Birds Hut

420 Coricudgy Rd, via Narrango Rd
  • Artcodex

    Showing: Wolbachiopolis
    Material: Plastic trash bag, organic materials, copper plaque, pizza party and discussion

    A fictitious monument, erected in 2511, to two important moments from the history of evolution and genetic modification: the moment Charles Darwin had a platypus shot so that he could study the animal, and the release of mosquitoes carrying Wolbachia bacteria, in hopes of eradication of dengue fever. This work was inspired in part by a plaque found on a rock in Manhattan’s Inwood Park, marking the place where the Lenape sold the island to the Dutch, and how the significance of a historical event changes over time. This project was made possible by the generous support of NAVA through the NSW Artists’ Grant. From 3.45pm Saturday 8 April (weather permitting): Pizza shaped like Wolbachia bacteria will be served (gold coin donation), and visitors will be invited to take part in a discussion about genetic modification, science and the long view.

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  • Kyle Ford

    Showing: My lint is a token of my slow unravelling
    Material: shares the same aspect as the original structure, looking out to Cherry Tree Hill with Mount Rocky behind. Installation: application of pistachio shells inkjet matches oil socks authority badges acrylic rust puppets fur Tangier and more

    I have shipped blankets of yellow plush to be hung from clothespins. Bear with me: cliché of neighbours connected by clothes lines, ascribed to antipodes. Bear with me: the industry to get these blankets shipped from New York to New South Wales. Bear with me: the industry to refill toner to print these yellows. Bear with me: this may be the most overwrung laundry day the world has ever seen. With care and laundry as a postcard, I am sending you my dirties.

    This work is part of the Cementa Initiative, ‘Correspondence of Imaginary Places’

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  • Jason Lujan

    Showing: Untitled
    Material: Acrylic spraypaint on natural canvas

    Painted natural canvas loosely wrapped around a tree trunk. The pattern on the fabric is based on my own Native North American heritage, and is a stand-in for language; it is a black repeating motif against a natural, unbleached cloth. The idea is to indicate how language embodies a specific worldview, and how it can shape our concept of environment.

    This work is part of the Cementa Initiative, ‘Correspondence of Imaginary Places’

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  • Anya Rosen

    Showing: Model Car
    Material: Car, automotive clear coat, wax

    A totalled car sits at Birds Hut. The grass around it is neatly trimmed and the crunched folds of its metal body glisten in the sun. It has been abandoned, discovered again, and cared for in the last years of its life, its history preserved in a glossy enamel.

    This work is part of the Cementa Initiative, ‘Correspondence of Imaginary Places’

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  • Lauren Smith

    Showing: Segmented or Whole
    Material: Found clay and twine

    Segmented or Whole bridges together different parts of the Birds Hut structure using rope and circular clay forms. Local clay is hand-shaped around twine to create a self-regulated formal measurement time and record. Gravity plays a significant role determining how each piece is hung based on the distribution of the clay’s weight among the contorted flaccid rope portions. The single congruent rope line eliminates the fragmentation of individual moments.

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  • Melissa Staiger

    Showing: Made in BKLYN for the BUSH
    Material: Acrylic on canvas

    Made in BKLYN for the BUSH is a large colourful intuitive painting on unstretched canvas with cut-out shapes which allow the forest floor of the outdoor site to peek through and become part of the work. From imagination in her Brooklyn studio, Staiger painted colour to sync with the energy of the ecosystem of this place she has never been to. She is excited to think about wildlife sniffing the work at night and, during the day, humans looking at her work submerged in nature.

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  • Carol Warner

    Showing: A Ride in the Sky
    Material: Video and mixed media installation

    A Ride in the Sky conflates Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers dance sequences, which invoke nostalgia for the past, with an idiosyncratic 1970s song entitled Jet by Paul McCartney and Wings, which underscores both the allure and the folly of romanticising the myth of the American Dream. This mash-up is part of a physical set or ‘stage’. It invites viewers to negotiate the line between literal and pictorial space, and to actively participate in the constructed reality of the work.

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