Kedela wer kalyakoorl ngalak Wadjak boodjak yaak.

Today and always, we stand on the traditional land of the Whadjuk Noongar people.

Wade Taylor that explains the sirens 2021 (detail, work in progress). Oil and acrylic on wood, 162 x 488 cm (overall) 4 parts 162 x 122 cm (each). Courtesy of the artist.

Wade Taylor

Level 1 Concourse
Until 28 February

Two new large-scale oil paintings depict a Bunnings store set ablaze and a raging house fire, exploring the strange connections we form with the mundane.

Whether depicting a forlornly empty block of land or eruptions of human and natural mayhem, Wade Taylor’s suburban gothic balances a fascination with the expressive substance of paint and the expressive potential of local sites, legends and events.

Here AGWA presents two new commissions — his largest paintings yet — documenting two suburban fires as “catastrophes”; vivid ruptures in the fabric of the usual. Taylor uses their scale to intimately involve us in this strange break in the everyday. that explains the sirens is a take on the fire that engulfed Bunnings Inglewood the year before. He was attracted to the subject as an emblem of “what makes the news”.

“[We have] this almost humorous and bizarre allegiance to these places. We don’t shy away from it, we lean into it.” — Wade Taylor, The View From Here 2021

Meanwhile, we know where u live shows the flaming destruction of a house in Bedford; a place he had recently moved out of after living there for nearly ten years. In both, Taylor opens out the composition to locate us alongside the emergency crews and eye-witnesses; he bathes us in the lurid zone of emergency.