Image: Phoebe Tran, After install ends, 2021, corduroy pants, linen shirt; moss, dimensions variable. Photography by Rebecca Mansell

Image: Rob Kettels, Mineral Rites, 2021, salt, lighting gel, audio, acrylic paint, 437 x 890 x 539cm. Photography by Rebecca Mansell

Image: Zev Weinstein, (photographs L-R), Breathe, 2016, 35mm photograph on Hahnemuhle satin rag, 96 x 67cm, edition 1/10. Osho, 2020, found image on Hahnemuhle satin rag, 96 x 59cm, edition 1/10. Mala, 2018, 35mm photograph on Hahnemuhle satin rag, 96 x 67cm, edition 1/10. Zev Weinstein, Ecstatic television, 2021, CRT TV and single channel video, 11 mins 8 secs. Song credit: I can only bliss out (F’days), Laraaji. Photography by Rebecca Mansell

Image: Phoebe Clarke, A breath felt, 2021, felt, fire bellow, video with sound, dimensions variable. Photography by Rebecca Mansell

Image: Hugh Thomson, Pyramid Scheme (detail), 2020-21, wood, copper, leather, nails, electrical components, synthesizers, 25 x 120 x 120cm. Photography by Rebecca Mansell

Image: Dan Bourke with his work Hit Counter, 2020-21, single channel video and Raspberry Pi with camera, HTML, CSS, Javascript, Python, 20 min. Photography by Rebecca Mansell

Image: Maxxi Minaxi May, The light crystals, 2021, FSC wood and plastic rulers, glue, 33 x 11 x 198cm. Photography by Rebecca Mansell

Image: Tyrown Waigana (L-R) Unpacking, 2021, digital animation, 37 secs. Clean up, 2021, ink on cotton paper, 42 x 30cm. Painting, 2021, polymer clay. Photography by Rebecca Mansell

Image: Angela Ferolla, A particular garden before (detail), 2021, screenprinted and handpainted acrylic paint on concrete, dimensions variable. Photography by Rebecca Mansell

Image: Hansdieter Zeh, Clearing (L) and The Fertile Ground (R), 2021, inkjet print on archival paper, 240 x 180cm each. Photograph by Rebecca Mansell

A Forest of Hooks and Nails will now open 10am Thu 11 Feb, with an official opening event to follow 6:30pm Fri 19 Feb.

Presented in association with Perth Festival

Artists often work a range of side jobs to get by. Exhibition install is a prized side hustle, providing close contact with art and the industry, and making use of their creative knowledge and versatile skills.

Working with artists, curators, designers and other staff, they combine their varied, ever-expanding skills to create elegant exhibitions, seemingly effortlessly. The sign of a good install team is when you don’t notice all the work they’ve done; they’re silent and invisible, essential yet often unrecognised.

In A Forest of Hooks and Nails this dynamic gets flipped on its head. The install crew are the artists.

With years of insider knowledge and an intimate understanding of the space, the artists will create new artworks specific to the building and its history.

A Forest of Hooks and Nails will feature a variety of media. Some artists will shine a light on their favourite nooks and crannies while some respond to the materials and processes commonly used to construct, hang, display and light an exhibition. Others are delving into the politics and economy of work, labour, production and industry, while some artists will investigate the community and people closely linked to this Fremantle icon.

Through their varied investigative outcomes, these artists will turn Fremantle Arts Centre inside out and put it back together again, presenting an insightful and enriching look behind the scenes of these hallowed galleries.

Exhibiting Artists

Dan Bourke
Phoebe Clarke
Angela Ferolla
Rob Kettels
Maxxi Minaxi May
Hugh Thomson
Phoebe Tran
Tyrown Waigana
Zev Weinstein
Hansdieter Zeh

Curated by Tom Freeman, FAC Install Coordinator

In the press

Read the full exhibition media release for more information.

Artist Profiles

Visit the Perth Festival website to view the full program.

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