Just suppose, Anna Pappas Gallery, Melbourne, Australia 2013
The Strange Life of Ivan Osokin (P. D. Ouspensky, 1915) follows the protagonist’s attempts to correct his mistakes when given a chance to relive his past. He discovers that human choices tend to be mechanical, and to change the outcome of one’s actions is extremely difficult. Are we doomed to repeat the same mistakes over and over? In the final chapter the realization of the nature of existence, and its consequences, alludes to Nietzche’s theory of eternal recurrence and is the platform for Just suppose….. Human endeavour built to fail? Inverted antlers, a bronze wedge, a mutant tree, an odd furry thing, a deer smothered in human hair, inexplicable excerpts from books, and strange black tubes spewing unidentified but darkly uncomfortable things, reflect on our implicated relationship with an increasingly frail environment.