Urban Fractures

5-502 King Street

This is an exhibition of artworks made in Hamburg, where the artist refined a critical vision of the modern city in relation to his experience as a recent migrant. He has made paintings of buildings which have a history of counter culture and change. These works poare intimately tied to time, community and place.

Art Exhibition previously on at 5-502 in Newtown precinct, New South Wales, Australia.
From Saturday 02 August 2008 to Tuesday 02 September 2008
Launch Saturday 02 August 2008, 4pm - 8pm

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Published by Ben Howe on Sunday 20 July 2008.
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Urban Fractures

5-502 Is a new art space on King street in Sydney’s Newtown, opening its doors periodically to provide a non profit platform for innovative contemporary art. By transforming this residential warehouse into a hybrid show room, we intend to open up the private space in the community instead of contributing to the escalating trend of societal segregation.
To celebrate the birthday of this space, we will be showing the urban paintings of Melbourne based artist Ben Howe, whose works form an allegory between the phenomenon of gentrification and the importance of increasingly marginalized cultural spaces.
Self organisation is one knot in the concept of this exhibition; a concept supported by and reflected in the establishment of 5-502 itself.
Howe created these works while living in Hamburg, where he refined a critical vision of the modern city in relation to his experience as a recent migrant. He has made paintings of buildings which have a history of counter culture and change:
“Their facades are crumbling, accumulating coats of history with layer upon layer of graffiti, dust and event posters in the face of new, antiseptic apartments, offices and shops.”
Exploring a number of techniques to reflect this sub

Location

5/502 King Street, Newtown, Sydney.