Build­ing bridges at Core of PUB­LIC art

Albany Extra - - Extra News - Sjanna San­dalova

PUB­LIC in Katan­ning launched on Thurs­day last week with the open­ing of an art ex­hi­bi­tion called The Core at Katan­ning Art Gallery.

Street artists painted sev­eral mu­rals and elec­tri­cal trans­former boxes around the Katan­ning CBD as part of the PUB­LIC silo trail project that fin­ished on Tues­day.

The Core was an ex­hi­bi­tion by vis­it­ing in­ter­na­tional artist Karim Jab­bari, an ac­claimed mu­ral­ist and light paint­ing artist, whose work is in­spired by an­cient Ara­bic script.

Jab­bari stunned the au­di­ence with his per­for­mance — us­ing just an SLR cam­era and a flash­light, he cap­tured a cal­lig­ra­phy of light that hangs in a space, frozen in time.

“I strongly be­lieve the im­pact of FORM goes be­yond paint­ing walls and do­ing ex­hi­bi­tions —FORM is creat­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, it’s build­ing the hu­man be­ings in WA, and en­cour­ag­ing al­ter­na­tives for economies for lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties,” he said. “I feel like FORM has in­vited me here to cre­ate th­ese links be­tween peo­ple and to cre­ate bridges, so we can all en­joy this art in a beau­ti­ful and har­mo­nious way.”

PUB­LIC in Katan­ning is a part­ner­ship be­tween FORM and West­ern Power, with the sup­port of the Shire of Katan­ning.

West­ern Power chief ex­ec­u­tive Guy Chalk­ley said sup­port­ing the project was a great ex­am­ple of giv­ing back to the com­mu­ni­ties where peo­ple live and work, while sup­port­ing Katan­ning’s dis­tinct iden­tity with vi­brant art­works.

“We were ex­cited to be in­volved in PUB­LIC in Katan­ning — it shows West­ern Power’s in­volve­ment be­yond the ser­vices we pro­vide,” he said. “Our crews and fam­i­lies live in this com­mu­nity, with many ac­tively in­volved in de­vel­op­ing the project.

“The creativ­ity and de­signs were all im­pres­sive — it’s safe to say we’ll be stick­ing to what we do best, keep­ing com­mu­ni­ties safely con­nected to re­li­able net­work power.”

PUB­LIC in Katan­ning is a month-long cul­ture and art event, part of FORM’s Silo Trail ini­tia­tive.

FORM’s PUB­LIC project man­ager Rhi­anna Pez­zan­iti said the part­ner­ship be­tween FORM, West­ern Power and the Shire of Katan­ning played an im­por­tant part in its suc­cess.

“I wanted to say thank you, on be­half of FORM, to West­ern Power for the in­cred­i­ble part­ner­ship we have, and to the team at Katan­ning Shire for their sup­port,” she said.

Pic­tures: Sjanna San­dalova

Artist Brenton See half­way through his mu­ral on Carew Street with on­looker Jack­son Ma­son.

Rhi­anna Pez­zan­iti with Karim Jab­bari and one of his art­works.

Chris Nixon, Karim Jab­bari, Guy Chalk­ley and Dar­ren Hutchens.

Rhi­anna Pez­zan­iti opens The Core ex­hi­bi­tion.

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