Terrace nights, projections bring CAM façade to life

Image: Michael Corridore, Untitled 13, photograph, 2006. Courtesy the artist.

Castlemaine Art Museum launched its new ‘Terrace Nights and Terrace Projections’ series last Friday.

The new series of exhibitions, installations and public programs will be running from now until mid-2023.

The series kicked off with contemporary photographer Michael Corridore’s photographic collection Angry Black Snake projected on the gallery façade.

At sunset every night, Angry Black Snake is the first in CAM’s series of Terrace Projections on the gallery’s art deco façade. Each Terrace Projection will be accompanied by public programming series, Terrace Nights.

CAM has always enjoyed the support of the Castlemaine community and celebrated local stories. The challenges of the past two years have further strengthened the need for spaces of connection, reflection and new ideas. CAM’s Terrace series responds by looking out towards the diverse communities of contemporary Castlemaine and reimagining the gallery’s role as a hub for arts and community engagement.

From February 2022 to mid-2023, CAM will commission seven local and national artists to respond to a range of relevant topics such as First Nations and queer communities, industry, incarceration and young people.

The first focuses on Castlemaine’s world-renowned car culture.

As well as featuring the work of Australian photographer Michael Corridore, the program also includes a drawing class with essayist and comics artist Eloise Grills, plus a debate on the merits of car culture into the 21st century with local and national experts.

Michael Corridore’s photographic series Angry Black Snake contrasts the joy of gathering in celebration with dream-like scenery that is neither distinctly pleasant nor clearly post-apocalyptic. Corridore’s contextless figures elicit a sense of unease in the viewer that remains unceasingly relevant in conversations around man’s impact upon the environment.

Corridore’s 20-year artistic career spans photography, motion, painting and scoring music for motion-based projects. He has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions throughout Australia, Europe and the USA and his work is included in public and private collections across the globe. Angry Black Snake was the winner of the Aperture Foundation’s Portfolio Prize and was exhibited in their New York gallery in 2010.