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22.3.14

BIENNALE OF SYDNEY



I know...two art exhibition posts in a row, but I can't possibly wait to share yesterday's life-enhancing discoveries. 

Friends and I took the ferry to Cockatoo Island to view day one of the Sydney Biennale art exhibition. It was my first time on the island and I was blown away by the industrial brutalism and post-apocalyptic tranquility of this one-time penal colony, shipbuilders yard and 1800s reform school. The place seems frozen in time, complete with abandoned colonial houses, vintage washing lines and rusted cranes. These relics are juxtaposed with elements of clean modern landscaping, a serviced glampground, and breath-taking views of the city, making it an amazing, other-worldly place to relax. YOU HAVE TO GO THERE.


The old warehouse buildings provided emotive gallery space for the Biennale's often sizeable sculpture and performance installations.



The most exhilarating work was the Icelandic waterfall projection, by Eva Koch, placed at the far end of the enormous turbine hall. Approaching it across the vast space, as the roaring soundtrack builds, is truly invigorating.







Pop-Up dumpling eatery, with recycled crates and hessian sacking cushions for seats:







I also loved large-scale piece 'The Village' by Randi Jørgensen and Katrine MalinovskyThe idealised Danish village comprises a series of seemingly charming homes, however, they lie empty, as the village's inhabitants are the anthropomorphised buildings themselves. The colour and finish were beautiful.


























The 19th Biennale of Sydney, 21 March - 9 June 2014.
Showing at Artspace in Woolloomooloo, Cockatoo Island, CarriageworksMuseum of Contemporary ArtArt Gallery of NSW and various other public spaces around the city.