The death of the land sacrificed for consumption. The Last Supper by Ken + Julia Yonetani at Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre 782 Kingsway, Gymea NSW. March 22 to May 4, 2014.
Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre is proud to present a new installation by artists Ken + Julia Yonetani. Commissioned by Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre, and developed during a four month residency at the Gallery, the installation recreates the Last Supper dining table as a 9 meter long banquet sculpted entirely from salt.
Following their prominent 2011 work Still Life: the food bowl, The Last Supper addresses concerns arising from increasing salinity levels and environmental toxins, and the impact this has on food production and food safety.
“Here salt is a metaphor for the death of the land, sacrificed in the production and consumption of what has become The Last Supper” the artists state.
The husband and wife team are no strangers to tackling issues of human impact on the environment and are known for their use of unusual materials such as salt, sugar and even uranium glass to portray this. Their recent body of work entitled Crystal Palace: The Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nuclear Nations featured 31 chandeliers constructed from uranium glass beads and antique chandelier frames, and was a key attraction at the Singapore Biennale. The Australian artists produced this work in response to the Fukuishima Nuclear reactor disaster of 2011.
Both born in Tokyo Japan, Ken and Julia have been collaborating on projects since 2009 and have exhibited nationally and internationally, including the Singapore Biennale in 2013, the Venice Biennale in 2009, and in the United Kingdom, Finland and Germany in 2011-2012.
The Last Supper will be on display in the Regional Gallery at Hazelhurst from March 22 through to May 4, 2014.