Christian Edwardes, the Fine Art Pathway Leader on the Preparation for Higher Education courses at The Arts University Bournemouth is currently exhibiting his work as part of the group exhibition ‘Drawing Lines in the Sand’ on Cockatoo Island in Sydney Harbour, presented by Peloton.
Six installation projects have been developed in various locations across the eastern apron of the island. The participating artists have engaged with various aspects of the site’s institutional heritage and topography, considering the island as a historic, tangible place and a symbolic space more broadly. The artworks reflect upon conditions of interiority and exteriority in a uniquely Australian context. This relates to a perspective that encompasses contradictory and conflicting extremes, a geographic imaginary particular to the Island Continent.
The exhibition, which runs from 19th February – 18th March 2012, examines the legacy of what Elizabeth McMahon describes as, ‘the Western colonialist tropism of island territories as condensed sites of acquisition, containment and control.’ Visitors can explore a Virtual Reality Simulator, take a walk through a forest of scaffolding, follow a journey descending into a saltmine, hear a ghost of the many machines that once were deafening within the island’s workshops, and perhaps get lost within a giant drawing.
The group exhibition, curated by Claire Taylor, features work by Julia Davis, Elizabeth Day, Christian Edwardes, Lisa Jones + Derek Allan, Geoff Kleem and Adam Norton. This project has been assisted by the NSW Government through Arts NSW.
Image: Christian Edwardes, from Travelling Landscape-Objects series, 2010-2011, Type C photograph, 50x70cm.