Friday night I headed down to Collingwood for what would turn out to be a uniquely cool opening and a fun concept.
I arrived just at Innocence Of The Apocalypse as the sun was setting down at the Peel street park, right in front of a giant pasteup of a dead bird – obviously, a herald as to the type of pandemic that would form the core of the show. Thinking I’d be heading off to some wayward spot around Collingwood, only to find that the venue was remarkably close by … entering the building for the show, I first walked into a side room where a small installation had been set up in the bathroom – I & The Others pasteup featuring prominently. From there, it was upstairs to the main installation, kids running around playing with tires and hiding amongst jumbled, makeshift houses ala cubbys, stand ins for ruined buildings inhabited by children, both painted and real.
Yandell Waltons video displays were in parts quite beautifully subtle, shadows of birds and fans whirling away, the main projection was a great centrepiece as well. Downstairs, the exhibition side of things was tied in nice well – one of the little subtleties that I liked as well were the newspapers with the headlines about the impending flu outbreak.
All in all a really great show, and a solid collaboration between two differently disciplined artists – if you didn’t get a chance to check it out, you really missed out – but check out my photos below …