Jack Riley


First Commission inspired by Michelangelo's David: represent the idea of human physical perfection.

Artist Statement

“Perfection is a paradox. One can only achieve a perfect or fulfilled state of being whilst in the pursuit of perfection.”

Jack proposes that human physical perfection is both implausible and achievable. Like in dance, it can be found in the visceral and raw struggle as one pursues the desire to be more than one’s self. So, to achieve perfection one must hold onto a duality between who they are and what they want to be.

Duplex is an expression of balance and paradox. It presents a male and female subject as they move through states of independence and physical connection. Their humanness purposely stripped back through a futuristic aesthetic, to allow ambiguity in the masculine and feminine qualities in their movements.


Jack Riley
Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance), 2016

Additional Credits

Nikki Tarling - Dancer 
Robert Downie - Musical Composition 
Andrew Treloar - Costume Design


3rd Jul 2019

 Further information

Type: First Commissions
School: Victorian College of the Arts