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Justin Spiers January 28, 2010

Posted by bohdan.warchomij in : Art, Australian photographers, exhibition, Fremantle Arts Centre , trackback

The Detour
30 January – 14 March 2010
Fremantle Arts Centre

Everybody loves a fun park – even a derelict one. In his first solo exhibition, Justin Spiers produces a record of what remained after the crowds dissipated.

The Detour was shot on location at the Castle Fun Park on the outskirts of
Mandurah. A collection of images on medium format film, Spiers presents a record of the Park’s demise into its current state of disuse.

Where once stood a fantastic Disney neighborhood, Spiers captures the disquietbetween the dizzying structures and their bush setting, suddenly realized once left A meting pot of Bavarian castles and tudor villages, these European architectural styles appear alien on the harsh Australian landscape. In reality, though, Spiers’ uneasy imagery documents the all-too-familiar marks of bushfire on the fantastic.

At once seductive and repellant, Spiers’ photographs create a somewhat tragic montage of the Park’s history – in which the unnatural collision of castle and country has occured, and has been left behind with consequences of bushfires and encroaching suburbia emblazoned on its eerie horizon.

Justin Spiers is a Western Australian photographer currently based at Red Gate Gallery in Beijing, China. He has participated in numerous exhibitions Australia-wide, and has previously endeared himself to pets and their owners as co-presenter of Pet Photo Booth.

Image Caption: Justin Spiers, All the loud colours of the world, 2007, giclee print on Hahnemuhle paper, 60 x 60 cm, courtesy and © the artist.

Acid Mandurah Photo Justin Spiers
Acid Mandurah Photo Justin Spiers

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