ART FOR THE PLANET 2: FIELD is the newest exhibition at Darling Quarter’s outdoor public art space OPEN.
Sydney-based artists Jane Gillings and Lucy Barker have created a thought-provoking multidisciplinary body of work that includes painting, drawing and mixed media sculpture, repurposing hundreds of different found and used objects.
The colourful installation comprises four large display cubes, with a total of 16 plywood faces (1.2m x 1.2m), which have been further divided into four squares each, giving a total of 64 squares, or ‘fields’.
Using materials including rubber thongs, metal zippers, old paint, coat hangers, plastic chair webbing and electronic device cables, the resulting artworks may be viewed by the audience in a number of ways – as agricultural fields, sporting fields, electrical fields or fields of stars, colour, sound or vision.
The use of these everyday items – which are typically discarded without thought or consideration as to where they go and how long they will exist – references the impact of our modern lifestyles on the environment and hopes to make the viewer consider their role in consumerism and overconsumption.
Jane Gillings has been a practicing artist for over 30 years, working with a variety of materials, most notably recycled and found objects. Painting, drawing, printmaking and traditional sculptural techniques also have an important place in her art making.
Lucy Barker is an artist and designer whose practice often focuses on the relationship between our digital and physical worlds, and the intersection of the two. Play and materiality are an important part of her process, as she involves the audience in non-traditional ways and spaces.
Simultaneously entertaining and confronting, ART FOR THE PLANET 2: FIELD makes us reflect on our choices – both the everyday and long ranging – and the consequences they have.
Running from Sunday, 30 September until Friday, 26 October, it’s open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and is free of charge.
ART FOR THE PLANET 2: FIELD is curated and produced by aMBUSH Gallery and presented by Darling Quarter.
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