If You Can Stand The Glare is a site-specific installation by locally based artists Aloe Corry, Juliet Fleming and Joanna Georghadjis. Corry, Fleming and Georghadjis’ floor-based collaboration responds to Carliol House’s first floor foyer and the unique space in which GOLDTAPPED is situated.
Carliol House was constructed from 1924-8 by Tait, Burnet and Lorne as the purpose-built headquarters of North Eastern Electric Supply Company. This later became Northern Electric. Carliol House has been derelict for over 10 years. Carliol House has been home to the Newcastle-based chapter of The NewBridge Project for the past two years.
The floor of the GOLDTAPPED gallery gives evidence to the evolution of this building. The original flooring was terrazzo, poured in place or precast. This was also used for floor and wall treatments throughout the space. Terrazzo is a composite material consisting of chips of marble, quartz, granite, and glass. In the GOLDTAPPED foyer, squares of terrazzo have been lined with golden metal edging. Over the years, this flooring has been covered with concrete render and carpet tiles.
The artists have used this evolving foyer as inspiration to create this floor installation. Incorporating their varied practices, and drawing upon their commonalities, Corry, Fleming, and Georghadjis worked together to create a multi-layered composition. This work highlights the crevasses and physical history embedded in the floor, as well as the personal symbols and histories of each artist.