The Work is not the Work

3 February - 6 March 2022

The Work is not the Work is an experimental exhibition featuring six exquisitely formed ceramic vessels. The exhibition is part of Moseley’s research that tests the limits of what an artwork can be. These works pose the question as to whether an artist can claim someone else’s consciousness as their own artwork.

In a conceptual twist, Moseley is claiming the consciousness of leading social media and technological moguls, such as Mark Zucherberg and Elon Musk as his artwork. Their respective consciousnesses are represented by the vessels in the gallery. The vessels themselves are not considered by the artist to be the work at all.

The exterior of the vessels is covered in wafer thin overlapping petals of clay that demonstrate a new technique pioneered by Moseley in this body of work.

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IMAGE > [Top] Ellis Moseley, Super Duper Flying Fun Show [detail], 2020. Image courtesy of the artist. Photograph Michael Haines.
IMAGE >  Ellis Moseley, the vessel (1 of 3) accompanying the work The Consciousness of Sergey and Larry, 2021, terracotta and buff raku trachyte blend, mid fire quartz and turquoise stain, 60 x 20 x 20 cm. 
Image courtesy of the artist. Photograph: Wil Nolan

IMAGE > Ellis Moseley, Super Duper Flying Fun Show [detail], 2020. Image courtesy of the artist.

Ellis Moseley is an Adelaide-based artist, who practice encompasses installation and ceramics. His work often seeks to draw attention to social concerns through symbolic and conceptual gestures that encourage a deeper consideration of our own attitudes and behaviour.

The question as to whether it is possible to make the consciousness of another individual my art, emerged initially as a creative thought experiment and then through further research and consultation became an ever more viable proposition for creative expression.”

Ellis Moseley, 2021

IMAGE > Ellis Moseley, Super Duper Flying Fun Show [detail], 2020. Image courtesy of the artist.

Moseley holds a BA from Flinders University, South Australia and is currently undertaking a Master of Fine Art also at Flinders University.

As a recipient of the Linden New Art Award at the Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition in 2020, Moseley has been awarded the opportunity to show his work in the Linden Projects Space for his first solo exhibition in Melbourne.


Please note > we apologise for any inconvenience, the Linden Projects Space is not wheelchair accessible.

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IMAGE > Ellis Moseley at George Street Studios
, 2021.
Image courtesy of the artist. Photograph Anna Fenech

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