Urban Outlook

Artwork: Ron Lambert, Born in the USA 1988, oil on canvas, 60.5 x 111cm, Max Watters Collection.

Max Watters Collection

Opening 6pm Friday 1 September 2017

2 September to 22 December 2017

What characterises the urban environment? What does it look like, sound like, feel like? The gritty, hard edged industrial infrastructure; the systematic line-up of domestic dwellings; the interwoven network of roads and rails; the bustle of activity at its centre - it organises us, shapes us.

Drawn from the Max Watters Collection the exhibition speaks of our experience with the urban.

Included are paintings that depict the colourful domestic built environment - works by brothers Chris and Peter O’Doherty, so greatly influenced by their childhood experience of frequently moving house, alongside the interlocking dwellings of George Barker’s Glass House. Likewise with a stacked and layered composition, Born in the USA by Ron Lambert is evocative of urban sprawl – a densely packed patchwork landscape that looks as if to smother the ground on which in stands.

In Frank Littler’s Marrickville Town Hall, a dark and sinister centre of urban control is portrayed in a pair of works where menacing red cars boast their power while a shadowy figure in Mayoral robes lurks in the gloom.

Sculptural works illustrate the diversity of forms found in the urban environment. Works by Tony Coleing are representative of the forms found in public spaces, while in direct contrast Paul Counsel’s Tower Forms are reminiscent of those forms seen in the industrial landscape.

The works included in the exhibition are strong and confident, echoing the environment from which they were derived.  Immerse yourself in the urban, be afforded an Urban Outlook.

Artwork: Ron Lambert, Born in the USA 1988, oil on canvas, 60.5 x 111cm, Max Watters Collection.