kyneton stockroom – 2015
free* (sculpture) 5mm mild steel and automotive paint 6 x 1.4m h
wordsmith – a skilled user of wordsMerriam-Webster Dictionary
Cusack’s artistic practice is primarily that of a drawer and painter; and typically he creates work that honours traditional principles but challenge perceptions of what an artwork can be. On this occasion, he has explored words found in everyday media and transformed them in their physical appearance and context.
The artworks shown in the ‘Wordsmith’ exhibition reflect his concern for the misleading use of highly evocative words commonly found in consumer based media. Misuse which continues to diminish and undermine their meaning and value.
Words selected from advertisements, newspapers and glossy magazines form the catalyst for the collection. The art has been meticulously refined using pre digital reprographic techniques to create a perfect template. Each piece is the realisation of a high-end crafted process produced in a variety of mediums – including charcoal, ink, paint, pvc, fabric and steel.
His intention is that the words used as artworks will be seen for what they truly are. Attention seeking hype.
A reflection of the spirit of Warhol as a media-savvy provocateurAppropriated and altered excerpt from; ‘Art & today’ by Eleanor Heartney
money sex & love (black) charcoal on handmade paper 570x750mm h
love sex & money (white) charcoal on handmade paper 570x750mm h
free* charcoal on handmade paper 570x750mm h
freedom charcoal on handmade paper 570x750mm h
refuge e (sculpture/installation) laser cut pvc acrylic 2.6x.4m h
profit & loss (sign writing installation) acrylic paint 6×1.6m h approx