- New Perth by Campbell Whyte
Campbell Whyte, recipient of the 2010 recipient of the Department of Culture and the Arts, Young People and the Arts Fellowship, tracks a path of civil unrest in his latest exhibition of works.
New Perth witnesses Whyte presents a large installation of paintings documenting a fictional, artist-led revolution through the streets of Perth, exploring the occupation of architectural spaces and destruction of contemporary values.
Recently spending time as an artist in residence in Mexico, Whyte was dismayed to hear of the closing and destruction of various cultural spaces and landmarks in Perth. Upon returning to the city, he found a profound sense of dislocation to the space and the prevailing community values of consumption and expansion. It is this dislocation that forms the basis of the exhibition’s themes.
Says Whyte: “Seeing people in Mexico fight for their right to cultural expression, with tooth and nail was inspiring. When people are backed against the wall, when they are tussling for the last thing that can hold as their own, they are so powerful. In Perth, we are lazy, comfortable and apathetic. In Perth, if something is too hard, we move to Melbourne. We can’t grow with this attitude.”
This exhibition sees the artist extend outside of his traditional painting practice to include wall works, drawings, prints and sculpture.
Dates: Saturday, September 25 – Sunday, October 24. Wed – Sun, 12pm – 4pm.
Opening night: Saturday, September 25, 6pm. Refreshments will be provided.
Address: Free Range Gallery, 339 Wellington St, Perth