The last few years have been kind to Brook Andrew. Although the Melbourne-based artist of the Wiradjuri nation has been exhibiting to critical success since finishing his degree in visual arts in 1993, it seems people have seriously begun to stand up and pay attention. Twenty twelve will see him branching out once more to exhibit as part of CarrigeWorks’ Sydney Festival events.
Travelling Colony represents a major new work by Andrew, whose interdisciplinary arts practice travels internationally. For two decades this celebrated artist has worked to create interventions into history through installation and interactive monuments, playfully seducing audiences into new ways of seeing compelling issues of race, consumerism and history. Travelling Colony is an exploration and an expansion of this practice, featuring a cavalcade of dazzling hand painted caravans in the huge industrial foyer of CarriageWorks, inspired by circus and pop culture. Contained inside each of the caravans are stories of Redfern, its personalities, struggles and community. In addition to the caravans, archival footage, reflections and projections, and storytelling will allow visitors to be inspired by the rich and still untapped histories of Redfern. Andrew will also appear in conversation with Caroline Baum on Sat Jan 14th from 12.30 in the Spiegeltent.
Jan 8-Mar 4, CarriageWorks foyer, 245 Wilson St, Eveleigh, 8571 9099, carriageworks.com.au