The semi-permanence and transient nature of our free urban art gallery echoes the free experience of those participants who travel the worn bike track as part of their daily commute.
We simply took what was an existing informal urban practice as well as an important element of the local architectural fabric intrinsic to Brunswick and placed emphasis on those travelling the path to take notice and browse its wares.
Themes explored in this gallery included a context very familiar in Brunswick with the act of public gifts and a modification of the ordinary. Right then and there at that time, the space has been claimed for the purpose of entertaining passersby, for no other purpose other than to enhance the locale visual.
When creating this particular occupation, we re-cycled found objects located near the site in dis-used areas of public space, i.e. along the train tracks. We questioned worth, value and the idea of exchange within this fleeting interaction that the user has within the space as they pedal through the graffiti riddled corridors.
This raises the issue of possession and territory amongst the users and regular occupiers of the space. Is there perhaps an unspoken understanding or informal authority on what is allowed and accepted as art within the public arena and such a busy thoroughfare. In essence our occupation asked the question ‘why not?’ and informalized the presentation and subjectivity of art, all packaged up in a brief experience for those trafficking through the space to enjoy a brief moment of positive questioning whist on the daily commute.
DAN KERRIS, PHILIP PILLE, MICHELLE MCDONELL, CHRIS HERMAN