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Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery

Callum Morton 'View from a Bridge'

Where
8 Soudan Ln
Paddington NSW 2021
Australia
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery
When

Thursday 4 June from 10am to 6pm Friday 5 June from 10am to 6pm Saturday 6 June from 11am to 6pm Tuesday 9 June from 10am to 6pm Wednesday 10 June from 10am to 6pm Thursday 11 June from 10am to 6pm Friday 12 June from 10am to 6pm Saturday 13 June from 11am to 6pm Tuesday 16 June from 10am to 6pm Wednesday 17 June from 10am to 6pm Thursday 18 June from 10am to 6pm Friday 19 June from 10am to 6pm Saturday 20 June from 11am to 6pm Tuesday 23 June from 10am to 6pm Wednesday 24 June from 10am to 6pm Thursday 25 June from 10am to 6pm Friday 26 June from 10am to 6pm Saturday 27 June from 11am to 6pm Tuesday 30 June from 10am to 6pm Wednesday 1 July from 10am to 6pm Thursday 2 July from 10am to 6pm Friday 3 July from 10am to 6pm Saturday 4 July from 11am to 6pm

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.

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