Mural and Exhibition Schedule:
19 – 28 sept – Novak and Howard-Smith paint a mural on the back of LOT23
Friday 30 sept – 6pm exhibition preview Novak – video & photography installation Howard-Smith – new paintings
Howard-Smith’s painting practice offers an aesthetic of an escapist Utopia, often depicting man dwarfed by nature presided over by impartial god-like figures, at once powerful and directionless. There is an attempt to find faith and harmony, although there is always doubt and discord.
Novak’s recent project focuses on the socio-cultural history of decommissioned sports stadium, Carisbrook and its surrounding neighbourhood in South Dunedin. The site-specific work encourages new dialogues about the potential of disused public space and the process of making informed, conscious and relevant public art projects.
Both practices draw on ideas of Utopia juxtaposed with real life, what the future may look like with current structures and systems degrading. These ideas culminate in a collaborative mural depicting tropes from both artists repertoires to create a scenic tableau of waste, rubble, jungle and new life forms.