gary deirmendjian selected works

strata 2011



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:::: site specific installation, Willoughby Incinerator Art Space - see "special notes" below for details
:::: finalist, Willoughby Sculpture Prize 2011
:::: salvaged packaging refuse from general household consumables; shopping trolley; purpose-built timber perimeter fence
:::: 0.9m (height) x 3.15m x 3.63m

The installtion is contained above the glassed floor section identifying the one time drop chute of the Incinerator, and thus may be experienced from above and from below. That is looking down upon the heap when at ground level, and looking up the atrium when two levels below.


artist statement

strata re-represents the sheen, colour and tease that dress our factory born consumables. The very stuff that we beautifully think once taken home, torn into and placed in the right coloured bins, has ceased to become our problem.

The work exploits the architectural opportunities of the three storey refurbished Incinerator, achieving its form and aesthetic from its salvaged medium of mass-produced disposable packaging from household consumables.

While there are strong suggestive echoes between the work’s medium and the one time sole purpose for the building, the actuality of the content is directly demonstrable of the very ways and means of Western consumerist societies.


special notes

The installation, was undertaken within the context of Willoughby Incinerator, originally designed by Walter Burley Griffin. It is now converted into an arts space.