Work With Me Here looks to turn the gallery from a space of passive viewing finished artworks, into an active space that reveals and celebrates the process of making work. Artist Nathan Gray uses the gallery as a space to invite practioners of diverse expertise to enter into conversation, these conversations become an inclusive public event that form the basis of generating new work for his Works<30s series in the space. In the final weeks of the exhibition the space will transform and work created during this time will then be displayed throughout the gallery. This methodology led to SIBLINGs design for the space, which seeks to celebrate the act of making, and highlight the visual landscapes of process.
The space is divided into zones, each with their own distinct role in the act of making as defined by the artist. SIBLING looks to the virtual world, using imagery from the digital landscapes of process to give each zone an identity, the space in itself reads as a placeholder for the content to come. Familiar patterns are taken and scaled up to the dimensions of the physical world; and for a moment digital and physical space seem to fold into one. The bold colours of the ‘no transmission signal’ make up the central stage, which provides both a physical space for the artist to chat with collaborators, but also a virtual stage for real time digital information and inspiration to be projected for the public. ‘No input blue’ drenches the Rejuvenation Zone, where suspended nets capture visitors and provide the artist with a place to retreat when the pressures of making become too much. Analogue static defines the Quarantine Zone, which is a ‘parking space’ for work or ideas that need to be left alone for a moment. Crop Marks on the floor identify zones throughout the space for 'studio space’, and workspaces are clad with the Photoshop Canvas. The exhibition design is as much intended to provide a working studio space for the artist, but also let the public and audience become a part of his process.