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The iconic display of a head\, severe d and mounted on a stick\, is ubiquitous as a representati on of ominous primordial savagery. Cliché in its reference s to cannibalistic ritual\, human sacrifice or cautionary symbolism\, its general structure also contains rich conno tations to formal art- a 3-dimensional image-object\, lade n with material and conceptual possibility.

For the purposes of this project\, curators Paul Nudd and Scott Wolniak hav e adopted the concept of Heads on Poles as an open guideli ne to direct broad responses from a large group of artists. Over four dozen artists\, ranging widely in discipline and style\, were invited to produce sculptures loosely based on the formula of Head On Pole\, in any material. These totem-objects wil l be simply placed\, as casually clustered bodies\, throug hout the main gallery space of Western Exhibitions.

Additional artists have been asked to respond to the same theme with graphic works for a concurrent print project.

Through collective effort and the idea that creative freedom can occur within structural uniformity\, Nudd and Wolniak hope to ac hieve a complex and immersive spectacle. Diverse interpret ations are anticipated\, with possible outcomes such as co nceptual objects\, portraiture\, obscenity\, abstraction\, political gestures\, humor and horror. With no attempt on the part of the curators to control submissions after the initial call for participation\, the final group of works will be a surprise for all.

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