2 - 20 August 2017
Opening Wednesday 2 August, 6.30-8pm
“It’s called a ‘business park’! “Strategically positioned and master planned” says the blurb. But really there are dozens of identical places.
But why call it a park? As a kid a park was a place with a playground. But these parks are just empty blocks and lots of concrete slabs. Buildings
that are impossible to separate when not painted, patterned, planted and/or graffitti-ed (not actually part of the design apparently).
I guess there is a lot of nature in business parks. What with the vast empty paddocks of roughly mown grass, endless rows of evenly spaced
bushes, the ever present nature strips, established trees awaiting destruction (or a micro park centrepiece) and the already dead plantings.
The combined effect occasionally achieves “ironically idyllic”. Could the very controlled plantings of these ‘parks’ hint at an under-explored relationship between culture and nature. A repression of the unplanned and unexpected perhaps considered “a key ally in the
prosperity of” well … everything.
Progress Park is a photographic exploration of business parks with an eye fixed firmly on their massed plantings, paddocks and weeds.
Aesthetically a love child of ‘New Topographics’ and The Situationists (i.e. a psycho-geography of the social landscape).”
Bill Lane, July 2017
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