COMMERCE - HOW WE SHOPPED . ARTIST
Anthony Hordern & Sons – Gone, 2016
2 colour Screen print, 38 cm x 55 cm
Chris Bonnily’s artistic practice is focused on the role that history, memory and place play in both the individual and communal psyche.
In 2016 Bonnily completed his Master of Fine Arts (Research) at Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney. His research and creative work illustrates the story of the abandonment of Walsh Bay Wharves, through the notions of history, memory, place and ruins. Bonnily chose Walsh Bay Wharves as the primary element of his research project because of their significant place in Australia’s industrial development, their abandonment due to technological and economic changes, and their re-invention as a residential, tourism and creative industries hub. He looked at how contemporary observers view the history of Walsh Bay Wharves and by doing this, allowed audiences to engage with their own memories of place and reflect on their own situation.