Australia is a funny place. We laugh at the commercialism of the US but spend ourselves silly on credit. We welcome people from all nations, yet shun our own ancestors. Or, as the recent Australian film Samson & Delilah showed, we pay exorbitant amounts of money for Aboriginal art, with most of the funding going to the gallery owners and only a pittance to the actual artist, who often lives in squalor.
Welcome to Franck Gohier‘s world, currently on display at Ray Hughes Gallery in Sydney. Gohier uses his acerbic wit to comment on themes such as the Northern Territory invasion (ahem, intervention), the credit crisis, and global warming. This wit, combined with the pop-art aesthetic, sends a powerful message about where our country is headed. The bullet holes aren’t so subtle.