Walk or roll over new Freo art exhibit

Artist Trevor Richards takes the weight off his feet atop his carpet art. Pic: Andrew Ritchie d493767b.
Artist Trevor Richards takes the weight off his feet atop his carpet art. Pic: Andrew Ritchie d493767b.

FOR visual artist Trevor Richards, his large-scale carpet installation is not just any old carpet.

The exhibition titled Ground Plane will be on display on the floor of the main gallery at the Fremantle Arts Centre.

Mr Richards said he started doing different projects involving working on horizontal surfaces.

“I was down in Freo during the High Tide Festival where I did a section of road on Mouat Street,” he said.

“The curator of the Fremantle Arts Centre saw that particular work and had the idea of me producing work just using the floor of the main gallery.

“The pattern that I am using is derived from a fourth century Roman ruin mosaic in Turkey.

“I’ve reinvented it with my colours and the space that it is placed in.”

The carpet will allow viewers to walk, sit or even lie on the work.

Mr Richards said it was designed to be an immersive experience for the viewer.

“In a way it enables the viewer to feel part of the work, not a separate entity in front of the artwork,” he said.

“As they move across the work, the perspective changes and alters the way the shape looks; it creates a whole range of experiences.

“I hope they feel energised and have a great experience interacting with it.”

He said the name of the exhibition was inspired for two reasons: ‘ground’ referring to the land we walk on and ‘plane’ being the vehicle used for journeys.

THE ESSENTIALS:

WHAT: Ground Plane

WHEN: Opens from Friday, June 7 to Sunday, July 21

WHERE: Fremantle Arts Centre