Photograph: Andrew Curtis
4 May-1 Nov 2017
Hero Building Billboard
118 Russell Street
Hubbard's Accidental Hero is an image transported to Australia from Antwerp as a portal that folds in space and time: a window, turned billboard, turned window, turned portal. Accidental Hero loops site and purpose; the image taken from footage filmed by the artist at the historic lockkeeper’s house in Antwerp (now an international artist’s residency).
Hubbard has created a troupe l’ceil, not painted, a photographic still from Angle of Incidence, a video work in progress. The visible ‘control bar’ acts as a nod to the prominent barcode feature on the building.
With Accidental Hero, Hubbard has bricked-up a Melbourne billboard with a slice of Antwerp history. Standing in the open window, our accidental hero is a long way from the port of Antwerp. He stands in full view of Russell Street, like other figures seen on high: popes, royalty, despots, rockstars, even Julian Assange.
An unassuming image at first glance, Accidental Hero is open to multiple readings over time and conditions, brick upon brick.
LOU HUBBARD has exhibited widely throughout Australia and internationally, with recent exhibitions including Table Land, Sarah Scout Presents, Melbourne (2016); Neverwhere, Gaia Gallery, Istanbul (2015); Dead Still Standing, West Space, Melbourne (2015); Melbourne Now, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, (2013-14); FX, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, (2013); The Knock Off Show, Slopes, Melbourne, (2013); Antic Measures, Galerija Gregor Podnar, Berlin, (2011–12); NEW10, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, (2010); Change, Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne, (2010); Making It New: Focus on Contemporary Australian Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, (2009). In 2015 Hubbard won the Art Gallery of Ballarat Guirguis New Art Prize. She completed a Master of Fine Art at RMIT University in 2001 and is currently Head of Photography at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne.
Curated by Angela Brophy
Supported by the City of Melbourne through the Arts Grants Program
To coincide with the launch event Lou Hubbard's Accidental Hero will be available as a framed limited edition print from Sarah Scout Presents
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Image: Courtesy of the artist and Sarah Scout Presents, Melbourne