Luke Temby (CUPCO) - Domestic Bliss
October 21st – November 12th
Opening Friday October 21st, 6-8pm
Taking SpongeBob Squarepants and an obsession with cleaning products as a starting point, ‘Domestic Bliss’ is a solo exhibition of new works by Sydneybased artist Luke Temby (CUPCO), curated by Sophia Cai, that explores dual ideas of domesticity and the unexpected joys of the mundane.
By using common household items, handcrafted techniques like sewing and embroidery, and coupling them with recognisable pop icons and cartoon characters, Temby’s exhibition critically yet playfully considers the commodification of the everyday, as well as exploring gendered divisions of domestic labour and the image of a stereotypical housewife.
About the artist
Luke Temby (aka CUPCO) is a Sydney-based artist known for his signature brand of pop-inspired art that at once celebrates and satirises the ludicrous nature of modern society. Temby is heavily influenced by Japanese culture and aesthetics, having lived and worked there for many years. Using handcrafted techniques such as sewing and embroidery, Temby’s work contrast a ‘cute’ aesthetic with edgy, controversial and transgressive content.
About the curator
Sophia Cai is an emerging curator, writer and art historian with a particular interest in contemporary Asian art as well as craft-based practices. She completed a Masters in History of Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London and has been living in Melbourne since 2014.