An interest in the relationship between humans and their natural environment continues to interest Warren Viscoe.
Satellite Skies Don’t Tell Lies construes large sections of sea and sky as a backdrop to narrative and the natural processes of seasonal instinct.
The installation examines and determines, by illusion, the zones of the Studio Gallery. The room becomes a terrain with corners, walls, ceiling and floor transposing into trenches, water planes, sky - the vectors of a fragile cargo cult.
The ‘cargo cult’ notion - as defined in the Concise Oxford Dictionary - originated in the Pacific Islands. It is the belief that with the forthcoming arrival of ancestral spirits will come cargos of food and other important goods.
With Satellite Skies Don’t Tell Lies, Viscoe is implying a desire to find a channel through which an expression of ritualized thoughts and feelings can be made. The work could be construed to be a directive toward survival or salvation.
With the fake geography supplied in the exhibition space it makes one wonder why the space has been manipulated in such a way, what was the ‘creators’ intention? What are you supposed to do/think of in the space? What do the figurative, robotic elements mean?