PAUL & ED CARTER | 180 BRISBANE 2017-05-06T06:28:42+00:00

Project Description

ARTIST | Paul & Ed Carter

PROJECT | 180 BRISBANE

CLIENT | Daisho Corporation

iAM Scope | Curatorial, Public Art Project Management

Paul & Ed Carter treat the wall as a physical object, as a sculpture laid down in the Brisbane urban setting. They imagine it as a giant blade or rudder around which flow currents (of air, of people, of water). The artists have translated their intentions into a poetic text. The style of the text embodies the idea that it is written (and read) in flowing water. It consists of ‘found phrases’ derived from early writings about the waters of the Brisbane River and region. These phrases are organised to suggest an experience of looking, diving in, finding,  The poetic text below:

LOOK INTO THE STONE MIRROR WHITE STONES WHITE BONES THE MOUTH OF THE BEES NEST AND THE BEES CONTINUALLY GOING IN AND OUT WATER SNAKES ARE NOT SUPPOSED TO BE ABLE TO SMILE DARK HONEY TROUT’S AMBER THE RAINBOW’S ROOT IN THE KNUCKLE OF TIME KANGAROOS STARS LEAVES MULTIPLY YOU ASK ME WHERE I COME FROM WHAT GIFTS I BRING, WATER SEA WIND BLOOD YOU ASK ME WHEN I MAKE TRACKS RED ROCKS RED HAIR THE WATER’S MUSCLE RUNNING LOVE BRINGS ME HERE RUST, TI-TREE THE REMAINS OF A FINE OLD MAN WE WILL ALL BECOME GUARD FISH NETTING STARS THE SHOPPER THE STOPPER THE BORN-AGAIN NIGHT MANACLES PLOUGHSHARES EYES A LARGE HOLE FULL OF WATER AND A WELL BEATEN PATH HATE IS THE SPIDER’S WEB MISUSED FOR FISHING THE WATERS EVEN HAVE CHANGED SINCE THOSE TIMES TILL THE TIDE HAD GONE DOWN EMPTYING THEIR NETS COMMUNAL SHARED TRAVELLED NETS SWAMPS CREEKS