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Alexander Knox The Cannibal and the Missionary 12 November - 5 December 2015

Photos courtesy of Christian Cappuro

‘Automatic’ sculptures from the ‘psychological block set’

With this new work Knox continues to explore psychotherapeutic self-analysis via the ‘automatic’ arrangement of a series of solid beech anthropomorphic modules. His resultant table sculptures play out the staging of psycho-social propositions and manifest unconscious scenarios.

| Collective motivation is exemplified by mob spirit, group cooperation, customs and laws. Group consciousness and ego consciousness are mutually antagonistic: when one is strong, the other is weak. Yet it is difficult to analyse the aetiology of possible conflict contributing to art instinct motivations. Under ordinary circumstances of human conduct (which is a product of all drive-motivations, largely unconscious), the ego and sex instinct motivations accept the advantages of the group motivations without conflict. It appears, however, that the motivations for the art instinct at once run counter to group motivations whereas the products of the art instinct seek acknowledgement from those same group motivations. The origins of this contradiction are moreover thoroughly obscured by the products themselves. Even when clear themes emerge, it is difficult not to suspect that they have been deliberately concocted as a lure or misdirection for the analyst. |
Extract from — A Brief Analysis of Case Notes on Things I’m Working Through Catalogue essay by Professor Justin Clemens for Alexander Knox’s “Things I’m Working Through” Murray White Room 2015
NB. Phrases of the current ‘Case Notes’ have been adapted from J.C. Yaskin, ‘The Psychobiology of Anxiety—a Clinical Study,’ The Psychoanalytic Review, No 24S (1937), pp. 49-93.
*The ‘cannibal and the missionary’ and the related ‘jealous husband’ problem are classic river crossing puzzles that are a part of the larger ‘toy’ problem solving technique.
Alexander Knox is represented by Murray White Room

Born Melbourne, Australia
Lives and works in Melbourne

2001-02 Graduate Diploma, Fine Art (Public Art) RMIT
2001-2 Design Studio, course design and teaching for the Faculty of Constructed
Environment, RMIT University
2017 (Forthcoming) Ten Cubed, Melbourne
2015 The Cannibal and the Missionary CAVES, Melbourne
2011 Dark Star, Gippsland Art Gallery, Victoria
2008 5.19, Murray White Room, Melbourne
2006 Spazio T, Murray White Room, Melbourne
2004 TCB/Uplands, Melbourne
Little God, Bed, Bangkok
2001 Channel Me, 200 Gertrude Street, Melbourne
La Science Secrete, RMIT Project Space, Melbourne
2000 Uber Organ, First Floor, Melbourne
1999 Alien Pornographique, First Floor, Melbourne
Gestumtkunstwerk, Lovers, Melbourne
1998 L’atmosphere, First Floor, Melbourne
1996 Paranox Presents, Stop 22 Gallery, Melbourne
2016 Spring 1883, The Hotel Windsor, Melbourne
2014 Spring 1883, The Hotel Windsor, Melbourne
2013 Everyday Murray White Room, Melbourne
Murray White Room, Sydney Contemporary 13
2009 GROUP 02, Murray White Room, Melbourne
2008 PREVIEW 08, Murray White Room, Melbourne
2006 Helen Lempriere National Sculpture Award, Werribee Park
2005 Helen Lempriere National Sculpture Award, Werribee Park