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The Work is not the Work: a Solo Exhibition by Ellis Moseley

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Art as a representation of the consciousness of others
Linden New Art will have an exhibition of the work of Adelaide-based artist Ellis Moseley in its Projects Space from late January 2022. Titled The Work is not the Work, the exhibition features a series of new ceramic vessels created by Moseley.

The Work is not the Work - a Solo Exhibition by Ellis Moseley
Ellis Moseley, the vessel (1 of 3) accompanying the work The Consciousness of Sergey and Larry, 2021, terracotta and buff raku trachyte blend, mid fire quartz and turquoise stain, 60 x 20 x 20 cm. Image courtesy of the artist. Photograph: Wil Nolan


The opportunity to exhibit at Linden New Art was awarded as a prize to Moseley, donated by Linden New Art, for work he displayed as part of the prestigious Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition 2021 in Adelaide.

A graduate of Flinders University, and currently undertaking a Master of Fine Art at Flinders University, the exhibition is part of Moseley's research to test the limits of what an artwork can be. These works pose the question as to whether an artist can claim someone else's consciousness as their own artwork. Moseley does not consider the vessels he's created to be the art at all; rather, he claims the vessels represent the consciousness of leading moguls such as Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk.

The Work is not the Work - a Solo Exhibition by Ellis Moseley
Ellis Moseley, Super Duper Flying Fun Show (detail) 2020. Image courtesy of the artist. Photograph Michael Haines.


As Moseley puts it: "The question as to whether it is possible to make the consciousness of another individual my art, emerged initially as a creative thought experiment and then through further research and consultation became an ever more viable proposition for creative expression."

Through symbolic and conceptual gestures Moseley aims to encourage a deeper consideration of our own attitudes and behaviours. The Work is not the Work encourages visitors to reflect on how much of themselves they may give away through social media networks.

The Work is not the Work - a Solo Exhibition by Ellis Moseley
Ellis Moseley at George Street Studios, 2021. Photograph Anna Fenech.


The Work is not the Work opens on Thursday 27 January and runs until Sunday 27 February 2022 in the Linden Projects Space, Linden New Art, 26 Acland Street, St Kilda. (Note that the Projects Space has its own access, at the rear of the building. The Projects Space is not wheelchair accessible.)

Linden Projects Space is open Tuesday to Sunday, 11am to 4pm (closed on public holidays).

Admission is FREE.

All images in this article are from the Linden New Art website.
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Why? A strongly conceptual exhibition where the works are a representation of the consciousness of others.
When: Exhibition runs from 27 January to 27 February. Projects Space is open Tues - Sun, 11am to 4pm
Phone: (03) 9534 0099
Where: Linden Projects Space, Linden New Art, 26 Acland Street, St Kilda
Cost: FREE
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