A new exhibition brings together diverse views of our industrial world.
Topias II, the work of Sunshine artist Georgie Mattingley, takes in perspectives of the up-front face of industry and its closed doors, from across the west and beyond.
Mattingley uses a time-honoured medium of hand-tinting black and white photographs.
Her exhibition, at Sunshine Art Spaces Gallery until August 28, “brings together the spaces people yearn for and others that are avoided”.
It presents 12 “olden-day” style photographs captured in diverse settings including the Warrnambool hospital, the gardens at Container Space on Brooklyn’s Somerville Road, the Loy Yang power station in Gippsland and the Altona refinery – images taken over 18 months.
“I believe that our society has learned to distance itself from these spaces and processes as much as possible,” Mattingley said.
“The images document the flowers, the people and the work they do in each of these spaces … as a reminder of the beauty and humanity that still do exist in these spaces, despite their sterility.
“This exhibition is an attempt to bring some of these hidden spaces and difficult jobs back into the limelight,” she said.
“My works challenge this way of seeing, so that the uncomfortable or hidden moments within the hospital and industrial production are seen as something to value and remember.”
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