FRONT GALLERY: IDA LAWRENCE (NSW) - FAILED RESTORATIONS
Opening - 5:30 PM - Wednesday, 7th July
Artist Talks - 6:00pm
Running - 8th July 2016 - 23rd July 2016
Full of confidence - and with the best of intentions - Ida Lawrence took to the streets (alone) with the aim of restoring the urban landscape to its former glory... but with very little knowledge of how that should look...
First attempted in Japan during a residency at Sapporo Tenjinyama Art Studio, Failed Restorations is a development of Ida Lawrence’s art practice which explores the relationships between imperfection and expression, failure and beauty, what these “look like”, and how they are defined within and by different contexts. Through fiction, subversion, and with a dash of humour, she creates alternative histories for, and new interpretations of, the ordinary and everyday. In Failed Restorations, Lawrence playfully re-writes (or re-paints, rather) the histories and futures of urban sites, cheekily questioning their functions and the intentions behind them. The artist dedicates the series to everyone who has ever had a brave and creative solution labelled a “DIY disaster”.