FABULOUS - Acts of Protest and Celebration
FABULOUS - Acts of Protest and Celebration is seven metre high expansive artwork at the entrance of the Powerhouse Museum, forming part of the year-long Absolutely Queer Exhibition. Located at the museum entry, this ambitious project serves as a preview for the exhibition, showcasing contemporary queer artists in Sydney.
The overarching narrative conveyed by FABULOUS is that of LGBTQI+ rights in Australia. It joyfully celebrates the hard-fought battle for Australian marriage equality, paying homage to the tireless efforts of advocates for equal rights. Moreover, it addresses the historical mistreatment of homosexuals during and after World War II, and reflects on the devastating impact of the AIDS epidemic.
One of the distinctive features of this artwork is its profound engagement with the museum's existing collection drawing inspiration from the works of renowned artists such as Peter Tully, Brenton Heath-Kerr, and David McDiarmid. Additionally, the artwork is influenced by global queer aesthetics, particularly the iconic styles of Keith Haring and the powerful visual language of protest and AIDS activism.
Standing seven metre wide and five metres tall, FABULOUS exudes vibrancy and life. Its vivid colors and intricate patterns draw inspiration from street and guerrilla art movements. By immersing visitors in this visually stimulating environment, the artwork invites them to go on a discovery experience as they engage with queer culture and history described on this massive artwork.
Through its grand scale, use of recycled materials, and vibrant aesthetic, the artwork engages viewers in a powerful exploration of queer history, activism, and the ongoing struggle for equality. As it serves as a focal point for the Absolutely Queer Exhibition, FABULOUS promises to leave a lasting impression on all who encounter it.
FABULOUS is showing at the Absolutely Queer Exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum from February to December 2023.
Creative Lead: Matthew Aberline
Collaborating Artist: Maurice Goldberg
Manufactured by: The Beautiful and Useful Studio
Commissioned by: The curatorial team at the Powerhouse Museum
Textiles made from recycled PET polyester. Manufactured using 100% renewable electricity (Solar). All polyester waste re-recycled onshore by Sealy.
FABULOUS is one of the few major scale art installations celebrating LGBTQI+ rights and will be available for national and international restaging opportunities from January 2024.
The Beautiful and Useful Studio
Unit 2 / 414 Botany Rd, Beaconsfield NSW 2015