Casula Powerhouse to host exhibition about itself

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Anna Kristensen's Indian Chamber (detail), 2011. Image courtesy of the artist and Gallery9, Sydney.
Anna Kristensen’s Indian Chamber (detail), 2011. Image courtesy of the artist and Gallery9, Sydney.

An exhibition at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre in July will look at the history of … Casula Powerhouse.

Titled Solid State, this free exhibition will be on display from July 18 and until September 6.

Solid State investigates the physical structure of Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre as the architectural remains of a powerhouse.

By curating artworks in tandem with the physical site, the selected artworks invite the public to re-imagine the building in new and figurative ways.

The selected artworks reference the Powerhouse by way of the skill and precision required to create and control force and movement, yet they also explore instances of instability, vacancy and decay.

Kiersten Fishburn, the director of Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, says the exhibition addresses the intriguing history of Casula Powerhouse.

“Solid State is very responsive to the building and really reflects the history of Casula Powerhouse, exploring the remnants of the original architecture through to its transformation into what we see today,’’ Ms Fishburn said.

“I look forward to seeing the unique perspectives the artists will bring to the centre.”

casulapower6Liverpool Mayor Ned Mannoun says Solid State is an exhibition not to be missed.

“Casula Powerhouse is an icon of South West Sydney, so I am looking forward to seeing the space re-imagined in such an original way,’’ he said.

“I encourage all to see the exhibition and experience the subtleties and magic of Casula Powerhouse.”

Solid State will open at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre on Friday, July 18 at 6pm and will be opened by lead architect of the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre development Peter Tonkin.

The exhibition will include the work of Tully Arnot, Marley Dawson, Nicholas Folland, Christopher Hanrahan, Anna Kristensen, Jess MacNeil, Callum Morton, Jamie North, Caroline Rothwell, Kathy Temin, Justin Trendall, Simon Yates, and Ken and Julia Yonetani.


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