Ken & Julia Yonetani: The Last Supper
22 Mar 2014 - 18 May 2014
An installation which recreated The Last Supper dining table sculpted entirely from salt.
Commissioned by Hazelhurst and developed during a four month residency at the Gallery, the installation recreated the Last Supper dining table as a 9 meter long banquet sculpted entirely from salt. Following their prominent 2011 work Still Life: the food bowl, The Last Supper addressed concerns arising from increasing salinity levels and environmental toxins, and the impact this has on food production and food safety.
"Here salt is a metaphor for the death of the land, sacrificed in the production and consumption of what has become The Last Supper", said the artists.
The husband and wife team are known for their use of unusual materials such as salt, sugar and even uranium glass. Their recent body of work, titled Crystal Palace: The Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nuclear Nations, featured 31 chandeliers constructed from uranium glass beads and antique chandelier frames. They were a key attraction at the Singapore Biennale. The Australian artists produced this work in response to the Fukushima Nuclear reactor disaster of 2011.
Both born in Tokyo Japan, Ken and Julia have been collaborating on projects since 2009 and have exhibited nationally and internationally, including the Singapore Biennale in 2013, the Venice Biennale in 2009, and in the United Kingdom, Finland and Germany in 2011-2012.
The Last Supper toured to regional venues in 2014 in partnership with Museums and Galleries New South Wales.
Image: Ken & Julia Yonetani, Still Life: the food bowl (detail), 2011, courtesy of artists, Artereal gallery and GV Art.