Art | It’s art but not as they know it

FRESH: One of Carolyn Eskdale's Mediation photoworks. Picture: Ian Hill

FRESH: One of Carolyn Eskdale's Mediation photoworks. Picture: Ian Hill

More than 150 local secondary school students have visited La Trobe Art Institute’s Infrastructuralism which challenges their notion of contemporary art.

The skilfully-composed photographs of Carolyn Eskdale, have led students to discover aspects of the architecture that would normally be overlooked. The text-based work of Agatha Gothe-Snape and a fully-functioning coffee station installed by artist Shannon Lyons, have intrigued, as has a curious pair of framed legal wills commissioned by Jessie Bullivant, and the speaker sitting in anticipation of a performance by Helen Grogan.

The work of all five artists draws attention to both the physical structure of the building and the invisible systems that operate within it. Through their encounters with the exhibition, students are discovering that there is more to the gallery than what is seen hanging on the clean white walls.