You Are Neither Here Nor There
You Are Neither Here Nor There is an exhibition presented by the USC Art Gallery, featuring the works of Queensland artist Sam Cranstoun. The exhibition brings together four projects created during the first decade of Cranstoun’s research-driven practice. The subjects explored in the exhibition include Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House, the Memphis motel where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, and the life of Constantinos Apostolou Doxiadis, a Greek architect and town planner who immigrated to Brisbane after World War II but ended up becoming a tomato grower in the city’s south. These histories serve as case studies to examine the complex legacy of modernism and its unrealised utopian goals of political and social change. The exhibition includes the sculptural installation Look Out!, created in response to the initial wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. The human-scaled observational towers resemble minimalist sculptures from the 1960s, while also acknowledging increasing surveillance in both online and real-life contexts. New paintings that further Cranstoun’s investigations into modernist art and design, the built environment and capitalism are also featured. You Are Neither Here Nor There shows from August 26 to October 28, 2023.