Old Space | Artist Studios | Bowen Hills | December 2008 – July 2010 by Matt Malone
I have been active in the visual artists in Brisbane since graduating from Queensland College of Art in 2002. I maintained an arts practice for many years before focusing on a professional career in museums and galleries.
During an 18-month period from December 2008 I operated artist studios in Bowen Hills. Old Space was initiated to provide affordable studio space for visual artists. I accessed and utilised a broad network of artist friends and colleagues to activate the studio, as well as host a number of exhibition events.
During the period some 16 artists occupied the studios and a significant number of additional artists were involved as guests. Many of the artists connected with Old Space continue to be active in the Brisbane art scene.
Old Space, Director
Address: 62 Abbottsford Road Bowen Hills Q 4006
Opened December 2008
DJ Return Again
Matt Dabrowski and the Many Hands of Glamour
This image shows an installation titled, “Lake Lycanthropy and Your Albedo Ratio” at an ARI and studio space in Albion called ‘Old Space’, run by Matt Malone in 2010. Standing Left is Karla Marchesi, Painter, Berlin. Right, Amy Vuleta, writer, Melbourne.
For “Lake Lycanthropy and Your Albedo Ratio” (2010) at Brisbane’s OLD SPACE (ARI), I mounted a video projector in the warehouse roof to position an image of the full moon traversing the base of a large water filled hand crafted cement luna-crater. The video projection of the moon was framed in the crater. The work translated as a luna reflection on the water surface, even though it was obvious that it was a pixelated projection and the warehouse had a roof disallowing any stellar reflections.. Referring to technological mediation and the physical senses. The piece resonated with the barren and spacious ambience of the industrial warehouse it was situated in. Red gelled flood lights beamed horizontally across the crater so that people could see their red reflection amidst the ‘TV’ blue water and mesmerizing luna transit. For the viewer, who completes the artwork, the effect of the arrangement is a simultaneous narcissistic and cosmological experience. I reprised “Lake Lycanthropy and Your Albedo Ratio” at Griffith University’s Graduate Art Show where it received the Judges Special Commendation.
Old Space was a Super-amazing huge Studio Space on the railway line in Albion. Studio Artists include Chris Bennie, Karla Marchesi and many more…