PROJECT: Mayfare Apartments Facade
ARTIST: Richard Blackwell
ARTWORK TITLE: MRS2
CLIENT: Morris Property Group
MRS2 is a building facade treatment covering three floors of parking structure at the Mayfair Apartments on the corner of West Row and Align Street, in the centre of Canberra.
The facade consists of sections of two separate tile designs, deployed in a random distribution across the surface of the building. Laser-cut steel sheets have been folded into an asymmetrical polygonal form with perforations covering half of its surface. The tile protrusions and scale create abstract sculptural forms in their random arrangements, making a subtle reference to the potential complexity of even the most simple of systems. At night time the lighting of the interior of the parking structure glows through the steel perforations, creating comparably flat, graphic patterned illusions.
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.