On Sunday 6th July 2014 from 1 to 3pm MAP’s next Art & Architecture ‘open day’ proudly featured one of Australia’s most significant mid century project homes.
Located in Faulconbridge overlooking the gorges of the Grose Valley the Beachcomber House was designed in June 1961 by Croation born architect Nino Sydney. The then fledgeling building company Lend Lease presented Nino’s Beachcomber Le Corbusier inspired design and four others such as the Safari and Pan Pacific in the now legendary Carlingford Estate. Opening in spectacular style on Oct 13 1961, thousands flocked to what soon proved to be an historic and culturally revolutionary event. Significantly, Nino and his team introduced for the first time truly affordable designer built project homes. These were available to the ordinary citizen, a feat that literally changed the face of Australian living standards virtually overnight – as discussed and featured in the recent television series ‘Building Australia’ presented by John Doyle, and the Powerhouse museum book ‘Designer Suburbs’ by Charles Pickett and Judith O’Callahan. Today Beachcomber is used to describe the entire genre of elevated homes.
In association with MAP’s rare public opening of Nino’s favourite and still all original Beachcomber, Rilka Oakley, the current curator at the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, was invited to curate an exhibition she playfully titled, Hide & Seek. Unfolding like a game the Hide & Seek exhibition navigated points of view, while challenging our default perspectives on things. The curator notes “Objects are often observed from a single view (whether this is intellectual, conceptual, historical, physical, emotional or just habit)”. As such the curation suggested looking at things from multiple points of view may be an invaluable tool. Hide & Seek negotiates this idea, and invites the viewer to find the art, to look and ask, is this the art? To spend time making an assessment of what they are looking at, or even how they are looking. “This engagement with the process of discernment or decision-making allows space for new perspectives to emerge”. The select guest artists in Rilka Oakley’s Hide & Seek curation are Cigdem Aydemir, Cath Barcan, James Culkin & Beata Geyer, Anne Graham, Billy Gruner, Daniel Kojta and David Sudmalis.
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See the art works in the Hide & Seek exhibition