Wastelands is a site-responsive work produced by Pōneke-based artist Isabella Loudon. Made within Parnell Project Space over the course of a week, wastelands uses industrial materials, including cement, latex and blue oxide, to respond to the physical structure of the site as well as the history of its surrounding area, which used to be occupied by a rubbish dump. Hung from the exposed rafters of the heritage building Parnell Project Space is located within, the work was also subject to a process of decay, by which the latex was allowed to crumble throughout the duration of the exhibition, leaving a trace of dust from the blue oxide across the gallery floor. Also on view was a series of pastel drawings made by the artist.

Wastelands was accompanied by a text written by Papatūnga curator James Tapsell-Kururangi, published online as part of Lieu Journal Issue 4, and a one-night performance by movements scholars Yin-Chi Lee and Jesse Quiad and sound artists Ivan Mršić and Kristian Larsen, who responded to the installation through a sound- and movement-based public performance.


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