Simon Ingram
Smoking Bolts

2 May – 16 Jun 2013

Above: Simon Ingram, 'Smoking Bolts', 2013, installation view, week 3, Artspace, Sydney, Photo: Silversalt Photography
43–51 Cowper Wharf Roadway
Woolloomooloo NSW 2011
Sydney Australia

Three machines comprising Smoking Bolts occupy the walls of the Artspace gallery clearly marking new painting compositions that change progressively throughout the duration of the exhibition. These painting robots  are operated remotely by the artist in New Zealand and by Artspace staff to enact a trans-Tasman painting collaboration that reframes painting’s traditional mode of production. The machines leave a constant trace of their presence as a reference to the open dialogue between the artwork and contemporary technology. The title of the exhibition is derived from the culture of the heist, or break-in, where something valuable is snatched leaving nothing behind but the smoking bolts. 

Smoking Bolts is presented in association with ISEA 2013. Simon Ingram’s project and residency is supported by Creative New Zealand.