Designing Out Crime research centre (UTS)
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In Temperance: Pop Up Gallery
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Ghosting was shown as part of street exhibition entitled ‘In Temperance: Pop Up Gallery’ which featured the work of visual artists, video artists, street artists, performers and architects. The aim of the exhibition, a project of the Designing Out Crime Research Centre at UTS, was to demonstrate how the street and particularly laneways or ‘dead zones’, such as Temperance Lane in the CBD, could be potential venues for showing art and bringing people together into areas of the city that are otherwise shunned. Ghosting is a continuation of my ongoing research into expanded painting whereby painting migrates off the wall to occupy installational space and then streets and lanes in the city. The work featured slumped Perspex resting on the large struts of an industrial air conditioner at the rear of a building that fronts onto George Street in the city. The Temperance Lane project is the first time that a ‘pop-up’ or temporary gallery has been set-up to reclaim an otherwise forgotten or dangerous street. The exhibition was important in that it demonstrated how art and design events of an ephemeral and short term nature can significantly transform dormant laneways into ongoing cultural sites. The laneway in question has been a regular site of art related events since the night of ‘In Temperance’. The project was supported by University of Technology, Sydney, NSW Department of Justice and Attorney General, City of Sydney Council, and the artist run initiatives: Institute of Contemporary Art Newtown, Peloton and MOP Projects.
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