August 22nd - September 2nd  2011

Julia Middleton

'(de) Compositions'


Julia Middleton, a recent graduate of Whitireia Polytechnic, explores the realm of abandoned technologies, offering up the dismantled structural remains of our precarious civilization.

Middleton takes inspiration from sources both empirical and cultural. Recent geophysical events in Christchurch, and worldwide, are referenced in the (de)structure of the pieces presented here. She hints at dereliction, of wreckage.

The pieces writhe and buckle. Metallic powders coat these artefacts suggesting ash or fallout, erosion and corrosion. The rings, like remnants of a long abandoned lunar mining colony, are contorted and aged, suggesting a kind of 'future past'. 'Con' is pure cultural criticism on a finger.

Middleton’s work is infused with a dark sense of humour and an uncanny newsworthiness.


"The works are crude yet exude a simple grace,
dual histories fused,
redundant technologies are given new life,
these are meditations,
artefacts of paradox,
anachronisms,
naive and techno-talismanic,
lights camera action."
Julia Middleton 2011
Julia Middleton

'Artefact 1'  brooch     NFS
Found Object, Resin, Iron Powder, Copper, Sterling Silver, Steel Pin
Dimensions: W 9cm, H 9cm, D 3.5cm
Description: Technological antiquities

Julia Middleton

'Artefact 2'  ring     $300
Silver, Enamel Paint, Iron Powder
Dimensions: w 4.5cm, H 2.5cm, D 2.5cm
Description: What's left of the con

Julia Middleton

'Artefact 3'  ring     $300
Sterling Silver, Enamel Paint, Iron Powder
Dimensions: W 4cm, H 2.2cm, D 2.4cm
Description: Worldly Fragments reinvented

Julia Middleton

'Artefact 4'  ring     $300
Sterling Silver, iron powder
Dimensions: W 1.3cm, H 3cm, D 1.5cm
Description: Lights camera action

Julia Middleton

'Artefact 5'  ring     $300
Sterling Silver, Iron Powder, Enamel Paint
Dimensions: W 5.4cm, H 2.1cm, D 2.4cm
Description: Tweaked erosion

Julia Middleton

'Artefact 6'  ring     $300
Enamel Paint, Iron Powder, Sterling Silver, Stainless steel powder
Dimensions: W 2.6cm, H 2.4cm, D 2.5cm
Description: Techno-talismanic

Julia Middleton

'Artefact 7'  ring     $300
Enamel Paint, Sterling Silver, Iron powder
Dimensions: W 3cm, H 2.6cm, D 1.5cm
Description: Leftover chunk

Julia Middleton

'Artefact 8'  ring     $300
Sterling Silver, Iron powder
Dimensions: W 7cm, H 2.6cm, D 3.8cm
Description: Lunar mining colony abandonment

Julia Middleton

'Artefact 9'  ring     $300
Sterling Silver, Stainless steel powder
Dimensions: W 2.6cm, H 2.7cm, D 1.8cm
Description: Comment ON wreckage

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