Merryn Trevethan, ‘Ruin Nation’, 2018. Pigment ink print on archival paper on Dibond, edition 1 of 5 and 1 Artist Proof, 100 x 56cm. Courtesy: the artist and Fox Galleries, Melbourne.

Collapsing space and intensifying colour, Merryn Trevethan’s urban landscapes delineate the impact of technologies on perception. 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.

Here the city is envisioned in all its labyrinthine perplexity, revealing the complex social, economic and environmental implications each embodies. Using titles that reference Italo Calvino’s 1972 ‘Invisible Cities, Trevethan’ invites us to relate to and be critical of our own surroundings by immersing us in speculative cities just beyond our own realities.

Exhibition opens: 6-8pm Thursday 16 August 2018
Exhibition closes: 14 September 2018
Location: Fox Galleries, 79 Langridge St Collingwood VIC
Phone: +61 3 8560 5487


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