Locale

Angela Grimsdale, Lark, Gillian Kayrooz, Glenn Locklee, Melissa Hamlyn. Curated by Pearl de Waal and Kimberley Peel.
EXHIBITION  RUNS
   
April
   
26
 -  
May
   
7
'Locale' is a group exhibition of Sydney-based artists who have directly observed and documented aspects of their residential local area. 

INFORMATION

Locale includes works by Sydney-based artists Lark, Angela Grimsdale, Gillian Kayrooz, Glenn Locklee and Melissa Hamlyn.

 

Each of the artists have directly observed and documented aspects of their residential local area. They created work in response to the contested narratives about Western, South-Western and Inner-City suburbs of Sydney including, Aboriginal dispossession, industrialisation, environmental pollution, youth consumer culture and daily experiences of moving around the city.

 

Lark’s installation ‘Lost and Found’ explores the stories and changing face of Sydney. Lark explores presently or soon-to-be demolished housing and community buildings that are soon to disappear and unlikely to be replaced with new complexes. ‘Lost and Found’ places bricks from the recently demolished Pemulwuy Aboriginal housing company at ‘The Block’ in Redfern with a video and photographic documentation of the demolition.

 

Angela Grimsdale has been documenting the biannual council-clean up in Ashfield and Rozelle. She states melancholically “most disposals eventually commute to landfill”. Her photographs illustrate an aesthetic and poetic quality to “the discarded objects that are arranged randomly into ad hoc sculptural installations” by the residents from her neighbourhood.

 

Gillian Kayrooz’s analysis of Western Sydney youth subcultures persuaded her to create Project $portboot is Not For Sale. This video installation reminds us of the 1960s shop windows with televisions. Whilst these tvs operated 24/7 to compel customers in purchasing, it also advertised the products and pop-cultural narratives. Kayrooz’s installation includes a small tv playing continuously a video demonstrating “an abstract iconography of objects, actions and interactions”.

 

Glen Locklee has examined the environmental changes and re-developments that have taken place over the years in suburban Sydney. "As house and land ownership has become increasingly unattainable, governments and developers have quickly claimed the expanses of newly available land to profit on the burgeoning population growth seeking affordable living". 

As a painter, he uses aluminum as a canvas; ironically a common building material. His work depicts "the sparse geometric construction and layers of tertiary colours playing off against the expressionist rendering of surface and portrayal of light".

 

Melissa Hamlyn recently relocated from Melbourne to Sydney to continue her artistic studies. Through her observations of her changed environment has led to a new conceptual focus of residence in her work. In ‘POEM, BRUT’, Hamlyn’s fabric and printed text installations represent her movements and sightings from her daily commutes. The bright patterns in her work reference Sydney’s city skyline and bus seat motifs.

 

Comparable to an imprint of the changeable topography, the artists exhibiting in Locale are evocative peripheral images and/or installations that conjure up subliminal memories and reflection of these local sites.

Locale includes works by Sydney-based artists Lark, Angela Grimsdale, Gillian Kayrooz, Glenn Locklee and Melissa Hamlyn.

 

Each of the artists have directly observed and documented aspects of their residential local area. They created work in response to the contested narratives about Western, South-Western and Inner-City suburbs of Sydney including, Aboriginal dispossession, industrialisation, environmental pollution, youth consumer culture and daily experiences of moving around the city.

 

Lark’s installation ‘Lost and Found’ explores the stories and changing face of Sydney. Lark explores presently or soon-to-be demolished housing and community buildings that are soon to disappear and unlikely to be replaced with new complexes. ‘Lost and Found’ places bricks from the recently demolished Pemulwuy Aboriginal housing company at ‘The Block’ in Redfern with a video and photographic documentation of the demolition.

 

Angela Grimsdale has been documenting the biannual council-clean up in Ashfield and Rozelle. She states melancholically “most disposals eventually commute to landfill”. Her photographs illustrate an aesthetic and poetic quality to “the discarded objects that are arranged randomly into ad hoc sculptural installations” by the residents from her neighbourhood.

 

Gillian Kayrooz’s analysis of Western Sydney youth subcultures persuaded her to create Project $portboot is Not For Sale. This video installation reminds us of the 1960s shop windows with televisions. Whilst these tvs operated 24/7 to compel customers in purchasing, it also advertised the products and pop-cultural narratives. Kayrooz’s installation includes a small tv playing continuously a video demonstrating “an abstract iconography of objects, actions and interactions”.

 

Glen Locklee has examined the environmental changes and re-developments that have taken place over the years in suburban Sydney. "As house and land ownership has become increasingly unattainable, governments and developers have quickly claimed the expanses of newly available land to profit on the burgeoning population growth seeking affordable living". 

As a painter, he uses aluminum as a canvas; ironically a common building material. His work depicts "the sparse geometric construction and layers of tertiary colours playing off against the expressionist rendering of surface and portrayal of light".

 

Melissa Hamlyn recently relocated from Melbourne to Sydney to continue her artistic studies. Through her observations of her changed environment has led to a new conceptual focus of residence in her work. In ‘POEM, BRUT’, Hamlyn’s fabric and printed text installations represent her movements and sightings from her daily commutes. The bright patterns in her work reference Sydney’s city skyline and bus seat motifs.

 

Comparable to an imprint of the changeable topography, the artists exhibiting in Locale are evocative peripheral images and/or installations that conjure up subliminal memories and reflection of these local sites.

FEATURED  WORKS

Angela Grimsdale

Melissa Hamlyn

Gillian Kayrooz

Glenn Locklee

Lark

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