16 August — 14 September 2018
Fox Galleries, 79 Langridge St Collingwood
Ruin Nation by Singapore based artist Merryn Trevethan. Collapsing space and intensifying colour, Trevethan’s urban landscapes delineate the impact of technologies on perception. In Ruin Nation horizons vanish behind implausible structures that tower into the sky as monuments to nothing. Countless windows seem to manifest both the aspirational vision of the megacity while evoking the constant surveillance of the panopticon. These works reflect the experiences of life in increasingly globalised cities dominated by the digital and flooded with information. They capture our collective mental and emotional disorientation at a time when a constant state of flux is the new status quo. Trevethan invites us to relate to and be critical of our own surroundings by immersing us in speculative cities just beyond our own realities.
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