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55 Sydenham Rd
Marrickville NSW 2204 AU

Life Signs

1. Throughway for a lizard

On the 2nd of March I made a first visit to 55 Sydenham Rd. We sat in the space and had a long chat about the effort that went into renovating and constructing the studios and gallery, what kind of work we were doing when we were both in the M.H Franks Upholstery building studios in Camperdown back in the Nineties and the increasing drift of artist-run spaces out to Marrickville. We reflected on the disquieting role of artist-run initiatives in the gentrification of neighbourhoods – triggering the urban change that ultimately displaces artists and other poorer locals.

Looking around the room for points of interest, I found a small hole passing right through the concrete floor to the level below. It was described how during the months of building work a lizard was seen coming up through this hole, crossing the room and under the wall to another part of the building.

A hole in the new gallery wall temporarily restores the potential passage of a lizard across the upper floor of an industrial warehouse building in Marrickville.

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october 2009 | week two


THE LAB_symbol

Open residency project
Ocular Lab
West Brunswick


THE LAB_week two_outside
THE LAB_week two_inside


week two_clover sprouting week two_clover sprouting inside
week two_clover after rain week two_clover growth
Clover seeds pushing up through soil and sprouting.

week two_red rose week two_red rose opening
The red rose Bianca brought on my first day, opening and changing.

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february-april 2009

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week three.
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Wild Sown Understorey

Seeding action, project document & climate almanac.

February-April 2009

West Brunswick Sculpture Triennial
curated by OSW
March-April 2009
Melbourne, Australia

wBST poster_folded
download wBST poster pdf [48KB]

Wild Sown Understorey is a seeding action for the front yard of 135 Union St, West Brunswick. In February green manure crop seeds were cast, and the grass left to grow until the close of the wBST. The potential for a shaggy transformation of suburban ground will lay dormant or flourish according to rainfall, becoming a simultaneous ten-week weather index. Using the methods of natural farmer Masanobu Fukuoka, the project plays out between disturbance to a lawn-scape, land remediation and productivity, the absence of wildness, probable failure and climate change.

wsu_project doc_cover wsu_project doc_title page wsu_project doc_page spread wsu_project doc_foldout with cards

Project document & climate almanac.

A6-ish ha-ha foldout with weeks one-ten card series
single colour printing in brown, blue and teal
printed with love on The Rizzeria
edition of 100
copies available ~ contact l kell 88 [at] gmail dot com
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november 2008

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The____Hall 2008
digital print poster, document thread, paper clay, scrap plasterboard, fabric, cloth tape, brackets, hardware.

The (self initiated Artist funded) Second (fourth)
Y2K Melbourne Biennial of Art (& design)

Bianca Hester. Sean Bailey. Simon Taylor. Jon Campbell. Kate Newby. John Nixon. Matt Hinkley. Nick Mangan & Ying Lan Dan. Nick Selenitsch. Kate Smith. Dan Arps. Damon Packard. Ida Ekblad. Daniel du Bern. Alexander Ouchtomsky. Ben Tankard. Liv Barrett. Scott Mitchell. OSW. Animal Charm. Matthew Brown. Jane Caught. Alex Vivian. Masato Takasaka. Helen Johnson. Sean Peoples/ Cheese Peoples. James Deutsher. Sriwhana Spong. Kain Picken. Rob Mckenzie. Kain Picken & Rob McKenzie. Spiros Panigirakis. Lisa Kelly. Joshua Petherick. Matt Griffin. Geoff Newton. Pat Foster & Jen Berean. Liz Allen. Gregory P Sharp. Justin K Fuller. Ardi Gunawan. Xin Cheng. Hao Guo. Annie Wu. Christopher L G Hill. Janneke Raaphorst. Ruth Buchanan. Tahi Moore.Taree Mackenzie. Simon McGlinn. ffiXXed. Christopher Schueler & Matthew Hopkins. Dylan Statham. ACW. Fiona Connor. and more…..

19th Nov. to 6th Dec. 2008

curated by Christopher L G Hill

Y2K catalogue_front Y2K catalogue_middle Y2K catalogue_back

TCB art inc.

the greenhouse_fed square_nov 08
Fed Square, Melbourne
The Greenhouse
Sustainable architecture project.

ian potter waste_fed square_nov 08
Fed Square, Melbourne
The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia
Waste goes on…

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june 2006


speakers: Reuben Keehan, Ian Milliss, Zanny Begg, Margaret Mayhew


Loose projects

forum coordinated by Anne Kay & Lisa Kelly
in response to Zones of Contact 2006 Biennale of Sydney
curated by Charles Merewether

Cones of Zontact: forum
Cones of Zontact forum, publication & exhibition: gathering & browsing

ANNE KAY__ Thanks, we might get started. Thanks so much for coming. Lisa and I organised this as part of Loose. Does everyone know that there’s ten of us in Loose? There’s info of the website if you’re interested, but it’s not just us two. A few of us are here, like Philipa [Veitch], Alex [Gawronski], Jane [Polkinghorne], Mark [Titmarsh]. Yeah, I don’t know, do you want to talk a bit about the project?

LISA KELLY__Yeah. So we’re sitting inside headquarters of Cones of Zontact, which is a publication project that we came up with. When we started Loose, we pretty much figured on operating as a cooperative kind of project where everyone took a month of the program and devised their own project within that. But in June and the Biennale, and with us having opened quite recently, we were quite keen to do some kind of point of response to the Biennale of Sydney. And as a lot of people here who have participated in the project will appreciate, our interest was to do something that included as many artists living and working in Sydney as possible. Being an observation or counterpoint to the fact that there’s only one Sydney based artist in the Zones of Contact exhibition: Ruark Lewis. The infamous Ruark Lewis…

So the intention of this forum is, it’s a loose forum, it’s just to create some informal kind of space for dialogue around issues of points of relationship between large organisational structures, international and national structures, like biennales, and how they kind of relate to ground level artists’ communities in the cities that they occur in. Whether that’s Sydney, or other people might have experience of biennales in other cities…

download pdf [4.8MB] of full transcript and images from tape 1
[transcribed by LK & AK from poor audio recording]
edited highlights of discussion from tape 2 available for listening as mp3 here

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january 2004

garden cities of tomorrow_install view 
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water bottle_bamboo

Garden Cities of Tomorrow

1. gallery view
2. New Tree (Sony Center) & New Tree (Darling Harbour) 2004
inkjet print on heat transfer, scrap MDF
3. Rubbish & Rubbish Trees 2004
inkjet print on heat transfer, fabric
4. Water (aloe) 2004
live plant, plaster, Bach flower remedy, waste timber
5. Water (bamboo) 2004
live plant, plaster, cigarette ash, waste timber

Down the road from the studio
Josie Cavallaro, Sarah Goffman, Lisa Kelly

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Chrissie Cotter Hall
january 24 – february 7 2004

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february 2007

WORKSHOPNONSTOP install view. Loose, feb 07


CLUBSproject : Bridget Currie : Kate Fulton : Christopher L G Hill : Lucas Ihlein : Lisa Kelly
:OSW [Open Spatial Workshop: Terri Bird, Bianca Hester, Natasha Johns-Messenger & Scott Mitchell] : Spiros Panigirakis
+ guests & collaborators

coordinated by Lisa Kelly


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february 2007

Taking the modes of workshop & continuous self-organisation as broad starting points of reference, WORKSHOPNONSTOP invited practices that propagate their own working contexts & conditions – via projects, spaces, blogs, networks, publications, critical writing & making – to a project that unfolded as an open, multidimensional diagram of a workshop.

workshopnonstop_project document assembly

project document

self-assembled folder of project notes and residues, edition of 40

WSNS project document_1 WSNS project document_2 WSNS project document_3

project notes

WORKSHOPNONSTOP project notes_1 WORKSHOPNONSTOP project notes_2 WORKSHOPNONSTOP project notes_3

accumulative text by participants, process & documentation. august 06 – february 07

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part 2. [5.5MB]

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november 1997

Pin at SOUTH, Sydney 1997 Pin, Sydney 1997. images by SOUTH


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november-december 1997
Commonwealth St, Surry Hills

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