2018 | mixed media | 8” x 14” x 6" | courtesy of the artist
Reserve bid: $400
This work by Aston Coles features the Datura Stramonium plant, a nightshade that is believed to enslave those who ingest it, keeping them captive in a hallucinatory delirium. Coles used glycerine to preserve and manipulate the plant into its mummified and twisted shape, placing it in an upholstered black velvet box that creates a trompe o’oeil effect, making the object appear flat at certain angles.
Coles is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice amalgamates sound, video, installation and sculpture. Coles’ homemade electronics become functional sculptures in his performances, exploring signal feedback, distortion and manipulation. Previous exhibitions shown and performed in galleries and alternative spaces include, At the corner, Platform Centre for Photographic and Digital Arts, Winnipeg; Mondo Monde, Struts Gallery and Faucet Media Arts Centre, Sackville; Permanent Vacation, Museum of New Ideas, Winnipeg; and Exile Off Main Street, Lewyc Institute of Contemporary Art, Winnipeg. Coles lives and works in Winnipeg.
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