John Kaldor introduces internationally acclaimed US street artist Barry McGee who will discuss his gallery practice and street art projects including his new Josh Twister mural. Barry's raw, energetic paintings can be seen in the John Kaldor Family Galleries and, from 23 September, in Tank Stream Way for the Urbanity (Re)Engaged project curated by Amanda Sharrad and Justine Topfer for Laneway Art 2011, part of Art & About Sydney.
Barry McGee's Kaldor Public Art Project #14 in 2004 transformed the old Metropolitan Meat Market in Melbourne into a cacophony of chequerboard shapes, urban characters and cast-offs, booming and colliding with sound and energy. A mural was painted over the National Gallery of Victoria's glass-fronted waterwall and acted as an alternative billboard for the event. Together the works evoked the sensory overload of contemporary consumer culture and paid homage to the outcasts of a disposable world.
Barry McGee's work is represented in the Foundation Cartier, Paris; the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit and the Watari Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo.