Australian multi-disciplinary artist Phibs curated a fascinating exhibition that explored the notion of taking artworks normally created in open and public spaces and transposed them into the controlled confines of a gallery.
Metro Luminescence was a group show that brought together thirteen artists with strong connections to the street – they were graffiti writers, muralists, fine artists, photographers, and sculptors who work in daylight or moonlight, in ever-changing and often unpredictable conditions. The show handed them constraints and set them the challenge to be active and reactive to a new environment.
In a rare opportunity to witness an exhibition in the making, visitors were encouraged to come along during the bump-in week, from Tuesday 7 June to Friday 10 June to watch the artists live-painting from 12pm-8pm daily.
Colour and the use of lighting will feature strongly in the exhibition, with gallery spaces lit in different ways to represent ‘day’ and ‘night’ scenarios and reflect the artists’ typical working conditions. As well as large-scale works on canvas, there will be a salon wall and freestanding installations, with artefacts, small works, sketches and experiments submitted by each artist.
Curated by Phibs, produced by aMBUSH Gallery, and presented with Central Park Mall, this group show featured work from Andrew Jumbo, Chris McGeown, George Rose, GT Sewell, Lucy Lucy, Nico, Nicole Reed, p1xels, Peque, Phibs, Pudl, Snarl and Stabs.
Opening night for Metro Luminescence was on Saturday 11 June from 6-9pm, after which the exhibition was open daily 12pm-8pm from Sunday 12 June to Sunday 10 July. Admission free. **Photo artwork by Chris McGeown
Andrew Jumbo, Chris McGeown, George Rose, GT Sewell, Lucy Lucy, Nico, Nicole Reed, p1xels, Peque, Phibs, Pudl, Snarl, Stabs