Jonathan Zawada

Blackout in a Glasshouse, 2016

I was commissioned to create a public art piece as a response to the controversial lockout laws that were being proposed for the Brisbane cosmopolitan area,
following the extremely disruptive lockout laws in effect in Sydney. Throughout this process I wanted to illustrate the risk the government
takes by focusing on the negatives, they would be removing the conditions which facilitate positives. I was aiming to explore the ways in where
there is a healthy culture with many aspects to it and there are certain conditions – ones that may be messy or artificially induced,
which ultimately lead to unique states that are beautiful.

 

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The greenhouse acts as nightlife in microcosm and flowers drinking tonic water and performing
these unexpected acts of beauty under black light are a parallel for that human experience.

 

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The glasshouse also serves a secondary function as it is shelter for a very fragile set of circumstances that lead to beauty,
but also in a subtly changed state can be something totally sterile, micromanaged and devoid of wild energy.

 

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Blackout in a Glasshouse was initially installed as a part of Brisbane’s James Street Resort festival.
It has since been installed on Brunswick Mall, Brisbane.