A new ephemeral art installation, The Size of Air will transport Brisbane’s striking blue sky to the pavement in an immersive activation in the Queen Street Mall for three days only from 25 October 2017.
Created by experiential artist Kinly Grey – a pop-up cube with transparent walls will be filled with a thick white fog, with images of a clear blue sky projected across its surface. Visitors entering the calm and reflective cube will walk into a piece of the river city’s sky.
Reducing the field of vision to a dim blur, The Size of Air invites a slower, stiller way of being in the city, transforming Brisbane’s distant sky into a substance their whole bodies can be immersed in, bringing the wonder of the blue sky to the streets.
The Size of Air is the twelfth instalment of Grey’s blue series – an experiment with scale and space to produce immersive, sensory, site-specific environments and ephemeral works inside and outside of galleries. Grey is interested in staging experiences that heighten visceral perception and bodily thinking, and exploring the moments of intense feeling that arise through these experiences.
Kieran Swann of McCarthy-Swann Projects says the wondrous urban activation will transform the Brisbane location through inventive, contemporary visions and distinct local character. “The Size of Air art installation invites all to experience a new reflection on the Brisbane cityscape – ephemeral and experiential. It’s a chance to experience art in our city in a new way,” said Mr Swann.
Kinly Grey creates experiential environments or situations, as well as instructional, video, and performative works; that are often site-specific and ephemeral. Occurring inside and outside of the gallery, Kinly’s works experiment with scale and space to produce immersive, sensory environments.
Grey completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Visual Arts) with Honours (First Class) at Queensland University of Technology in 2014. Kinly has held solo shows with Brisbane based artist run spaces Clutch Collective and Cut Thumb, and has their work in group shows at leading contemporary art spaces Metro Arts and Boxcopy.
The Size of Air
Queen Street Mall, Brisbane (outside H&M/Uniqlo)
Dates: 25 – 27 October 2017 (4.00 – 8.00pm)
For more information, visit: www.mccarthyswann.com for details.
Image: Kinly Grey, Blue 4 – Smoke Room, 2013 (installation view) – photo by Kinly Grey