In Lubricant City Chris Fox proposes a fantastic cityscape where structures slip and slide between austere skeletons and corporeal existence and in true Fox humour have all their foundations deeply rooted in food processing machinery components. Chris Fox’s vision is bifocal; micro and macro. Using these machine parts that ultimately fuel the belly of the city beast combined with hard woods used for scale modelling, Fox has created a notional city with place names worthy of a developer’s wet dream.
The Lubricant City constructions skate along the fine line between folly and practicality, combining the architectural and artistic. Neighbourhoods such as Pleasure Quays, Harmon Terrace and Tomorrow Market thrive in the delicacy of sublime angles and structural beauty, grounding this metropolis firmly in Utopia. Fox, an artist and graduate of architecture and visual arts, expands upon his previous investigations of the inner structures that lie beneath city’s living spaces such as plumbing, electrical cables, and water systems. His end of year project was an impressive materials research and creative production facility for Sydney’s inner city.
The Lubricant City constructions skate along the fine line between folly and practicality, combining the architectural and artistic.
Sapeli, Walnut, Coral and Ramin Hardwood, Pigment, Resin, Aluminium, Machine Components and Valves from Food Manufacturing and Mechanical Equipment
Essay Excerpt: Gallery Barry Keldoulis
Photography: Alex Kershaw