THE INTERVENTIONIST GUIDE TO MELBOURNE









This massive public art intervention took place at Platform and around the streets of the city throughout October. Curated by Lynda Roberts from Public Assembly, The Interventionist Guide to Melbourne featured artists: Ilan Abrahams, Caz Guiney, Ceri Hann, Rayna Fahey, Anthony Magen, Men in Suits, Projector Obscura, Roarawar-feartata-collective, Neil Thomas and Cye Wood. Works included interactive maps in each of the Platform cabinets with radio sound tours, live performance actions, self publishing, and general artistic antics designed to get people excited and involved.

For full details documentation, free zines and interventionist downloads, visit the Interventionist Guide.

ALY AITKEN



"My work is always about running away. Most recently, my aim has been to evoke the hidden spaces of the psychological boltholes we build for ourselves, and the escape tunnels we use to reach them. The creatures I build are inhabitants of a fabricated world; a world crafted from the in between twilight spaces, cobbled together with bits and pieces of reality. They belong to a landscape in limbo; hybrid things, a mongrel mix of Art, human, animal and vegetable. My installations are riddled with absence and longing and try to recreate the secret places where everything is strange but oddly familiar. The current works are constructed from found objects, left-over things and fabric oddments, layered and reassembled. The forms are modeled using hundreds of tiny seams/scars - almost to the extent that the scar tissue becomes the sculptural medium."

Aly Aitken recently completed a Bachelor of Fine Art (Painting) at RMIT. Exhibition highlights shortlisting for the Siemens Scholarship and Blindside's Debut 5, inclusion in Craft Victoria's Fresh! 2008 and The Sustainability Festival 2009. Aly also won the Entrepreneur Motivator Award, 2008.

MADDIE SHARROCK



Maddie Sharrock
Untitled
false wall, convex & concave mirrors
Variable dimensions
© 2009

Like Yayoi Kusama’s Peep Shop/Endless Love Show (1966), Untitled intends to investigate the act of staring. By replacing the windows of the Sample cabinet with a white wall and strategically affixing two squared mirrors - one concave and the other convex, which hold at each centre a peephole - the viewer is invited to peer into two darkened spaces. When they do, they will feel nothing but a light breath of air on their eye.

Sharrock's Untitled is an investigation into subjective perception, using ingredients such as darkness, light and mirrors to heighten the viewer’s awareness of their bodily senses and proximities. The work's engagement with the viewer is subtle and aims to quietly ‘nudge’ the limitations of perception.

Maddie is currently studying Sculpture and Spatial Practice at the VCA, and has previously exhibited as part of the Victoria Harbour Young Artists Initiative at Docklands.

POLLY DEDMAN



Polly Dedman
The Gap
hand drawn animation still (detail)
installation with DVD, looped, colour, 35:45 minutes
© 2009

The Gap is an animated split-screen panorama, which explores imaginary landscapes both above and below ground. As part of a work in progress, these landscapes will ultimately create the backdrop to the story of an individual lost 'below' and map a journey passing through time, space, light, darkness, sound, silence and the forgotten places in between.

Polly Dedman is an illustrator and animator with a practice based in pencil drawings, printmaking and collage. Her work has been printed in local magazines, fashion journals and featured on limited edition t-shirts and various online media. Polly has participated in numerous group shows and collaborations both local (Grey Matters, CINCH, Fat Loves Art) and international (Mail Me Art, London and Greetings From…, Tokyo). Polly recently completed an animation for the community group Project Respect, highlighting human rights violations and the human trafficking industry in Australia. Her animation The Gap is a work in progress funded by the City Of Melbourne Young Artist's Grant 2009 and is scheduled for completion in early 2010.