Collaboration is a fleeting thing. Gunning the creative engine so both muses fire to the same rhythm doesn't always catch, even if you have all the right parts in the right place. In the shadow of the city-wide laneway art projects around town, six street artists have braved joint artistry to fill up one of the laneways down the side of the Galeries. The narrow corridor will become a permanent home to art under the moniker of Lane Four, with its first show, Transient, an aMBUSH curated mash up of Sydney artists.
Three oversized panels along the wall of Lane Four's airy hanging space each mix the styles of two matching artists. A calm Beastman creature is paired with a Phibbs three-colour face, Numskull's cellular geometry with Jumbo's leaky bird men and Max Berry's floating figures to complement Mark Alsweiler's naturalistic renderings. The results are large-scale works that seem to expand with dreams of colour, fauna and open plains. Lane Four is far from Sydney's only micro-gallery, but sitting on top of Town Hall station and easily discovered by a stray glance, it may prove to be the most accessible.