1 February 2013

Artists enliven Northbridge shop windows

  • New Northbridge

A strip of vacant shopfronts along Beaufort Street in Northbridge are being given a colourful new lease on life, hosting temporary art installations by local and international artists.

The artists have taken over five shop windows on Beaufort Street between Aberdeen and Newcastle Street – part of MRA’s New Northbridge project area - in a splash of creative expression.

The project is a collaboration between the Central Institute of Technology’s Gallery Central and the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority and is another example of these two organisations working together to help to revitalise the Northbridge precinct.

The shopfronts feature works by artists Holly Story, Trevor Richards, Pamela Gaunt, Marit Klooster, Penny Coss, Penny Bovell, Theo Koning and Jurek Wybraniek. They will be on display through February and March.

Meanwhile, the Central Institute shopfront in the same block will be transformed into a free interactive video/photo/digital installation project from February 18 to March 2. The installation, entitled My Name Is Raj, is by Canadian/Indian Srinivas Krishna and is in Perth as part of the Perth International Arts Festival.

Shopfronts on Beaufort artists

February 18 - March 2

Srinivas Krishna
My Name is Raj
(Video, photo and digital installation with interactive elements)
Canadian Srinivas Krishna pays tribute to Indian Cinema icon Raj Kapoor in his acclaimed installation My Name is Raj. The installation features a series of images showing the face of exhibition visitors inserted in place of the face of the iconic Indian actor in stills from his popular films. The exhibition of photographs and film sets the scene for visitors to enter the wonder of the studio and gain insight into aspirations in the Indian consciousness of the 1950s.

From February 1

Holly Story
Greatly Reduced (Salvaged Banksia material, signwriting)
Holly’s concern is that native bushland is sacrificed for housing and industrial development as Perth spreads north. The ironically named Banksia Grove subdivision currently under construction north of Joondalup is one such example. Greatly Reduced draws attention to our disregard of environmental wealth in public policy. What price do we put on development, and what is its true cost?

Marit Kloostra
Yellow Banksia (Vinyl adhesive)
Another banksia inspired work, part of a series of minimalistic illustrations based on indigenous Australian flora. The works are influenced by the way Scandinavian designers used to represent flora on homewares in the ‘60s and ‘70s characterised by simple designs, minimalism and functionality. 

Penny Bovell and Penny Coss
Rise and Fall (Vinyl adhesive, object, fluorescent paint)
This collaboration is inspired by the glass windows of the shop.  The sky, buildings, vehicles and passers-by float across the glass panes. The vinyl images on the windows (actually photos from their paintings) mix up painterly space, perspectives and reflections.  

Pamela Gaunt
Scrim - An illuminated intervention (Vinyl and flatlight)
Gaunt’s interest in the ornamental in relation to aesthetics has seen her working in a range of mediums and processes. More recently, illumination takes the artist into new and challenging territory.

Trevor Richards
Salve (Welcome) (Vinyl)
Richards' work for the project is applied directly to the window using vinyl film. The design is derived from a floor tile pattern discovered at the New Norcia Hotel, formerly a Benedictine Hostel. 

Theo Koning
Rockets in my Garden
This work by Koning, stacking found objects and materials into spires, suggests a marriage of rockets and gardens; things shooting up out of the ground. Theo Koning is a sculptor and gardener.

Jurek Wybraniec
Disappear (Scene 1, Beaufort Street). 2012 (Adhesive vinyl text)
The windows of an abandoned shop fronts unearth snippets from an enigmatic story. The text originates from cinema subtitles for the hearing impaired.

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