• Justene Williams Your Boat is My Scenic Personality of Space 2012. Courtesy Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney.

  • Justene Williams Cosmic Armature 2012. Courtesy Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney.

  • Jake and Dinos Chapman Sacrificial Mutilation and Death in Modern Art 1998. Courtesy White Cube, London.

  • Jake and Dinos Chapman Sacrificial Mutilation and Death in Modern Art 1998. Courtesy White Cube, London.

  • Jenny Watson 'Can Somebody Please Help Me Get This Knot Out of My Mouth?' 2010. Courtesy Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney.

  • Jenny Watson 'Can Somebody Please Help Me Get This Knot Out of My Mouth? No. 2' 2010. Courtesy Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney.

  • Peter Robinson Das Es 2006.

Playtime

14 December 2013–8 March 2014

Thomas Semple, Jenny Watson, Otto Muehl, Peter Robinson, Justene Williams, Steve Carr, Jake and Dinos Chapman


Playtime explores the infantile and the juvenile. Many of our ideas about art stem from the notion of innocent childish creativity—the Picasso thing. However, Playtime is more overtly rude, anarchic, and occasionally scatological. It comes out of the unlikely thought of juxtaposing Brisbane artist Jenny Watson's sweet, childish paintings (including her self-portrait as a young girl with her horse) with a nasty film of a regressive performance by Viennese actionist Otto Muehl. The show also includes art-school Associate Professor Peter Robinson's rude graffitos lamenting university life and his suggestive sculpture Das Es, dummy-spitting neo-dada artist Justene Williams channeling her inner hillbilly, 'lurker' artist Steve Carr's videos of himself in a bedroom pillowfight with little girls and trashing a panel van with little boys, and Brits Jake and Dinos Chapman's amateurish reconstructions of art tragedies using rubber-glove puppets. Plus, we introduce emerging artist, Thomas Semple.