Tom Polo at the Art Gallery of New South Wales

23 February 2016

Tom Polo will be undertaking a large-scale wall painting at the Art Gallery of New South Wales during the 'Spectrum Now Festival' this March. Taking its cues from daily walks throughout the Art Gallery of New South Wales building, the content for this commission, WHAT GOES ON HERE, will be conceived entirely on site, changing and developing daily within the hours of 10am - 4pm (Wednesdays 2-8pm) during Spectrum Now.

On these walks throughout the gallery Polo aims to collect something additional each time: a historical reference, a detail of gallery architecture, a specific colour or shape, the expression of figure in a portrait, a snippet of banal conversation between visitors, an overheard opinion about a work in the galleries, a greeting with a member of staff, an encounter with a curious visitor. These aids will then be transformed and integrated into the unfolding wall painting, resulting in a visual recording of a specific space and time, one that may tell us something new about the Art Gallery.

The commission will be undertaken between March 2 and 13, with an artists talk commencing at 6pm on March 6.