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
Work by David Lawrey & Jaki Middleton is to be featured in I Spy, Windows and Doors in Art, an exhibition curated by Meryl Ryan and Stephen Goddard at the Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery.
23 Nov 2013 – 9 Feb 2014
First Street Booragul NSW 2284 (adjacent to Lake Macquarie High School)
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.
From the Museum of Art and Design, New York, Otherworldly, featuring works by Lawrey and Middleton is currently on exhibition MUba in Tourcoing (northern France). Click here to view the exhibition catalogue online.
Exhibition continues until 7 January 2013
2 Rue Paul Doumer 59200 Tourcoing, France
Stills Gallery Director, Bronwyn Rennex and curator, Josaphine Skinner’s latest exhibition Mostly Agree features, David Lawrey & Jaki Middleton’s Consolidated Life. The curatorial rationale is an outside-the-box critique of corporate life and the commonly accepted GFC-aftermarth norms therein. In the words of the curators:
“That humans are well programmed to be but small cogs in a big machine, is alluded to in David Lawrey & Jacki Middleton Consolidated Life, which uses the smoke and mirrors of old school optical illusion to create a seemingly endless corporate office, a scene which has reappeared in films throughout the last century. This infinite mundanity, a visual oxymoron, is interrupted only by the revolutions of a single, ghostly chair and an eerie interpretation of background ‘musak’ that implies impending doom.”
Stills Gallery, 36 Gosbell Street Paddington
Exhibition: 20 June to 21 July 2012
Artist Talk: Saturday 7 July 3pm