18 August - 12 September
Opening night: 18 August, 6pm - 8pm
St Heliers Street Gallery
Earth and Industry explores the differing powers of geological planetary formation set against the colossal ambition of modern capitalist industry.
Made up of paintings that depict an old limestone quarry in Lilydale, on Wurundjeri Woiwurrung country, the works show site offices with barred windows and padlocked doors contrasted to free channelling patterns made by water moving across millennia, carbonised coral reefs and ancient ocean shorelines.
The paintings attempt to comprehend the visible infinite timescales against blink of an eye industrial timescales. Using layers of oil paint, polyvinyl acetate, sawdust, beeswax and sump oil, the works have been painted and hand carved over the past year, on found plywood boards, as the open limestone quarry pit itself has begun to be filled in.
Currently, the quarry is undergoing a six-year process of being refilled, one truckload at a time, to make way for the next wave of Industry that will take the form of a new suburb which is to be built on top of the old limestone layers of patterned earth.
Zoe Irving is a Naarm based painter, sculptor and musician. Her works explore local social and environmental interplays, with a particular aesthetic intrigue that aims to promote engagement with landscapes that have been altered or damaged through industrial pursuits.
St Heliers Street Gallery is wheelchair accessible.
Gendered toilets are available within the Convent Building.
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