Will & Garrett Huxley: Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams
City Square, Federation Square and Scott Alley, 2019
Inspired to create a glamourous, surreal escape from everyday life, the Huxleys' static fashion parade brings together a colourful collection of their abstract, impractical costumes. Their work hopes to bring a sense of freedom, a sense of humour and a severe sense of style to the sidewalk.
Celebrating anonymity and subverting notions of identity, the Huxleys' works break the binaries concerned with gender, body and race, allowing a sense of mystery and outré visual stimulation. Paying homage to glam rock, Oskar Schlemmer and the late, great Melbourne icon Leigh Bowery, this work is the Huxleys' sequin-clad family portrait.
The Metro Tunnel Creative Program presented Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams on its construction hoardings at City Square and Scott Alley. The Huxleys brought the artworks to life with a pop-up runway and performance during Melbourne Fashion Week 2019.
About the artists
The Huxleys are a colourful cataclysm of camp theatrics. A visual assault of sparkle, surrealism and silliness. Working across performance art, costume, moving and still imagery, they saturate their work with a glamorous, androgynous freedom which aims to bring some escapism and magic to everyday life.
They have exhibited artwork in installations, fashion shows, performances, exhibitions and festivals across the world including in Tokyo, London, Berlin, New York, Hong Kong and around Australia.
They have been featured in Vogue Living, Vice Magazine, Oyster Magazine, The Age, Art Collector Magazine and part of a documentary series for ABC TV.
The duo has collaborated on various art and performance concepts for Melbourne Festival, Dark Mofo, Melbourne Fashion Week, NGV, Arts House, Sydney Contemporary, Art Gallery of NSW, Melbourne Art Fair, Meredith Music Festival, Hong Kong Design Week, Heidi Museum of Modern Art, QGOMA, Art Bank, AGSA & AGWA.
The Huxleys' artwork for the Metro Tunnel Creative Program was a finalist in the 2019 Premier’s Design Awards.