PROJECT: Mayfare Apartments Entranceway
ARTIST: Richard Blackwell
ARTWORK TITLE: A Place to Sleep
LOCATION: Brisbane, Australia
CLIENT: Morris Property Group
Commissioned for the then newly developed residential tower in Brisbane’s CBD, A Place to Sleep references the artist's own experience of student accommodation and more broadly acknowledges the importance of having access to a safe place in which to not only sleep, but also to study, socialize and recharge. The final artwork is a beacon to the passer-by, and to the weary student or office worker coming home at the end of a day. It is a playful, ever so slightly suggestive, and hopefully powerful reminder of the excitement and personal change that comes with the process of study – and a hint toward the formative experiences taking place within the building.
The design included the installation of neon text over a layered composite mural. Articulating the liminal space between street and foyer the artwork creates a suggestion of movement, drawing both the eye and the body in toward the residential area.
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.