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The Art of Demolition

BY Lee-Ann Joy | 04-Mar-2019
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to step inside an artist’s mind to witness the creative result of transforming the insides of a building into a series of site-specific sculptures and art installations? @BallaratFoto #BallaratFoto
The Art of Demolition
You can, with Robbie Rowlands latest exhibition called INCREMENTAL LOSS that is a result of a three-month artist in residence program, commissioned by Ballarat’s International Foto Biennale.

Wielding a set of saws, Rowlands has unfolded and reworked the inside of Ballarat's 1863 Union Bank, by the process of cutting and morphing structure and fixtures into sculptural artworks, before the interior is redesigned to host the new National Centre for Photography.

“A majority of these materials are in a state of retirement so, in that state, they have this capacity to have a freedom to be reimagined.”

The freedom is evident as you make your way through the two-storey heritage building and enter rooms and passages, allowing you to engage with moments of surprise and delight as you witness slashed walls, reinvented cabinetry and twisted up floors and ceilings, in other words, Rowlands creative imagination at first hand.

INCREMENTAL LOSS is a rare opportunity to visit Rowland’s re-imagined work in the flesh before they become a series of photographs. The parallel between sculpture and photography is paramount in that the temporary artworks will only remain as a photographic record to be exhibited later in August at the Ballarat International Foto Biennale.

‘My photographic work is how people experience my sculptures. At the end of the day when the building is gone or transitioned, photographs are all that is left.’

INCREMENTAL LOSS is open to the public at the new National Centre for Photography, 4 Lydiard Street South, Ballarat until March 10 and is open Wednesday to Sunday 10 - 4 pm, free entry.