GREENWOOD GUARDIAN

ERIN COATES & JUSTIN SPIERS

Amplify your uncertainty; increase your awareness. Greenwood Guardian is a new multi-faceted exhibition of installation work containing video, photographic and sculptural elements by Perth-based artists Erin Coates and Justin Spiers.

Art Exhibition previously on at Guildford Lane Gallery (Closed) in Melbourne precinct, Victoria, Australia.
From Thursday 08 January 2009 to Sunday 18 January 2009
Launch Thursday 08 January 2009, 6pm - 9pm.

Watching You Under the Stars. image

Published by Guildford Lane Gallery on Monday 29 December 2008.
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Whilst issues of national security dominate world news, this fascinating exhibition entitled GREENWOOD GUARDIAN offers a new interpretation on neighbourly ‘watchfulness’. From 9 – 18 January 2008 first time collaborators, Erin Coates and Justin Spiers, will present a new body of work that questions the structuring of residential communities and their use of boundary markers and surveillance devices through an assemblage of video, photographic and sculptural components.

Both Perth-based artists have been well received amongst WA, national and international communities. After three years as Director of the Perth Centre for Photography Justin Spiers toured the very popular Pet Photo Booth Australia-wide with collaborator Yvonne Doherty, before it was included in the exhibition Pet Project at the Australian Centre for Photography in 2007. More recently, Spiers was invited to exhibit work in the Artrage Silver Anniversary Exhibition at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art (PICA) and will complete a residency at the Brisbane
Powerhouse in 2009. Among Erin Coates’ numerous accolades is the recent commission by the ABC and National Portrait Gallery of Australia to produce a video portrait for the My Favourite Australian project. Coates’ practice comprises video, print media, sculpture and installation works with a focus on investigating the way space is produced, occupied and visualised. Coates has recently completed a Studio Residency at PICA.

Greenwood Guardian questions our desire for a sense of safety and community identity through such devices as surveillance cameras and Australian flags in the residential context. It challenges the neutrality of these structures and symbols within the build environment by generating links to the military surveillance apparatus and past emblems of sovereignty and territory.

Location

Guildford Lane Gallery
20-24 Guildford Lane
Melbourne