David Lawrey & Jaki Middleton: Mind the Gap, Casula Powerhouse

Mind the Gap is one of Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre’s most ambitious projects inviting five contemporary artists to work with Casula’s local model train group. The artists and the model train club have collaborated to build artworks that model trains will travel through. Model train layouts usually aim to replicate in intricate detail natural landscape and architecture as realistically as possible. The artists taking part have each coincidentally proposed fantastical worlds that are far removed from traditional model train scenery including an internal landscape of the body, a speculative future Utopia, a Baroque inspired dreamscape, a ghost train and a love train. This project merges two disparate communities and their creative worlds. One of the very few parameters for this project is that a working model train will travel through the work, allowing artists and railfans to share ideas and skills with spectacular and innovative results. David Lawrey & Jaki Middleton feature alongside, Sarah crowEST, Emily Hunt, Owen Leong, Clare Thackway and Gregory Hodge.

This work involves the illusion of a ghost train weaving through a neglected Australian rural landscape. Contemplating the abandoned networks of train lines, stations and townships that crisscross country Australia, the work interrogates this notion of progress by creating a narrative that only moves forward via a repetition of the past.

image: David Lawrey & Jaki Middleton Time Trap  2014 timber, model train and track, polyurethane, felt, wire, glass, cardboard, LEDs, paint, paper, gatorboard, electronics

28 November – 25 January 2015 at Casula Powerhouse


David Lawrey & Jaki Middleton: Time & Vision, VAAus

Works by Gallery 9 artists David Lawrey and Jaki Middleton will feature in Time & Vision an exhibition and accompanying publication put on by VAAus (London) between 20 Oct and 11 Nov 2012.

A Private View opened by His Excellency Mr John Dauth AO LVO, High Commissioner for Australia will be hosted at Oxo Tower Wharf, Bargehouse Street, Southbank, London, SE1 9PH on Tue 23 Oct. Find out more about the Private View online.

The Time and Vision publication can also be purchased online.

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