Town and Country
Address: 52 Cambridge Street, Collingwood, Victoria, Australia
Date: 7 to 25 June, 2017
Time: 12 to 5pm, Weds to Suns
Call: 03 9486 0169
The young people have largely moved away, the nearest supermarkets, hardware stores and service providers, are now twenty kilometres or more over in the larger towns. This whole scale change in identity and purpose of these places in also replicated in the abandoned corner store, which reflects a change in attitudes to how people shop and the globalised impact of large corporations centralising their retail operations in enormous shopping malls and hyper stores. It is the tip of the iceberg of globalisation, free trade and the dramatic changes henceforth.
The resulting impact is a fragmenting of community and the upheaval of dramatic societal change. This leads to a mindset of envy and resentment, and is reflected in the growing attraction in regional areas, to populist political leaders.
Despite the beauty of some of my locations ,on closer inspection the creeks are polluted, there is obvious neglect, communities are closed and forgotten, and a timelessness and a strange silence pervades.
There is a poignant narrative to be found in these scenes. The abandoned shopfronts of my smaller paintings, are painted viscerally and with a solitary dignity. There are no people about and stillness is often symbolised with stark tones and long shadows. Some of these buildings are loose depictions of backstreet locations and the main streets of country towns.
These locations share a similar disinheritance. The modern world with it’s global economy, has created rural dispossession and has bypassed the former society of corner shops where people met and where there was the backbone of a close-knit community.
Exhibition runs: 7 - 25 June, 2017
Opening drinks: Sunday 11 June, 2 to 4pm.