Piss off WestConnex

This public artwork was created in response to the NSW Liberal Government’s proposed toll road WestConnex, which is the largest infrastructure project in the world. Building works so far have devastated the suburbs of Haberfield and St Peters, and are likely to destroy much of the local Rozelle community. It will cost well over $20 billion, siphoning public funds away from much-needed public transport and into the coffers of Australia’s largest toll-road corporation, Transurban. All independent traffic analysts have said that WestConnex will not relieve congestion but worsen it by inviting more cars onto the roads.


Image: Denise Corrigan, David Watson and Mark Titmarsh PISS OFF WESTCONNEX, 2019, Acrylic paint on Marine Ply, 2 x 22 m, installed on temporary hoarding at ex-Tigers Leagues Club, Victoria Rd, Rozelle, Sydney, 25 February – 6 March 2019 Photograph: Mark Titmarsh


This is a preview of 'Piss off WestConnex'. The full article can be found in Art + Australia Issue Five.

Mark Titmarsh is a visual artist working in painting, video and writing. His paintings and screen work are held in public collections across Australia, including the NGA, NGV, AGNSW, QAGOMA, AGWA, MUMA, NFSA, and in private collections in Europe and the United States. His current work executed under the rubric of ‘expanded painting’ is painting about painting, or painting that dissimulates into objects, videos, performances and texts. His book Expanded Painting was published by Bloomsbury in 2017. He is currently a tenured, part time lecturer in the Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building, University of Technology Sydney, Australia, where he teaches Interdisciplinary Studies.


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