There are two very different artworks I have been enjoying on my way to work each day lately, one is Jonathon Jones’ installation in the window space facing out onto Broadway (quite appropriately, at the Jones Street end of the UTS Tower Foyer).
It was a part of the ‘Change Has Come’ exhibition of digital and electronic media in the Tower Foyer space, curated by Nicole Foreshew, in partnership with the UTS Gallery. If you didn’t get a chance to see this exhibition, sadly it is over, however we will be able to view the Jones work on the outside of the building for a while longer.
It is a simple construction: rows of fluorescent tubes form a zigzag chevron pattern behind a floor-to-ceiling blue tarpaulin. An iteration of a larger and more immersive installation by Jones in 2008, the pattern and materials evoke both the artist’s indigenous heritage and Western minimalism.
Across Broadway, the second installation of the Central Park Artists in Residence program has made an appearance: Mikala Dwyer’s ‘Windwatcher’, a huge windsock attached to the top of the heritage-listed chimney on the old brewery site.
The funky pattern and slightly flaccid tail end of the sock have the playful immediacy we would expect from one of Mikala’s works, belying what must have been a feat of engineering to successfully construct and install a sock that must be at least 10 metres long.
Those who made the trek out to Cockatoo Island for last year’s Biennale of Sydney would have seen the results of Mikala’s 2010 residency project out there, but now that I am lucky enough to catch sight of Windwatcher every day I am at work, it never fails to make me smile!