A house and land package like no other
For the month of June a new home will adorn the Noosa landscape - a home unlike any other seen before. It's not a home to be lived in, but rather an 'installation' art exhibition taking place at the Noosa Regional Gallery in Gallery 3 from 30 May - 29 June by local artist Luke Wright.
The installation is titled 10% of reality and explores the concept of the contemporary "house and land package" - something Luke says he has found himself questioning and contemplating.
"The installation I'm constructing inside the Noosa Regional Gallery reflects my ideas about this contemporary housing ideal, "he says.
"The house and land package is something I've grown up with - like many other Gen X-ers and Gen Y-ers," says Luke. "It's presented to us as goal for which to strive, a measure of success - a 'Get your slice of the pie'. Yet it's something I've personally not embraced, having opted for lifestyle first and foremost".
"I see the house and land package as something intrinsically Australian and, in many respects, symbolic of the great Australian real estate dream. Whether we are chasing or avoiding it, the quarter-acre block with house is something familiar to us all. The installation will give the audience an opportunity to consider the house and land package idea and stimulate commentary regarding the contemporary residential housing trend," he says.
Luke's work combines a myriad of materials, including acrylic on canvas, ceramic functional sculpture, ex-Hastings Street pavers, roofing iron, posca on canvas, exotic stones, poly cotton material and timber, with all materials being transformed to black or white in colour.
Luke explains that an installation means the experience comes from being within the art via a transformation of a space. "Installations seek to reduce the separation of the viewer and the art - engaging the viewer so that they feel they are really "inside" the artwork," he says.
To help viewers understand the work and indeed, the concept of "installation", Luke will be available "in house in the house" each Saturday afternoon (except June 7) between 1.30pm and 2.30pm for "meet the artist" discussion with members of the public. He will also be available to meet with local high school groups throughout the exhibition, with such sessions providing a platform for students to consider what makes an installation, and indeed, what makes a work of art.
"It can be an all consuming process," says Luke, acknowledging the timing of 10% of reality from conception to fruition will be roughly a year.
The 10% of reality installation is supported by Arts Queensland and a number of local businesses including Highly Strung, Homan Homes, John Lee Painting, On Surfari, Paint City, The Yard and Peregian's Veggie Village.
An artist to watch, Luke Wright is completing his Diploma of Visual Arts at CSIT, Tewantin. His breadth of expertise includes black and white photography, painting, installation, sculpture and recycled timber furniture.
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