14 December to 20 January
Opening Reception: 14 December, 6pm
Oscar Dempsey winner of last year’s Winter Open at Rua Red has created a body of new, large-scale works for his first solo show as an emerging artist.
Using the anatomy of Hyenas as a visual focal point, he takes influence from their “Dominance Hierarchy” through the intrasexual conflicts in a Matriarchal system. The works resemble limbless figures and torsos from the Roman and Renaissance period. The sculptures attempt to impersonate male nudes as they stand in antagonising positions while being deemed weak by their dangling limbs. In this show, Dempsey explores materials such as latex, styrofoam, wood and metal while utilising a time consuming, hand-carving method to create these large sculptural works.