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Spotlight on Street Art: Grand Lane Light Boxes

– by Stephanie Lyon

I have always been fascinated by street art, in the way it challenges the space and provokes public opinion. Two things other art forms sometimes struggle to do; displayed in galleries where art is both accepted and expected. Fortunately the City of Perth has a fresh new take on this contemporary art form.

Situated in Grand Lane accessible from the Murray Street Mall and Barrack Street, there are five light boxes which adorn the wall at the Wellington Street end. Every three months the artwork changes and another exhibition is unveiled. Currently on show is artwork from emerging Perth artists Jacqueline Ball, Tom Freeman, Nathan Brooker, Andrew and David Wood, and Oliver Hull.

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Jacqueline Ball uses a transparency film photographic print to explore her experience having her sleeping patterns analysed in ‘Sleep Clinic.’ Tom Freeman explores the Triangle in ‘Triangle Shapes’ where he utilises a range of materials to make three dimensional models. The bright colours ensure it won’t be missed by someone taking a shortcut through the alleyway; while the detail in the texture and shadows formed by the objects are well worth a closer look.

Nathan Brooker creates his own transitional environment and looks at how transitional objects accumulate around space in ‘Telstra.’ A digital print on acrylic sheet which will leave viewers confused and amazed as the image remains the focal point throughout the day. Until night falls and the fluorescent light behind the image becomes the focus; and the overlaying image visible only at the edges.

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Andrew and David Wood, “State Route 308”, 2014.

Andrew and David Wood’s ‘State Route 308’ is the highlight of the current exhibition. The brothers used a 308 rifle to shoot bullets into a rusty car bonnet to map out constellations seen from our own hemisphere. Blurring Australian symbols and creating an art piece which competes with the night sky after dark. While Oliver Hull’s ‘Scientists Even Taste Stones’ blurs reality and fiction as he utilises a real image of Mars and a long exposure photograph to imagine NASA scientists reacting to the landscape of Mars in real life.

I was mesmerised by the difference day and night had on my interpretations and reactions to the artworks. If you can’t make it twice, definitely prioritise visiting at night when the artworks are in full effect and Grand Lane is brought to life as a hub for the future of street art in the Perth CBD.

Check it out at:

Grand Lane, Perth CBD

Open 24/7

Until February 28

Photo credit: Thomas Rowe

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