Paul Yore: WORD MADE FLESH presented at Carriageworks, Sydney

5 Jan–26 Feb 2023

Carriageworks, Sydney

Paul Yore: WORD MADE FLESH is a new architecturally-scaled installation, anarchically composed of improvised makeshift structures, mixed media sculpture and found objects, collage and assemblage, painting, video, and pulsating sound and light. Conceived as a cacophonous, kaleidoscopic ‘gesamtkunstwerk’, WORD MADE FLESH imagines a queer alternative reality, erected from the wasteland of the Anthropocene, performatively implicating itself into the debased spectacle of hyper-capitalist society.

Paul Yore is one of Australia’s most thought provoking and consequential multidisciplinary artists. Born in Naarm/Melbourne in 1987, he lives and works on Gunaikurnai Country in Gippsland, Victoria, and completed his studies in painting, archaeology and anthropology at Monash University in 2010. Yore’s work engages with the histories of religious art and ritual, queer identity, pop-culture and neo-liberal capitalism, recasting a vast array of found images, materials and texts into sexually and politically loaded tableaux and assemblages which celebrate hybrid and fluid identities, unstable and contradictory meanings, and the glowing horizon of queer worldmaking.

A major monographic book is forthcoming, published by Art Ink in association with the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art. With over 400 pages of images and newly commissioned writing, the publication features texts and essays by leading Australian and international artists, scholars and commentators including Tony Albert, hanna baer, Mikala Dwyer, Daniel Fountain, Helen Hughes, Bruce LaBruce, and an extended interview with Paul Yore by Max Delany.

Curated by Max Delany, in collaboration with Devon Ackermann and Paul Yore.

This work was commissioned by the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, with support from Carriageworks, Sydney, and was first shown as part of ACCA’s major survey exhibition Paul Yore: WORD MADE FLESH in 2022.


Paul Yore