QT aspires to reflect the local area in the interior space of each of its hotels. For this particular project we took into consideration Melbourne's sense of European urbanism and ensured the artworks selected for QT Melbourne contributed to this experience.
In the reception is L.A. based artist Jennifer Steinkamp's The Invisible Man, which channels fashion and materiality in an animated exploration of space, motion and phenomenology. The Invisible Man exemplifies the relationship between negative and positive spaces, animated surfaces and film culture while also providing an upbeat nuanced greeting for guests as they check in.
Dan Moynihan’s work Bricks and Mortar showcases architectural elements from Melbourne’s own Monash University and transforms them into a gleaming façade of mirrored brickwork. The vernacular of the everyday is translated into something sleek and something brilliant that seamlessly reflects its surrounds.
The stairwell is vibrantly activated by Hiromi Tango’s Dynamic, a three-dimensional collage that is composed of colourful woven textiles and neon, which acts a metaphor for the complex interconnectivity of memory.
Tony Garagilakis' Mob Rule and Bloodline series', located in The Paramount, assaults the viewer with defaced portraits of leaders, disguised to interrogate structors of power and agency through the act of visual censorship.
The reception is home to Gabriella and Silvana Magano’s visually engaging and succinct video work Performance Compositions for Sculpture (1-9). The multiple screens depict the artist’s hands interacting with a myriad of found objects from the streets of New York, accompanied by the projection of repetitive and ritualistic noises that quietly echo within the space.
The installation Readers Digest by Australian based duo Sean Cordeiro and Clare Healy is an accumulation of thousands of books, ranging from popular fiction to old encylopaedias and self help. In keeping with the film noir aesthetics of QT hotel, the book spines are either black or white and as they travel upwards move from dark to light and return to dark tones. These books are amassed together to form the hotel library for guests who are too busy to read.
Grant Stevens’ digital video The Drift plays on the television screens of the guest rooms and projects a floating field of swirling coloured orbs and phrases that assemble an online dating profile of a young creative professional searching for love.
Janet Burchill and Jennifer McCamley’s neon installation Interpretation of dreams mobile energises the surrounding space in its projection of tantalisingly bright neon colours and swirling spirals that tread between being garish and hypnotic.