Bruno BoothFeline good, HBU?: Trixie 2021. Cats: powder and clear coated paint on laser-cut aluminium; tracksuits: polyester fleece and ribbon, cotton ribbing and cotton thread, plastic and steel zips, 40.4 x 59.7 x 1 cm. State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia. Purchased through the John and Linda Bond Fund, Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation, 2021.
Artist Talk: Bruno Booth
Hear from WA artist Bruno Booth as he discusses his new series Feline good, HBU? which brings to light relationships between the cultural and the physical.
Facilitated by Isobel Wise, AGWA Associate Curator, Projects.
A family of 34 slinking, stretching, technicolour cats make themselves at home around the gallery.
An artist whose cross-media practice addresses the challenges and possibilities of negotiating the world from a wheelchair, Bruno Booth’s Feline good, HBU? brings to light relationships
between the cultural and the physical. As his cats sleep, prowl and peer from surprising locations, they function as guides who make us gently aware of how we orient our bodies and minds in relation to artworks and formal public spaces like galleries.
At times, they might suggest that the angle from which we see a painting or sculpture reveals or shuts down an understanding. At other times, they demonstrate that art is displayed according to conventions, like a “standard” hanging height that doesn’t offer optimal access to many people. Given they read and speak cat, these felines bring to light that many of us are put off by how words — like these — are used to describe art.