Thanks so much to everyone who came down and participated in Art in the Park: Cross-pollinations. It turned out to be a great day, with much discussion and interaction with the artworks (and ideas) taking place on the grass while enjoying Elke’s delicious home-made beetroot cake. What’s more, it managed to not rain until well into the afternoon… Our thanks as well to everyone who helped out on the day, those lovely people who found us to say they got something out of it, Marrickville Council, and of course to the artists for all their amazing efforts.
We’ve created a new page for people to upload their photos here. Or take a look at our pictures on the Makeshift site.
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And good luck to Brendan Penzer, the next curator of the upcoming Art in the Park: The humble SPUD! You can get in touch with him here.
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Welcome to the newest outing for Art in the Park, Cross-pollinations, an exhibition that brings together works by local and far-flung artists in the hope of expanding critical dialogue around the nature and use of public space in the city.
The selected works are by turns poetic and subversive, and draw upon a variety of artistic media including urban detritus, organic matter, domestic artefacts, sound, and even the park’s own living weeds. All represent an intervention of sorts, into how we ordinarily move through and interact with the spaces around us, and into how we share our cities and their occasional patches of green.
Revisiting the site’s former role as a nursery and hothouse, the exhibition also seeks to propagate new perspectives on how our ‘natural’ environment is understood, shaped and contested. While only a handful of the works are site-specific, all are in some way responsive to this central concern.
We hope you enjoy engaging with these works and with the community that hosts them.
Tessa Rapaport & Karl Logge
James Gulliver Hancock
Stabilising the worry
Children’s BMX, wheels, aluminium tubing, steel rods
110 X 350 X 80cm
James Gulliver Hancock is a travelling artist originally from Sydney. His work is concerned with perception and subjectivity and continually contains elements of charm and whimsy. He draws from ideas based in psychology including analysis of hypochondria, obsession, hyper-awareness and altered views of the world. Stabilising the worry explores these themes, specifically hypochondria and worry, through the ghost of a child. His modified BMX is left as a symbol of human paranoia, with safety devices extending out ridiculously on either side. These themes of safety and its place in play and freedom are particularly relevant in the setting of Sydney’s hyper-safety-conscious public spaces.
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Tanam Untuk Kehidupan
Main main aja
Discarded paper and plastic packaging
TUK is a collective formed in 2006 in Salatiga, a small city at the foot of Mount Merbabu in Central Java, Indonesia. Made up largely of craftspeople without formal art educations, the group is the initiative of a new generation of young people frustrated by their restricted political voice and the lack of exhibition spaces, study opportunities, and employment prospects in creative industries. In Bahasa Indonesia, ‘Tanam Untuk Kehidupan’ translates literally as ‘Planting For Life’, and ‘tuk’ in Javanese means ‘water source’. TUK members have adapted a festival model to address local environmental issues such as the depletion and contamination of ancient springs, rubbish disposal and deforestation, and describe their practice as “art that sidesteps artists’ egos through a collective process of design and implementation”. The works shown here are from TUK’s Festival Mata Air, and were made in workshops with local communities, using discarded household materials.
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Brendan Penzer is a social ecological artist working in an expanded field of installation art practice. Sculpturthon is an installation event. Part endurance, part performance and expressly collaborative and communal in nature, this work will see 100 sculptures/installations made by 100 artists/community members exhibited on a single plinth over the 5 hour duration of Cross-Pollinations. Somewhat of an unofficial world record attempt, Brendan will start off proceedings with a sculpture at 11.00am and every 3 minutes thereafter a new sculpture will arrive and replace the exhibited piece. At 4.00pm, the close of the exhibition, 100 sculptures will have been exhibited on the one plinth over the course of the day.
Beetroots, earth, metal, timber
Award-winning Elke Wohlfahrt (German-born, lives in Sydney) makes paintings, sculptures, installations and video pieces about environmental topics like polystyrene cups and socio-political worries such as the silencing of nations, cities and suburbs. KulturExchange is about culture, memory, identity, disorientation and dislocation of migrants. 480 beetroots express migrants’ approaches to the issues of having a dual identity and being confronted with an inversion of their perceived normality. The work also explores how creating a new self-awareness can produce ambivalent feelings of either missing out on familiar things, or becoming familiar with new ones, depending on the migrant’s prevailing moods of optimism or pessimism.
Mixed media, found objects
Rebecca Pearson is a recent graduate from the National Art School in Sydney. She enjoys working with a wide variety of materials, often using found objects to create small sculptures that provide inspiration for her paintings. In this series of work, Inside, Outside, Rebecca creates small poetic worlds in which insects and animals are confined to fragile and slightly surreal environments. These miniature spaces echo the changing dimensions of our own tenuous environment, where things once taken for granted, like the common green, are becoming more precious. The use of glass objects in the sculptures causes us to see surface reflections of the outside world, even as we are observing these interior environments and the creatures that inhabit them.