Kensington Contemporary welcomes the fourth installment of works by academics from the UTS School of Design. In On Topographies, Head of School Professor Lawrence Wallen will exhibit a series of drawings inspired by islands.
On Topographies is a collection of works realised on paper in a concertina format using ink, graphite and tempera. Five works relate to the topography of Mount Subasio in Umbria, Italy, and three relate to the topography of 49 remote islands. The 23 individual drawings per book fold out to a drawing with a size of 299 cm x 21 cm.
The installation operates between the tension of the imagined landscape of the remote islands and the complex fractured landscape in the natural and built areas around Mount Subasio, on whose slopes lie the historic towns of Assisi and Spello. Through the drawings and their fragile representation, the possibility of comprehending the relationship between the material landscapes and the immaterial and invisible spiritual, psychological and intellectual landscapes created through the artist’s gaze open up.
Lawrence Wallen's practice manifests itself in the form of writing, drawings, moving images, scenography and photography. Lawrence exhibits internationally and over the past four years has had studio residencies in Greece, Berlin, Assisi and most recently as Bogliasco Fellow in Liguria, Italy. Lawrence's first monograph The model as performance will be published by Bloomsbury in late 2017 (co-authored with Thea Brejzek). It discusses the world making and epistemic function of the scale model in theatre and architecture.
Opening Reception: Thursday 13 July, 6-8pm