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A Short Ride in a Fast Machine: 1985 - 2005

Installation View of the Office / Reading Room in 'A Short Ride In A Fast Machine; 1985-2005', 200 Gertrude Street, 2005.

22 July -
27 August 2005

200 Gertrude Street

200 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy

2005 marked Gertrude Contemporary’s 20th anniversary, and the organisation celebrated with a major exhibition and publication. The exhibition component of A Short Ride in a Fast Machine ran from 22 July - 27 August 2005. For the first time in 200 Gertrude Street's 20-year history, the entire building was engaged by a dynamic and multi-faceted exhibition which looked over Gertrude's 20-year history and also towards its future, by presenting exciting works which continued Gertrude's commitment to presenting the latest innovations in exploratory, critically-engaged contemporary art practice. As well as Gertrude's 3 gallery spaces, visitors had the opportunity to explore 200 Gertrude Street's corridors, studios and stairwells through a myriad of works installed throughout the building. The Gertrude studios housed collaborations between past and present Gertrude studio artists; and a digital archive of exhibitions, studios, openings and events held at Gertrude over the past 20 years was presented in the back room, alongside a comprehensive collection of catalogues, journals, publications and other significant texts which have influenced and expanded Australia's visual culture.


  • Penelope Aitken
  • Guy Benfield
  • Damiano Bertoli
  • Kate Beynon
  • Terri Bird
  • Sandra Bridie
  • Louisia Bufardeci
  • Janet Burchill
  • Christian Chapurro
  • Peta Clancy
  • A Constructed World
  • Kate Cotching
  • Nadine Christensen
  • Tony Clark
  • Cate Consandine
  • Lane Cormick
  • Martine Corompt
  • Damp Julie Davies
  • Sue Dodd
  • Kim Donaldson
  • Colin Duncan
  • Leslie Eastman
  • Emily Floyd
  • Alicia Frankovich
  • Kate Fulton
  • Starle Geikie
  • Mira Gojak
  • Julia Gorman
  • Bianca Hester

The exhibition was supported by Proclaim; the City of Yarra; and the William Paxton Charitable Trust and the Oliver-Affleck Fund, managed by Perpetual. The publication was supported by the Australia Council; Gordon Darling Foundation; Helen MacPherson Smith Trust; and the William Paxton Charitable Trust and the Oliver-Affleck Fund, managed by Perpetual.

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