‘Things fall apart’ is a fragment of a poem by the Irish early-modernist poet, WB Yeats. Rendered in neon, the text becomes a sign, a reminder of our inherent fragility, and the temporal nature of the existence of all things.
Accompanying this text work are two ‘drawings’, made almost 20 years apart and identical, except for the obvious effect of time on the older version. The works are made onto posters, released as a limited edition inserted in a book, by the Cuban/American artist Felix Gonzales-Torres. The posters feature a black and white image of two birds in flight against a grey sky. An intervention onto them was made by stitching metallic thread through the paper – a series of expanding circles that evoke ripples, soundwaves, or targets.
In these works, recurrences, change, and impermanence are represented.
The works were commissioned by Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA) for the exhibition 20:20.

Luke Parker
Sydenham International, 81 Sydenham Rd, Marrickville
30 June - 16 July 2022

installation shot
Sydenham International, 2022