His new exhibition Time shines a light on the working class, transporting audiences to mid-century Melbourne through eleven dressed installations that take over the hidden upper level and ballroom of Flinders Street Station.
Time follows the artist’s ground-breaking Burnham Beeches outing, Empire, which saw the transformation of a faded Art Deco mansion in the Dandenong Ranges, and most recently, Rone in Geelong, which offered a comprehensive survey of his work of the past two decades.
My local is The Rose Hotel. I have a few in Fitzroy, but this one I easily frequent the most when I’ve got a hankering for a classic pub meal.
I know I’m in Melbourne when I see a line around the corner for a banh mi bakery that has been there for 20 years.
In the mornings you’ll find me somewhere between home, childcare and Flinders Street station.
My defining food moment in Melbourne was when I discovered Victoria Street 20 years ago.
My favourite place to stock up on supplies is Bunnings. Because, Bunnings.
The best new thing I’ve found is the rockling roll at Code Black, North Melbourne.
When I want to push the boat out on a meal, I go to Vue de Monde. The level of detail and attention that goes into every single component of every dish is staggering.
When I want to dazzle friends from out of town, I like to take them to the pub. I never realised how lucky we are to have the pub culture we have here in Melbourne.
When I want to drink something Victorian, my first choice is Four Pillars gin.
There’s no better value in Melbourne than Sunny’s Bakery on Smith Street in Collingwood.
If I could change one thing about eating and drinking here it would be to bring back spontaneity! I know why we needed to get booking systems in place over Covid, but I really miss being able to make spontaneous plans with friends.
But the one thing I hope never changes in Melbourne is the embracing of food, art and culture. It enables supportive communities and means anyone can give something a shot.