This exhibition aimed to change perceptions of landscape and country. It provided a fresh perspective on a theme that has always been at the forefront of the visual arts in Perth by acknowledging the resources-driven boom which the State experienced. The Yellow Vest Syndrome: recent west Australian art focused attention on a mindset that automatically equates economic development with progress, which arguably accompanied ‘the Boom’.
This title is derived from a persistent notion that if you are wearing a yellow work vest, you can get away with anything in Western Australia. The exhibition proposed that while many artists would distance themselves from this ‘gold rush’ mentality, they would not hesitate to don the vest, actual or metaphorical. They are always ready to exploit the cover afforded by its visibility when challenging prevailing ideas.
Pilar Matar Dupont
Brendan Van Hek