Tess Milne's highly detailed solo show at the main Platform space in October consisted of large photographic documentation from a journey though the streets surrounding Platform. Tess first explored the area, taking photos and making sketches of detail views from the subway and underground train station entrance at the southern end of the subway, as well as the cafes, shops, and laneways in the Flinders Lane precinct. The laborious element of A Long Detour was the fact that the exhibited works were actually photographs of the artist's cardboard and plasticine models that even included tiny shopfronts, street signs and the lone visitor on her journey. The sheer detail and precise perspective of these works were a pleasant surprise to many of the people who pass through the subway every day.
Dale Nason and Sarah Bunting's collaborative Vitrine show, Free Meat Economy, set some stomachs turning with their complex installation exploring the sugary surface of an otherwise environmentally destructive Australian economy. Defying the space limitations in Vitrine, the duo managed to install a large-scale butchers block in the small window space with a massive rotating zero dollar coin. The red backdrop was offset with collage style faces and a set of video pieces that examined the results of ongoing road kill. For a special performance piece next to the Vitrine window, Dale and Sarah dressed in pineapple printed gowns and made meat ice-cream to their own accompanying soundtrack.
Jan Riddel's Been Nowhere Done Nothin' is one of our more favourite works to appear in the Majorca windows on Centre Place. Presented as part of the International Day of Older Persons, Jan's humorous take on t-shirt fashion culture offered a quick fix to passers by but also contained a slight warning about the absence of older people from contemporary culture. By using humour and appropriating the fashion styles of the surrounding boutiques, Jan offered an easy entry into an issue that is only going to become more relevant as Australia's aging population increases in the coming years.