The Ballad of Maurice Huish 2011

Installation comprising works on paper, turntable, record, flight case, tape, oil, acrylic and enamel paint, nails and book.

made for (Tasmania is an anagram of) I Am Satan @ HELL Gallery. Melbourne. January 2011.


A catastrophic misunderstanding of a pre-online fantasy game descends into madness in Hobart. A record of the events is contained within a paragraph within a category within a cheap and biased occult encyclopedia in pulp paperback form. Published in the U.S, distributed via a bookstore in Adelaide, available from a photocopied catalogue sent to you via mail, it arrives in Geelong 15 years ago. It is kept and travels to Hobart 10 years ago. In 2011 it is used as an object in an artwork. The artwork was made specifically for an exhibition at a Gallery called HELL. The exhibition was about the Tasmanian Gothic.

HELL GALLERY TEXT - (Tasmania Is An Anagram Of) I Am Satan
Opening Friday January 28, 2011, 6pm til late / Featuring live music by ICECLAW / DJs / BBQ / January 29 – February 19, 2011

*ICECLAW is a side project of Jensen Tjhung (Hate Club, Deaf Wish) and Nick Lane (This is Your Captain Speaking). They are joined by John the Psychologist on vintage Arp Odyssey Synthesizer.

(Tasmania Is An Anagram Of) I Am Satan takes the loose premise of a Tasmanian Gothic. The exhibiting artists have been invited to take their starting point from wordplay on 'Van Diemen’s Land' (Demon's Land) and 'Tasmania' (I Am Satan), to produce an exhibition of works interpreting a spirit far south of heaven. Their varied responses are not intended to present a contained curatorial idea, but rather an aggregation of ideas fleshed out through the invitational process. The themes are inspired by jokey wordplay and cultural impressions of Tasmania, as well as the general ambience of the Hell Gallery space and areas of interest of it's founders, Jess Johnson and Jordan Marani. Those being; "a fascination for the visual imagery of B grade horror, UFO’s, comic books, falling towers, black holes, post apocalyptic fiction, weird science and doom metal." The Board and staff of INFLIGHT will be presenting works based on these premises as well as inviting an artist (or group) of their choice to exhibit or collaborate with.

(Tasmania Is An Anagram Of) I Am Satan is a return exchange with HELL Gallery who presented the exhibition Hell Is Other People at INFLIGHT in Hobart in November 2009 /

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