For the past three years I have been drawing industrial subjects around Sydney, including the coal loader at Ball’s Head, the brickworks at Newtown and the old heavy goods line at Annandale.
The drawings in this exhibition are of discarded machinery at Cockatoo Island, once the largest dockyard in Australia. It was decommissioned in late 1991 as shipbuilding moved elsewhere, ending 150 years of industry on this most iconic of Harbour islands.
Mark Stiles is an architecture graduate from Sydney University who went on to have careers in film-making and teaching. He received his PhD from the University of New South Wales in 2010 for a thesis on the reception of John Ruskin’s ideas in Australia. Since then Mark has been drawing and writing about the architectural heritage of Sydney. Places of Work is the third exhibition he has curated at the Incinerator Art Space, following The Unity of Art and Life : Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin (2013) and Japan : Australian Perspectives (2015).