Method 3 for Unproven but Believed to be True
Melbourne-based artist James McCready works predominantly with fire, using performance, video and sculpture. Find his latest exhibition at Alpha60 Chapter House, a lofty space with vaulted ceilings and stained-glass windows on Flinders Lane, from September 7 to 22.
The centrepiece is Method 3, a new video work featuring the flamethrower apparatus, which shoots blasts of LPG gas that burn at 1967 degrees Celsius. In the film you see a solitary figure standing in darkness. A flame then appears and slowly engulfs the scene, consumes the artist, and disappears.
The flamethrower is also used in Unproven But Believed to be True, a three-channel work where the artist performs strenuous physical tasks under elemental duress.
Also part of the exhibition will be photographic documents – giclee art prints – that are housed in argon (an inert blanket preventing oxidation), machined aluminium and glass. This preserves them exponentially.