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Paul Yore: Word Made Flesh.

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  • Word Made Flesh @ and ACCA

14th September, 2022.

Paul Yore has been referred to as one of Australia’s most “provoking and consequential multidisciplinary artists.” The visual impact of his tapestries is akin to a cognitive and sensorial deep dive with a swathe of images, words and objects intricately composed on tapestries that have the impact of stepping into someone else’s dreamscape mid-narrative. 

ACCA is proud to present Paul Yore: WORD MADE FLESH, an extensive survey exhibition encompassing the full scope of the artist’s work, including appliquéd quilts and needlework, banners and pendants, collage and assemblage, and large-scale mixed media installation. The exhibition, which continues ACCA’s contemporary Australian solo series, is constructed maximally as a gesamtkunstwerk, presenting work over the past fifteen years, alongside a major new room-scaled sculptural installation developed especially for the exhibition.

‘National Anthem’ featured at Buxton Contemporary. Image via Hugo Michell Gallery.

‘Deny Everything’ featured at Melbourne Art Fair 2018. Image via Hugo Michell Gallery.

Born in Naarm/Melbourne in 1987, he lives and works on Gunaikurnai Country in Gippsland, Victoria, and completed his studies in painting, archaeology and anthropology at Monash University in 2010. Yore’s work engages with the histories of religious art and ritual, queer identity, pop-culture and neo-liberal capitalism, recasting a vast array of found images, materials and texts into sexually and politically loaded tableaux and assemblages which celebrate hybrid and fluid identities, unstable and contradictory meanings, and the glowing horizon of queer world-making.

Wool needlework pieces by Paul Yore for his 2021 exhibition PATRIOT

Paul Yore: WORD MADE FLESH is structured around five purpose-designed spaces presenting specific bodies of work and discursive contexts: Signs; Embodiment; Manifesto; Horizon; and Word Made Flesh. This itinerary articulates two key trajectories in the artist’s work: the first charting the development of Yore’s textile practice, beginning with small, embroidered works through to large-scale appliquéd quilts, which variously draw on the traditions of classical Greek art, decorative Flemish and French tapestries, trashy pop-culture, gay porn, cartoons, psychedelia, narrative and history painting, as well as the decorative semantic excesses of rococo style. The second trajectory is represented in a new kaleidoscopic, architecturally-scaled installation, anarchically composed of improvised makeshift structures, mixed media sculpture and found objects, collage and assemblage, painting, video, sound and light. This immersive installation imagines a queer alternative reality, erected from the wasteland of the Anthropocene, performatively implicating itself into the debased spectacle of hyper-capitalist society.

Paul Yore by John Gollings.

Curated by Max Delany, Paul Yore: WORD MADE FLESH runs at ACCA from 23rd September until 20th October, 2022. 

Body words via ACCA

Images via @paul.yore and as credited. 


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