This September 25th I’ll be opening my latest exhibition at free range gallery, titled “new perth“. I’ve had this body of work playing in my head for a few years now and am really excited to be able to have the time and space to explore it.
This large installation of paintings, drawing, wall works and sculptures documents a fictional artist led revolution through the streets of Perth, their occupation of architectural spaces and destruction of contemporary values. It’s all a riot of sex, ultra violence and mysticism that’s glorious propaganda for a ridiculous dream state.
The show draws on my many frustrations with Perth, with being a creative practitioner, with being cast adrift in a sea of apathy, filled with hope and fear and anger. The Jazz Cellar, free range, Gas Works and the lack of studio spaces all pressing on the arts community. All in the shadow of the greatest economic boom this state has ever seen.
There has always been a whine about Perth which I don’t want to add to. With the angelic glow of Melbourne and Sydney persistent on the horizon it’s often easier to make a your home elsewhere. Unless you feel that Perth is your home. The ground is unstable then, difficult to navigate, this body of work forges ahead with a plan. Foolish and bold and pig headed, as all desperate plans are.
I’ll be posting new previews of works leading up to the show as well sketches and studio photos.