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Callum Morton's first show in Sydney in eight years, View from a Bridge, features three wall sculptures together with a suite of equally dramatic drawings of public figures. These monumental wall sculptures replicate the window frames on the facade of the Sirius Building, a significant piece of brutalist architecture located in The Rocks, Sydney. Adding to the enigma and theatrics of the sculptures, Morton has inserted a pulsating light into each wall work that changes colour to correspond to the audio track of the computerised voice of Siri.
The Sirius Building was designed in 1978 to provide a home for many of the original residents of The Rocks who, as part of the Rocks Resident Action Group, had fought to remain living in the area during the famous Green Bans movement of the 1960’s and 70’s. The building was a type of miracle, perhaps a beginning of affordable housing. More recently the building has been a site of a new contest in The Rocks. Ignoring its heritage listing and reputation as a significant piece of brutalist architecture, the NSW government have wanted to raze and replace it with a new luxury apartment complex. Morton addresses this in his series of three one-to-one Sirius windows that intone ends; the first presents Siri, the voice of the future, stuck in the past; next, the doomsday clock keeps looping back to its never ending beginning; and finally, the machine keeps trying to shut down over and over again.
Callum Morton is one of Australia’s leading contemporary artists, having exhibited nationally and internationally since 1990. Morton’s art explores the personal and social impact of architecture and our built environment. From early drawings of fires and explosions on housing commission flats, to bullet-holed screens, awnings and monuments that memorialise capitalism and outdated forms of modernity, Morton’s works present a melancholic urban archaeology. Morton is currently an Associate Dean (International and Engagement) and Director of Monash Art Projects at Monash University, Melbourne. He represented Australia at the 52nd Venice Biennale (2007) with the monumental outdoor sculpture, Valhalla - a scale model of his childhood home. Morton's works have been included in numerous biennales, museum exhibitions, and major commissions. His works are also held in every major state collection in Australia, as well as private collections, including the Lyon Housemuseum, Melbourne; TarraWarra Museum of Art, Victoria; Buxton Contemporary, Melbourne; and Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), Hobart.
Callum Morton has been represented by Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney since 1998. View from a Bridge will be his sixth exhibition with us.
Please note there will be no opening reception for this exhibition.