Sam Cranstoun’s large-scale text-based sculpture comes to HOTA this spring. Utopia examines the idea of Australia as a modern paradise through the lens of our complex history of immigration.
Riffing on Ken Done’s iconic Expo ’88 ‘Australia’ sign, Cranstoun’s work presents playfully. It’s all optimistic colours and confidence, but below the surface is a more complex examination of Australian identity and mythmaking.
If there is a Utopia here, who is it for?
Credit: Sam Cranstoun, UTOPIA 2019
courtesy the artist and Milani Gallery, Brisbane.