Annual open entry show
8th to 22nd March
Sally Tape . Kieran Stewart . Alisa Tanaka-King . Sandra Peles . Leah Muddle . Kerrie Elliot . Kirsty MacCalman . Alice Hutchison . Robyn Grove . Michelle Luckman . Catherine Connolly . Royce . Leith Walton . Alison Hanly . Candice Cranmer . Nick Hall . Io . Sofya Martynova . Michelle Luckman . Kirsty MacCalman . Alister Karl . Dion Chuter . Jennifer O’Connell . Simone DePetro . James Alexander Wray . Alice Buscombe . Claire Manning . Susanne Pearce . Mark Holsworth . Alisa Tanaka-King . Jacqui Moyle . Stuart Walsh . Kerrie Manning . Benjamin Webb . Yvette King . Lisa Bow . Sandra Peles
A collective exhibition exploring the expansion of consciousness
18th April - 3rd May
Day . Mishka Beckmann . Seame Campbell . David Doyle . Billy Flett . Greg Gonzalez . Antonia Green . Jason Hendrickson . Eva Green . Allison Hanly . Jeshika . Jett . Tritia Kam . Dave Mankey . Omniculture . Orryelle . Suzie Scholem . Leah Weiss . Elaine M Stevenson . Dianna Tarr . Yona
Curated by Jeshika
Solo shows by Charlotte Ghaie, Matthew Domenic Salvo and Luke Perillo
20th June - 5th July
Luke Perillo "The where I see it."
The Where I See It, new works by Luke Perillo, could be a kind of memory of the journey: a recollection of past holidays or imagined scenes from books or tourist brochures. The work consists of miniature landscapes constructed atop and within plinths placed around the gallery space. The landscapes range from a desert highway to a gravesite in a pet cemetery. While one could imagine that each landscape that these dioramas are based would be quite unique and diverse they are collected together by the artist with almost obsessive detail and attention to scale and the gallery becomes a space for (re) collecting these landscapes, these fragments and traces of the memory of the journey together. The journeys and the experience of the landscapes become constructed spaces.
Artist Luke Perillo’s commitment to technical and precise construction are evident in this work, as is his uncanny sense of the whimsical in the placement of a scaled ladder, which reaches from the floor to the ceiling, in the centre of the gallery space and model scaffolding with a poster advertising the word “trouble” above it. Is this the “trouble” we experience with memory, of never being able to completely (re) collect and having to construct or fashion spaces in the here and now, or does it allude to the troubled landscape? With Perillo’s work these questions of interpretation are placed before the viewer within the installation space
Matthew Domenic Salvo "Solo show"
Matthew Domenic Salvo describes his art process as a dance around the canvas. He states, “For me painting has become a dance, finding either static or harmonious balance resulting in a cataclysmic beauty of emotionally charged images spawned by musical influence and environment”.
His gestural mark making on large canvases alongside his use of colour and layered textures display strong links to his obvious influences of abstract expressionism and Kandinsky’s writings on connections with the spiritual in art, painting, music and colour. It is tempting to direct a discussion of Salvo’s work to discourse about the persistence of abstract expressionism but that seems somehow dismissive and rhetorical.
While Salvo’s paintings focus strongly on formalist aspects of colour, line and movement in their search for balance between figuration and abstraction there is something compelling about the remnants of his dance with the canvas that generously communicates the effects of music on the psyche and imagination.
Charlotte Ghaie "Exotic Postcards"
Charlotte Ghaie’s Exotic Postcards involve a process of dressing female subjects in a variety of costumes and accessories, which will reference or mimic certain female celebrities, who at one point or another, have been documented in tabloid magazines during very public episodes of ‘descent;’ exhibiting ‘hysterical’ behavior, and who are constantly being brought back to their physicality: major weight gain/loss, grooming, wardrobe, cosmetic surgery etc. Their garish makeup, disheveled wigs and various accessories reference – even in their inebriated fancy-dress-party context – the ‘fashioned self’, the absorption and interpretation of popular culture from a young age, the pedestal we place celebrities on, and the inevitable positioning of female celebrities in the grotesque realm.
Solo shows by Lisa Bow, Kate Watts and Alison Hanly
1st - 16th August
Lisa Bow "Teardrops in the rain"
A series of candid photographic images, exploring the complex bond of family
Kate Watts "Golden Age"
An anthropological study.
Alison Hanly "The Red balloon project"
Welcome to Project Red Balloon.
I am Alison Hanly, a Melbourne (Australia) based artist. You can read about my art practice at http://alisonhanly.blogspot.com
The idea for this project came about because a song got stuck in my head. I had been to see a local theatre performance and in it they sang the old 80's song '99 Red Balloons' by German band Nena.
It stayed in my head for a good seven or eight days, and all the while I was getting images of red balloons in beautiful skies... clouds, clear blue, twilight, night. Everywhere I went I was looking at the sky and seeing red balloons.
So I decided to have a show. I have been working on elephants as my subject matter for the last two years and, although I have many more plans for those lovely, big beasts in my art work, it was time to do something a bit different, new imagery, new colours... I started to really look forward to doing something simple and absolutely aesthetically LUSH
I started taking lots of photos of skys and thinking about skylines and buildings and times of day and weather. I bought a packet of red balloons... I booked a gallery.
I had the brainwave of actually releasing 99 red balloons from the top of a local building, filming it from two or three angles and projecting that in the gallery space. I had another brainwave of tagging each balloon like we did as kids and getting people to contact me when they found one, and telling me where they discovered it...
But then a few people mentioned the environmental factor, and as much as i didn't want to let go of the idea, I kind of felt like it wouldn't be so cool anymore... :(
but guess what happened then?!?!?!
I had another brainwave!
I thought, 'there has to be a way to do this in cyber space.'
And came up with the idea of emailing 99 people 99 red balloons, each one a different picture and get people to forward them on to only one other person and also reply to me and tell me a bit about themselves. (See the 'If you have received a balloon' post for the instructions I have given)
I thought it would be awesome to see how far they travel, what sort of convoluted winds blow around the world in cyber space. I'm going to work on getting a google earth map up so we can track each balloon. I was also interested to see what people come up with if they are inspired to give me a bit more than the very basic info.
So I am posting summaries of some of the responses so that people can see which balloons have had interesting things happen. I'm also posting links and snippets of what I find in my red balloon research.
Short performance and installation!
24th, 25th and 31st Oct. 1st and 7th Nov
Doors open 6.45. $5
Nat Grant and Witness Girl
Plastikos written and performed by James Wray, with Erin Voth
I love Melbourne written and performed by Andrew Scarborough
Other more beautiful lives created by Robert D Jordan
Closing Night the 7th Nov
This is not right performed by the Artlife Theatre group
Candle Ends is an experimental mix of performance and installation being exhibited at Brunswick Arts Space from the 24th October until the 7th November. Candle Ends is a fluid performance, the audience are not seated and there is no separation between the audience and performers.
Showcasing performances with no common theme other than that they are all about the performative; all the acts are about the body acting in space and the remnants of the performance becomes the absence of the performer. Just as art does not truly exists unless the viewer view it, these performances show signs of existing but don’t exists until they are acted upon.
The space of the gallery changes its persona into a performance space the gallery itself starts to exist on the fringe of the fringe. The Event exhibits radically experimental artists, many of whom will go on to change the face of their artistic disciplines.
So come and join in the fun and experimental vibe over five nights of performances, just $5 at the door for 7 fantastic acts.
15th - 29th November
Vince Berlingeri . Alison Hanly . Elise Hurst . Alister Karl . Grant Nimmo . Maxine Salvatore Shannon Smiley . Jen Tait . Erin Voth . Benjamin Webb . James Wray .
The larger the holes in the plot, the more obvious the string and sticky tape, the smaller the budget…The better it is
A selection of artists create work inspired by some of the worst films ever made.
Opening Friday 5th Dec 6-9pm
ART PROJECT/Fundraiser/Silent Auction
Brunswick Arts Space has organized a mail art project and exhibition called GOING POSTAL. Focusing of the theme of COMMUNICATION artists/writers/performers/musicians have submitted works by post which explore/experiment with the way we communicate in today’s/yesterday/ tomorrow’s world.
We have received works in boxes, on disks in tubes on postcards and in old fashioned envelopes all in the post. The Work has come from all around the world, all around the country and from local Melbourne artists as well.
Come and enjoy the festivities of opening night and be part of the silent auction.