Installation view of George Egerton-Warburton <em>Woozy heights</em> 2022 at Sutton Gallery, Melbourne. Courtesy of the artist and Sutton Gallery, Melbourne<br/>
© George Egerton-Warburton and Sutton Gallery, Melbourne

George Egerton-Warburton

George Egerton-Warburton
(b. 1988, Kojonup, Western Australia. Lives and works in Melbourne, Victoria)

George Egerton-Warburton employs text, sculpture, painting and video in his art practice to examine the discord between impulses and behaviours shaped by cultural norms. His installation works frequently feature sensory elements, from the smells and sounds of kinetic sculptures and motors to the productive, industrial associations of grease, hot plastic and metal.

For Melbourne Now, Egerton-Warburton presents three sculptures: Woozy heights, Write-off and Gut fugitive. The sculptures originally featured in the artist’s recent solo exhibition Woozy, 2022, at Melbourne’s Sutton Gallery, and are constructed from recycled farm machinery parts and other found materials, such as worn clothes, bought and stolen objects, foraged wood, bitumen, wool and surfboard fibreglass. With the structural component of each sculpture inspired by an engine hoist, the three suspended objects carry the same visual language as engines. As Egerton-Warburton has noted, the three works exist independently of any surrounding architecture: ‘The mobiles, which carry the same vocabulary of weight as hanging meat, are also borders, traumascapes, and representations of power. They are “intestitutions”, conjuring despair through their inevitable repurposing as motors.’

Egerton-Warburton has exhibited extensively in Australia and overseas, including solo exhibitions at Sutton Gallery, Heide Museum of Modern Art, West Space, and Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne; Contemporary Art Tasmania, Hobart; Shoot the Lobster, New York City; and Artspace, Auckland. He has also shown in a number of group exhibitions in Australia, the United States and Japan. In 2022, he completed a PhD in Fine Art (Research) at MADA, Monash University.