gallery visitor raises the gun and pulls the trigger to awaken and direct a bird flying across the sky. The work subverts the traditional purpose of the weapon: the pull of the trigger marking a beginning rather than an end.

Lawrey (b. 1973, Melbourne) andMiddleton (b. 1979, Sydney) are a creative partnership and artistic collaboration based in Sydney. Since 2005, the pair’s work has typically involved sculptural constructions which incorporate motion, optical phenomena and repetition. Appropriating iconic snippets of film, photography and history, the artists re-stage these fragments within sculptural installations in order to observe, breakdown and reconfigure familiar narratives.

Lawrey and Middleton presented their first solo show with Gallery 9 in 2011, Mystery Hill and in recent years have participated in many local and international curated exhibitions. Recent exhibitions include Living in the Ruins of the Twentieth Century at UTS Gallery, Sydney (2013); Time & Vision at the Bargehouse Gallery, London (2012), Otherworldly at the Museum of Arts and Design, New York (2011); New Acquisitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; and Abandon Normal Devicesat FACT, Liverpool, UK (both 2009).

In the lead-up to this exhibition, the artists have recently returned from a residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris. Lawrey & Middleton’s works have been collected by private collectors in Australia and overseas as well as the MCA, Sydney and the Wollongong City Gallery.