AARON MARTIN ‘CAR JACKING’

Viewable through the windows Dec 14 – Jan 16.  Access by appointment (or if we are around !).

Car Jacking is a sculptural installation that responds to and interacts with the existing architecture at Five Walls Projects. Installed at adjacent ends of the gallery are two large scale works: a Brancusi-like column constructed from ten car jacks, which spans a void of 3.1mtr – to link floor and ceiling – and a replica roofing truss, fashioned from lightweight plywood, it too is balanced precariously on its axis. These works aim to occupy a slippery space between the functionalism of engineering and architecture while employing the formal language of abstract painting and sculpture.

Aaron Martin has been consisting exhibiting his imagistic paintings, drawing and sculptural installations since 1998, he has held numerous solo and group exhibitions across Australia. He has twice been a finalist in the John Leslie Art Prize and a finalist in the Paul Guest Art Prize (2014) & Churchie Art prize (2011). He was awarded art residencies at: St Vincents Hospital (2010), Ballilla House, Brighton (2011), Poh Chang University, Bangkok(2013 & 2015) and Naresuan University, Phitsanulok, Thailand (2013).

As an educator, curator and gallerist Aaron has been and is actively involved in the arts, lecturing in painting and drawing at Melbourne School of Art (2001-06) and Swinburne University (2005-12). He worked as writer, interviewer and creative advisor for ArtInfo.com.au. He has held a seat on the board of Trocadero Art Space (2008-10) and Vice-President (2010-15). In 2012 he founded Five Walls Projects where he is the current Director. He is currently undertaking a Master of Fine Arts in Visual Arts (by research) at the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne.

Car Jacking is Aaron’s first solo show at Five Walls Projects.