Roslyn Oxley9 presents View from a Bridge, 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, 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.
Morton is one of Australia’s leading contemporary artists, having exhibited nationally and internationally since 1990. His 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explosions on housing commission flats, to bullet-holed screens, awnings and monuments that memorialise capitalism and outdated forms of modernity, Morton’s works present a melancholic urban archaeology. He salvages fragments and alters them through camouflage, destruction, the overlaying of sound, and changes of scale, location and material. The highly ambivalent objects that result make us think about the relationship between art and life, history and the present, and look again at the ubiquitous structures we see but rarely notice.
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