BLOCK PARTY 2019: Meagan Streader


Blend (Parallelism) inspires a fantastical space or nostalgia for a futuristic setting. Through a reimagined artificial space, Blend (Parallelism) challenges audiences to take a step away from reality through an immersive application of light, describing a series of linear scaffolding structures using hundreds of lines of light. The work presents a contrast between the established construction of the gallery and its architectural elements by obstructing the space with large-scale linear panels cascading from floor to ceiling. Viewers are invited to walk throughout and experience the work from inside and outside the structures. The layered installation will appear to multiply within the room, presenting an illusion of infinite lines and virtual textures, through a vibrant display of colour and moiré patterns.

Blend (Parallelism) aims to destabilise and challenge visual perspectives through an immersive experience within the reconstructed light installation. Preconceived ideas of the physical space must be discarded in order to imagine new pathways and examine one’s physical presence within the space. The work explores the shifting nature of perception and the unique way in which we experience and perceive space, surface and architecture through illusions and textures. By creating a ‘blurred’ or moiré surface through layers of linear light the work disrupts viewers’ sense of spatial awareness and immediate perception. Blend (Parallelism) presents an interplay between pattern, colour and light, and draws upon illusory effects to consider spatial and architectural boundaries of the gallery.

Meagan Streader’s work pushes the limits of light within sculpture and installation. Reflecting the Minimalist art of the Light and Space movement, Streader manipulates, reinterprets and extends upon the boundaries of constructed spaces. Through site-specific interventions, her multidimensional use of light re-orientates the viewer’s relationship to the pre-existing architecture and scale of a given space. In this way, Streader’s work reveals the pervasive role of light in governing physical and social navigations of fabricated spaces.

Meagan Streader ‘Blend (Parallelism)’  will be in the First Coat Studios gallery from November 20 - 27.

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Artist Talks from 5PM - 6:30PM with Make It Made It Conference Founder + Director Brett Piva
Main Gallery, 20 - 27 November, 2019
First Coat Studios, 6 Laurel St