Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery

24SEVEN: The Wunder Years

still of a film, depicting the ocean, with a person's head visible swimming in the distance and the following text depicted on the horizon: Looking outwrads (finally), Carve a hole in the wall, do it now!

Image Caption

Zachary Bruce, still from The Wunder Years (Director's Cut), 2018, video shot on 8mm film, 10 minutes, 15 seconds, edition 1/10, The University of Western Australia Art Collection, University Senate Grant, 2019

 

24SEVEN is our platform for delivering a selection of the most exciting video work created by contemporary artists in Australia.

Initiated in 2013, 24SEVEN has featured works by Abdul Abdullah, Jacobus Capone, Thea Costantino and Kate McMillan, among others. Located on a screen in the front window of the Gallery, it provides visitors and passers-by the opportunity to view artwork 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Created by Western Australian artist and musician Zachary Bruce, The Wunder Years explores the ways in which we often use narratives from films, books and cultural myths to try to make sense of the incomprehensible or seemingly arbitrary aspects of life. As Bruce explains, 'We cast ourselves as the protagonists of our own stories, each one a Frankenstein of consumed content, summoned from the muddy banks of memory to help us cope with the complexities of reality. In The Wunder Years, I use 8mm film and soundscapes to explore my own narrative and confront the limitations of using pop culture to forge meaning from chaos.' The work was the 2019 winner of the Midwest Art Prize Overall Award for Excellence.

Exhibition runs

Opens 8 February 2020

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Artwork

Zachary Bruce, The Wunder Years (Director's Cut), 2018
Video shot on 8mm film
10 minutes, 15 seconds, edition 1/10
The University of Western Australia Art Collection, University Senate Grant, 2019