2042: Art on the Street

It’s time for a break from watching the financial markets implode. Instead, this post will focus on the arts, Newtown-style. Every year, the shops of Newtown become an extended gallery exhibiting the works of young Australian artists. Or at least, that’s how I describe it. According to the City of Sydney website, the aim of the exercise is “to combat the exclusivity fostered by institutional gallery spaces”. In years gone by, the exhibition was called “Walking the Streets”, but this year it goes by the name “2042: Art on the Street”. For those who are not local, 2042 is the postcode of Newtown and the immediate surrounds.

Being locals, Henry, my five year-old son, and I took a walk up King Street today to look at some of the works on show. Inspired by the blog Nosey in Newtown, we decided we would document the event, so we set off both armed with cameras. The undoubted favourite was the sculpture of giant ants beginning to rip into a car.

Henry greatly enjoyed his photographic responsibilities, but did not always restrict himself to the artworks. Here he is taking a photo of a magazine cover in a bridal shop.

I’m still not completely sure whether or not the pink elephant was part of the exhibition, or just one of those odd things that you find in a Newtown shop-front.

Of all the works on show, this painting of some kind of wheel of life was my favourite, despite being somewhat derivative of Mambo.

Art today, tomorrow may bring a screening of Wall-E, but Monday I will return to the continuing distaster that is global financial markets.

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