Modern Art Projects (MAP) presented an open house day on April 6th 2014 from 1-5pm in Woodford, The Blue Mountains. This was part of a unique program of events that explores the curation of contemporary art in unique domestic architecture and gardens. Special thanks goes to owners Cristina Ricci & John Porter for generously opening their private property and the support of the Blue Mountains City of the Arts Trust Cultural Partnerships Program 2014.
Morton House c. 1979, also known as ‘Cave House’ was designed and constructed by Deirdre and Ivor Morton, who spent their early childhood in the Walter Burley Griffin estate, Castlecrag. Deirdre is a renowned naturalist and the daughter of Ula Maddocks, a famous figure from Castelcrag’s influential circle of artists, architects and bohemians. Morton House was designed in an organic modernist style, aligned with Griffin’s Chicago Prairie School influences. The house has a wonderful mid century restraint, rough hewn hand made mudbrick walls, famous overhanging Australian native roof garden, inner atrium and many other unique features. It also overlooks a spectacular ravine further attesting to its cultural and environmental significance.
At Morton House guest curator and exhibiting artist Jacquelene Drinkall presents Eco Spirit. This exhibition celebrates the powers of the imagination to create vibrant and transcendental artistic productions in the social space of the home. The home is the ‘oikos’ – the Greek word for both home and the prefix eco. The art and science of ecology and economy experiment within and extend from the vitality of the home. Eco Spirit featured Alex Wisser, Ben Denham, Beata Geyer/James Culkin, Bim Morton, Fiona Davies, Georgie Pollard, Gianni Wise, John A Douglas, Locust Jones, Paul Greedy/Tom Ellard, Sarah-Jane Norman, Sarah Keighery and Vicky Browne.
As a special feature, talks were be held by: Deirdre and Ivor Morton on the design and construction of the house and their life together there; house owners Cristina Ricci and biologist partner John Porter on the home and gardens; and Jacquelene Drinkall on the featured artworks and her unique curatorial approach.
Co-ordinated by Billy Gruner, Sarah Keighery, Sarah Breen Lovett, Nikki Walkerden and David Haines.
In association with BMCC, SNO Contemporary Art Projects, Australian Modern & The Cloudscape.