Moments in Public, Sydney

Kaye Shumack
EXHIBITION  RUNS
   
November
   
7
 -  
November
   
18
Whilst often overshadowed and ignored, place memories of familiar routes can be found in incidental and often forgotten sites as forms of memorial around the city that provide vestiges of the city’s liminal history, providing links between past, present and future. 

INFORMATION

Based on the harbour, the inner city and outreaching inner western suburbs, this drawing installation composes a series of narratives as ruptures of the real, exposing tears or gaps in the composite media memory of a sleek sparkling harbour city. As Sydney continues to be re-shaped by large building and infrastructure projects, urban spaces are increasingly contested and familiar place memories can and do, disappear overnight as infrastructure juggernauts roll forward. Whilst often overshadowed and ignored, place memories of familiar routes can be found in incidental and often forgotten sites as forms of memorial around the city that provide vestiges of the city’s liminal history, providing links between past, present and future. 

The work seeks to expose the city’s porous qualities through exploring incidental urban traces and resonances. Each series of drawings locates connections across place and its occupation, that work as networks of moving and static signs, as evidence of the past linked to the present. These works are forms of memorial to significant and historical incidental places. These spaces occupy conceptual, as well as physical and emotional ground in our constantly moving everyday lives.

Kaye Shumack is a Sydney-based artist exploring place, space and memory in urban settings through drawing and installation narrative formats. Kaye studied at Sydney College of Arts and has exhibited in national and international contexts. 

Based on the harbour, the inner city and outreaching inner western suburbs, this drawing installation composes a series of narratives as ruptures of the real, exposing tears or gaps in the composite media memory of a sleek sparkling harbour city. As Sydney continues to be re-shaped by large building and infrastructure projects, urban spaces are increasingly contested and familiar place memories can and do, disappear overnight as infrastructure juggernauts roll forward. Whilst often overshadowed and ignored, place memories of familiar routes can be found in incidental and often forgotten sites as forms of memorial around the city that provide vestiges of the city’s liminal history, providing links between past, present and future. 

The work seeks to expose the city’s porous qualities through exploring incidental urban traces and resonances. Each series of drawings locates connections across place and its occupation, that work as networks of moving and static signs, as evidence of the past linked to the present. These works are forms of memorial to significant and historical incidental places. These spaces occupy conceptual, as well as physical and emotional ground in our constantly moving everyday lives.

Kaye Shumack is a Sydney-based artist exploring place, space and memory in urban settings through drawing and installation narrative formats. Kaye studied at Sydney College of Arts and has exhibited in national and international contexts. 

FEATURED  WORKS

Kaye Shumack, Circular Quay on a sunny afternoon, 2019, pastel charcoal on paper, 30 x 21 cm
Kaye Shumack, From the bus Victoria Park stop, ink pastel charcoal on paper, 2018, 60 x 42 cm
Kaye Shumack, Illawarra Road Marrickville, 2018, Ink pastel charcoal on paper, 109 x 95 cm
Kaye Shumack, Light rail stop Leichhardt North, 2019, ink pastel charcoal on paper, 30 x 21 cm
Kaye Shumack, Rushing to get to the ferry Circular Quay, 2019, pastel charcoal on paper, 30 x 21 cm

OTHER  EXHIBITIONS