Deconstructing Ways

Related to City Art
Installed from 23 September 2011 to 31 January 2012
A collaged mural on the corner of a building that resembles a laneway extending away from the viewer.
A cyclist rides past a collaged mural on the corner of a building that resembles a laneway extending away from the viewer.

A photographic installation created the illusion of another laneway, distorted but strangely more real than reality.

Artist: Isidro Blasco
Curator: Amanda Sharrad, Justine Topfer
This artwork was temporary and is no longer at this location.

Artwork description

Deconstructing Ways was a photographic installation on the corner of Market Row and Mullins Street, which consisted of a series of images mounted on a collage of wooden boards.

The images were photographs of the existing laneway, taken from slightly different perspectives and at different times of the day. Together, the inverted photographs created the illusion of another laneway leading off from the junction – a distorted mirror image of the view down Market Row.

Deconstructing Ways creates a parallel world for your imagination to step into.

“Walking toward the intersection of Mullins Street and Market Row, you will now find yourself at a 5-way crossroad. Overnight, another option to the usual route has appeared – an inverted, mirror-like image of Market Row as a new laneway.

“You are stopping at a place you walk through or pass by, but have never really looked at before. It takes you a moment to realise what you are seeing: a reconstruction of the space that surrounds you, distorted but strangely more real than the street you are standing on. For a second or 2 you will be surprised that your own image is not actually reflected in that new street … or is it?

“The acute perspective has a vortex-like effect. Although you cannot walk through it, your mind is guided into another way of looking at reality, where the multiple aspects and details of any living moment are broken down and represented through a layering and overlapping of surfaces to create perspective and three-dimensional volume.”

– Isidro Blasco


Isidro Blasco was born in Spain and was educated at the University of Madrid and the Architectural School of Madrid. He now lives and works in New York.

In his work Blasco combines digital photography and common building materials to reconstruct interior and exterior spaces as three-dimensional sculptures.

He has won multiple awards for his work, and has participated in solo and group exhibitions in Australia, Europe, the US, South America and Asia. His art is held in several public collections worldwide, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

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