Ash Bell Creative | The Church of Deep Lustre

The Church of Deep Lustre


  • 15 Oct


  • Ash Bell

‘But certainly for the present age, which prefers the sign to the thing signified, the copy to the original, fancy to reality, the appearance to the essence… for in these days illusion only is sacred, truth profane. Nay, sacredness is held to be enhanced in proportion as truth decreases and illusion increases, so that the highest degree of illusion comes to be the highest degree of sacredness.’      Ludwig Feuerbach

 

The Church of Deep Lustre began as an exploration of  Debord’s Society of the Spectacle and major cultural turning points in history where the line between the sign and the thing signified became blurred, and image was God. Our own experience in a designed world was a constant source of both inspiration and confusion, simultaneously comforting and yet shallow. We set about creating a space which created a sense of both allure and unease, putting the audience and the ‘Spectacle’ in the role of both worshippers and omnipotent.

Exhibited at the Stucco Gallery in Newtown, Sydney, the final installation was a blend of acridly sweet bubblegum aroma, a blend of classical and pop music slowed down beyond recognition, a womb-inpsired worship space covered in tactile velvets, satins and furs inviting the audience to kneel to a projection of a 70’s soft core sci-fi erotica inspired space temple (built and shot entirely with practical effects in miniature), with three doona clad goddesses ignoring you.

This is the first collaborative project from Crash Palace, Comprising three local artists; Christine Inkley, Alice Joel and Ash Bell.

 

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This is the first collaborative project from Crash Palace, Comprising three local artists; Christine Inkley, Alice Joel and Ash Bell.