Tom Buckland + Kon Kudo
Photo credit: Jordan Evans-Tse
Image courtesy of the artists
Tom Buckland is a Canberra based artist. Born and raised in Central Western NSW, Buckland studied fine arts through TAFE Western before moving to Canberra and graduating from the Australian National University School of Art with honours in 2015. With a strong focus on making and materiality, Buckland’s work plays upon audience interaction using installation and sculpture to transport the audience into other worlds that darkly mirror our own reality, questioning contemporary human relationships with technology, animals and the environment. Tom has exhibited work widely across Australia.
Kon Kudo is a Canberra based Artist and circus performer, who is intrigued with many mediums of art and performance. His fascination in having an element of interaction with his audience or his models, usually ends up with a quirky series that tackles his conceptual ideas with humour.
After graduating art school with a major in Photography his artistic style took a turn to focus on installation, commonly using kinetic and interactive elements in his work to encourage the audience to participate with his ideas.
Destructamatic is an auto-destructing/constructing sculptural performance. It is the ultimate homemade gadget, a towering contraption composed of plywood, discarded exercise equipment, found junk, dismembered bicycles and one small pot of canned soup. In a once in a lifetime event, this ephemeral and unpredictable sculpture will come to life, clash, clink, burn and ultimately self-destruct before an audience. At the conclusion, viewers are warmly encouraged to step forward and take a fragment as souvenir.
Destructamatic is a tribute to the work of Swiss sculptor Jean Tinguley, a master of kinetic sculpture and the pioneer of auto-destructive performance sculpture.