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7 June, 2022 - 18 June, 2022

A woman's, face looking down, a computer's motherboard superimposed on her face and in the background.

7 June – 18 June 2022

Tuesday – Friday 12pm to 6pm
Saturday 12pm to 4pm
Evenings: Tuesday & Friday 6pm – 8pm
admission: Free

..Sacellum: a small chapel within a church, or a sanctuary dedicated to a deity…

Chris Orr, Holy go spitely, colour emulsion flex, 50 x 60cm.

Chris Orr, Gethsemane 3, 2022, pigment inks and rag, 85 x 85cm.

Chris Orr, Miss information, 2022, pigment inks and rag, 100 x 100cm.

Chris Orr, Gethsemane, Binary 2022, pigment inks and rag, 85 x 140cm.

Sacellum: A small chapel within a church, or a sanctuary dedicated to a deity.

Sacellum by Chris Orr is an infected confection of the sacred and technology. A melancholic wink at consumerism and spirituality. A dialogue between a certain past and an uncertain future.

The artist reclaims engravings of Renaissance images and layers them with a mélange of modern detritus – from aluminium cans to discarded laptop motherboards – scanned at ultra-high resolution to reveal surprising new views and hidden landscapes.

Technology is as omnipotent and omnipresent as religion once was, controlling what we see and feel, for better or worse. In the past, priests and preachers were the exclusive producers of cultural propaganda, but today this role is subsumed by the ubiquity of our devices and our connection to the internet.

Sacellum is a contemplation of this control of our hearts and minds; a moving patternation of the contemporary and the classical. The portals of belief continue to look over us, providing a glimmer of hope for what lies ahead.

View the catalogue for this exhibition here.


7 June, 2022
18 June, 2022
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fortyfivedownstairs gallery
45 Flinders Lane
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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