PROJECT: M+A Laneway Development
ARTIST: Richard Blackwell
ARTWORK TITLE: Nexus
LOCATION: Brisbane, Australia
CLIENT: Laing O’Rourke
Working in collaboration with UAP, artist Richard Blackwell created a modular design for the ground plane in the M+A Laneway development in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane. The artwork location extends through the centre of the laneway and onto the footpaths of Ann and McLachlan Streets.
This ground plane opportunity was commissioned to add visual texture to the space, invite pedestrians into the laneway at the edges, and guide people through the space. The work Nexus presents an image of a cluster of modules that connect centrally and visually reach in three directions. Two arms of the composition connect from Ann Street to McLachlan Street and meet in the center to create virtual platforms and meeting spots. Nexus also creates an intriguing spacial illusion upwards, communicating to the inhabitants of the nearby buildings.
Blackwell is an Australian artist recently relocated to Sydney after years based in Doha, where he was employed as the Assistant Professor of the Foundation Woodshop and Digital Lab at VCU Arts in Qatar. He was the recipient of the 2012 Fulbright Scholarship and completed his Masters in Fine Art at the School of Art Institute of Chicago in 2014. In 2011 Blackwell exhibited a major series GROTTO, an exhibition in 3 volumes, which was shown in Canberra, Melbourne and Chicago, supported through the Australia Council of the Arts.
Blackwell is currently stationed at the Deisgn Futures Lab at UNSW and runs Studio Studio, a collective studio in Canberra ACT.
His work has been collected for Artbank, NAB Collection, The Justin Collection and he has undertaken several public commissions including the Mayfare Apartments, Canberra, 65 Mary Street, Brisbane and the NEXUS M+A Laneway Project, Brisbane, both undertaken with Urban Art Projects.