10 August 2004 – 10 September 2004
APPROACHING THE BLOCK
Tin Sheds, Sydney University
Charles Cooper's paintings portray the changes to surface markings on roads at, or approaching, Sydney's inner- city neighbourhood known as the Block. Yellow and white diamonds overpainted with zig- zags; pedestrian plateaux that appear and disappear in response to changing policy. All the while, weather and usage erode the paint that continually refreshes, or alters, the signs directed at travellers on these streets. Spanning a decade, his canvases and panels also reveal changes in Cooper's approach to representing such markings as symbols of place (space + time) and demographic flux.