Opening Friday 3rd Feb 6 to 9pm
4th to 12th Feb
Brunswick Arts annual fundraiser and open entry prize.
First prize: Free show at Brunswick Arts!
Second prize: $50 Deans Art voucher
Peoples choice: $50 Organic food hamper
Brunswick Arts has kicked off every year with the Entry show since 2006. Entry is an annual competition where artists go in the running for awesome prizes including a free show at Brunswick Arts, art supplies and more.
First and second prizes are judged by the committee, and there's also a People's Choice ballot on opening night.
This year we have over 50 artists, and it's shaping up to be bigger and better than ever (who thought it was possible?)
Opening night is Friday 3rd Feb, 6 to 9pm - bring your cousins!
Entry 2012 gallery
Nellie Rogerson . Rosina Prestia . Takahiro Maedea . Jaqui Shelton . Ruby Pilven . Chia-Liang (Lisa) Kao . Chloe McColl . Alexandra Inman . Hind Habib . Tess Healy . Troy Christmass . Ben Carollo . Renuka Rajiv . Carol Swain . Alison Kennedy . Jedder Jones . Jeff Kossew . Melanie Irwin . Zoe Croggon . Drasko Boljevic . Heidi Kozar . Max Plumly . klara fletcher . Susie Lachal . Elspeth MacLaurin . Yuna Chun . Max White . Dean Monk . Jan Flanagan . Daniel Stojkovich . Callum Linsell . Brooke Randall . Vittoria Di Stefano . Linda George . Jan Flanagan . Dhiyanah Hassan . Rachael Zander . Duaa Gabres . Katherine gailer . Anna Rowbury . Diana Dodson . Valentina Palonen . Nicky Fraser . Lily Fraser . Rhan Cockburn . Vanessa Church
Opening 24th Feb, 6 to 9pm
25th Feb to 10th March
Lyndal May Stewart
Each year, LAUNCH brings together a group of recent graduates from higher education institutions around Melbourne. Always a highlight of the year’s exhibition calendar, LAUNCH is a survey of some of the year's most dynamic, diverse and insightful new work.
reflections on echoes
Opening 16th March, 6 to 9pm
17th to 25th March
James Halliburton . Leon van de Graaff . Camila Galaz . Ren Walters . Alister Karl . Georgina Anderson
"Sounds make sounds make sounds make sounds. Echoes come back to their origins. The way we talk about what we hear reverberates wide and near. This show is about what is made of these sounds of sounds of sounds..."
Curated by John Stevens
Solo shows by Liz Walker, Anastasia Booth and group show Visual Masturbation
Opening 13th April, 6 to 9pm
14th to 29th April
A trace of residence
There are hidden meanings and mysteries in forgotten fragments and traces of the past. There is beauty in decay and the aesthetics of that process. There is awe-inspiring perfection in natural objects which so often remain unnoticed and over looked .All these elements come together in trace of residence-a project undertaken during the Laughing Waters artist residency, 2011 and the Hill End artist in residence program 2012.
During daily walks around Birrarung in Eltham and Murrays Cottage and the historic village of Hill End, glass and ceramic shards, feathers, insects, bones, leaves and flowers were collected and reinterpreted in found materials before being returned to their original location- therefore causing no disturbance to the natural landscape. Constructed in multiples or as single pieces and presented in an archeological display reminiscent of the museum , these works draw attention to the glorious aesthetics of the humble, hidden world around us- one which too often goes unnoticed in the mad rush of daily life.
Anastasia Booth is a Brisbane artist who uses sculpture and installation to redefine the position of female desire in sexual fetish. Booth plays with the idea of fetish as an instrumental strategy, seeing it as a mode to work across different theoretical and material discourses. In her work the play between explicit and implicit depiction creates an ambiguity that has suggestive potency, where fragmentation and dysfunction initiate diverse readings. These dialogues in the work make apparent the anxiety and desire inherent in the viewer and question how the visual conventions of erotica and art history are mutually informative. Booth has previously been exhibited in group exhibitions at Metro Arts, Inbetweenspaces and The Brisbane Powerhouse. Along with contributing to Melbourne’s 2010 Next Wave Festival No Risk Too Great, as a co-director of Brisbane based Artist Run Initiative Boxcopy.
Soft science . Katie Parrish Gandrabur . Tessa Carapic
Soft Science, Katie and Tess make stuff to fall into, they choose to stand proudly on the periphery of normality, watching, baffled as the world races unflappably by. This exhibition is one of escapism, of approaching the world with a slight unease, and in turn retreating into fantasy. These artists all revel in the beauty of the low brow. Shaky, fantastical interpretations of worlds, stickier and darker then that which dare to be betrayed in home and garden magazines. In this show the artists will utilise range of disciplines in pursuit of this, such as instillation, illustration, stitch, ink, text and paint.
Gallery one, two and the project space:
Draw The Curtains, sweetheart
Collaborative project by Anne and Emma Sorenson
Opening Fri 11th May 6 to 8pm
12th to 27th
Constantly pulling down yellow brick roads, Draw The Curtains,
sweetheart addresses stillness, frustration, pain, hardship, confusion and madness. Showing the viewer a place with no facade of perfection, where illusion confronts reality.
Centering on illusion and reality, exploring what each comprises. The works are a direct result of the sisters tackling a beast of disarray through oil painting and textile art. Revealing concealed intentions, agendas and hypocrisy, veiled by multifaceted illusion.
Mini Festival 2012
31 May, 1, 2 ,7,8,9 June
2hr - including 20 min interval
$25 - Full
$20 - Concession
$100 - Group (6 people)
A fringe festival on the fringes of the fringe 2012 will be the 4th year Candle Ends Mini Festival will be showcasing some of the most exciting new performances in Australia. Brunswick Arts Space becomes an exciting melting pot of music, dance, theater, spoken work and multimedia performance.
The demand from performers and audience for CEMF has driven the expansion of the festival and will now run for 7 performances over 2 weeks in June 2012.
For more info check out Candle Ends web site.
Solo shows by Cameron Hibbs, Dea Russo, Sarah Thomson and Heidi Tatchell
Opening Fri 22nd June 6 to 9pm
23rd June to 8th July
Heidi Tatchell is currently studying Painting at the Victorian College of the Arts, working in a variety of mediums. She is creating work predominately with a minimalistic approach and is currently exploring ways to manipulate her chosen materials, now often working in a larger scale to create temporary installations. ‘Clear View’ is an experimental project that temporarily responds to the space by encasing majority of the wall space, manipulating said materials to create subtle shifts in light, colour, pattern and texture.
Unconcerned with imagery, Dea Russo explores ideas around defining fine art painting. By placing seemingly empty, abstract forms into specific spaces, using found materials and rubbish, she questions the very existence of art and the actions around art making. Her current practice merges contemporary painting and sculpture, where she investigates spatial concerns and raises questions about traditional notions of presenting and viewing art.
Playing with emotions, Sarah Thomson explores the idea of mixing text with sculpture. By painting text onto different surfaces then placed around sculptures of the everyday she questions the nature of the words, using combinations of words and unusual sentences she extenuates their meaning. Her current practice explores ideas behind text and how it evokes different emotions or body language within the viewer when placed around sculpture.
Follow the Line
‘Follow the line’ evolves around the simple framework, exploring human capabilities and the imperfections that occur when the same process is repeated. An initial structure sets up a platform and is constructed to allow for an element of spontaneity to seep in, accidentally producing chance happenings as the work develops. An infinite number of outcomes are possible, even though the basis of each work incorporates the exact same framework.
Group show by KIN Collaborative Inc and solo show by Alister Karl
Opening Fri 13th July 6 to 9pm
14th to 29th July
Gallery one and two:
a group exhibition by KIN Collaborative Inc.
Tanya Cupic | Sasha Di Sipio | Belinda Jenkin | Montana Kitching | Alex Nitsikopoulos | Siena Stone | Alistair Walsh| John (Jack)Gower Walsh | Amanda Wong | Andy Robertson | Julie Stone | Harley Hefford
Icons permeate society and have done so for centuries. From the Byzantine Madonna and Child to the modern day pop icon, what was once a term reserved for a religious image now also encompasses celebrity culture. But strip away the halo, the rosary and the Giuseppe Zanotti heels does the Icon remain?
Beyond these seemingly specific dimensions, Iconography also allows for the exploration of topics as varied as the power in a name, to the sheer transience of our existence. This diverse range of perceptions and interpretations, boldly explored by the artists, provides an eclectic and youthful reflection of this ageless theme.
For more information on the artists and on KIN Collaborative Inc. go to www.kincollaborative.com
The Red Bow Tie Project NYC
Alister karl (1979-) was an Australian explorer who realized that the world was round and sailed across the pacific ocean in a Jumbo Jet to search for galleries in western Australia (thinking the earth was much smaller than it turned out to be). Karl established a base in the upper east side of NYC and begun exploring the island and its' surrounds for art concepts to loot and artists ideas to enslave in the grand old tradition of all great explorers.
Group show curated by Vinisha Mulani and Alister Karl and solo show by Ive Sorocuk
Opening Friday 10th August 6 to 9pm
11th to 19th August
Gallery 0ne and Two:
You Like This
Concerning love, life and Facebook
Jamie Rawls | Alister Karl | Vinisha Mulani | Jenna Cocoran | Peter Davison | Linda Studena
A show exploring the in's and outs of FACEBOOK, how we interact with it and in turn with others. How the world has or has not changed because of it. Why it's so addictive and can chew up the hours in the day with such ease.
Curated by Vinisha Mulani and Alister Karl
‘public override TriChild()’
The official Ethno-Tekh launch
Brad Hammond and Chris Vik
Opening Friday 24th August 6 to 9pm
One night only
Very happy to announce that 'public override TriChild()' is now the official launch of Ethno-Tekh, a collaboration between myself (Brad Hammond) and Chris Vik.
It will feature highly experimental abstract digital pieces, utilizing processes such as physics simulations, generative geometry, audio re-activity and procedural image processing, for the most part entirely in real time.
The works will take the form of a digital print series (Formations) as well as interactive real time projections. Utilizing a variety of technologies, live performance, custom tools and android application.
This body of work is a part of a larger ongoing process to break down barriers between the digital and the real world. By breaking out of the standard screen and inviting interaction using the whole body we hope to give the viewer a chance to play, explore and be a part of the world of real time generative art.
All projections are 100% real time rendered, 100% procedural animation, 100% interactive, making it 300% live.
Solo shows by Megan Davis, Rowan Moyle, Fiona Barbetti and Madé Spencer-Castle
Opening Friday 7th September 6 to 9pm
8th to 23rd September
The photographic series ’Blood’ questions violence. Why is an image of a bloodied wounded object disturbing? This series creates a reality where inanimate objects are made of flesh and blood, the object’s destruction is likened to murder.
The concept of using inanimate objects strips the idea of violence down to it’s core, destruction. Destruction of a body, a life, a mind or an environment often exacts little emotional impact on a viewer in the images we encounter. We have been conditioned to accept images of human destruction in many forms. These images of violence do not contain a depiction of the human form, and yet still has an emotional impact on the viewer. The concept of anthropomorphising the various objects and the destruction enacted on them provides a safe place to analyse our own personal thoughts and experiences with violence.
‘Permanent-post vacation’ is an ongoing project exploring the discrepancy between our spatial experience of cities at home and overseas, as solitary backpackers and as integrated locals. I am interested in the interstitial space between arrival and settlement. The point before we fall back into the general flow of everyday life, where travel becomes more or less limited to commutation and innocent exploration is construed as loitering or time-wasting.
An X-ray taken of my own body inspires this current concept. It evolved into a fascination of what lies within, what we look like beneath the skin and how our bodies react to the abuses to it through pleasure and pain. Interest also sparked in the visual qualities the x-ray had with tonal and light qualities in the bones.
Previous concepts have explored visual qualities of light and tone. Here the x-rays deal with both tonal and light qualities. The exhibit reflects the basics of light and shadow with the human body as its subject.
USEFUL FUNCTION is a somewhat rhetorical answer to the question ‘What would be the value of art during an Apocalypse?’ Converting old works of art into various utilitarian forms, the gallery site becomes bunker-like, a place where contemplation is over and functionality is the new contemporary.
Wednesday the 26th to Saturday 29th September
Polly’s Party is a cyber-centric physical theatre performance set to Lady Gaga. A live investigation of self-identity, Polly’s Party is a playful, humorous and touching solo performance created and performed by Renae Shadler and directed by Mark Wilson. Polly’s Party is an interactive performance experience that investigates how social media shapes modern identity and unpacks cyber-psychology with playfully disastrous consequences. Join Polly as she frantically entertains her audience shifting through Gaga dances, party rituals and fun facebook facts until she is finally forced to acknowledge ‘herself'.
Reviews of Polly's Party:
Created & Performed by Renae Shadler
Directed by Mark Wilson
Produced by Erin Voth
Set Design by Elanor Lindberg
Media & Sound Design by Pierre Proske
Costume Design by Sally-Anne Andrews
8pm Wed & Thurs, 7 & 9pm Fri & Sat
Group booking four or more $20
On Being III
Nina Gilbert, Grace Wood and Isobel Taylor-Rodgers
Opening Friday 5th October 6 to 8
6th to 21st
On Being III is a group show from three female artists, Nina Gilbert, Grace Wood, and Isobel Taylor-Rodgers, focusing on Feminism in contemporary art and the role of women in the photograph and society. It is an exploration of portraiture and the photographic medium in relation to the female, the feminine and the artist.
The work creates a conversation about gender, perception, sexuality and the body. This is done through the use of objects with qualities that have a particular inherent meaning, in conjunction with the female figure as a conveyor of this meaning.
Solo shows by Jesse Dayan, Anna Taylor and Damien Rudd
Opening Fri 2nd November
Running 3rd to 18th November
The Mirrored Abyss
This exhibition is a group of works on paper created with the idea that the process of drawing could be used to consider some of the ontological theories from the time of Romanticism and in turn convey them as a means to study the contemporary viewer’s relationship to visual culture, in particular the commonly perceived empiricism of documentary photography.
These works focus on a proposed analogy between the Romantic subject’s relationship to and contemplation of the landscape and the contemporary experience of exploring archives of documentary images. In the case of the Romantic landscape the outside was by definition passive and empty of consciousness, however the vast archive of visual culture is instead a mirrored abyss that stares directly back even as it is created in the mind of the viewer. It is this circularity of creation that the works seek to examine.
These works are concerned with our intimate and distant experience of nature, the morphing of perception and the beauty of the landscape large and small.
Exploring the minutiae of the land and observing its vastness from the air inspired a consciousness of the replication of surface and pattern - the duality inherent in the macro and micro of the earth’s surface.
These works are the culmination of many years exploring these themes. Inks wash and bleed into each other on canvas. Paint and line are built up, wiped back and rebuilt - reflecting nature’s randomness and resulting in layers of colour and depth.
Mixed Signals is a reflection of the ability of human and animals alike to devise extraordinary forms of language to communicate under various circumstances. The installation celebrates the aesthetic pleasures that arise unexpectedly within mundane acts of everyday communication. The work also considers how misinterpretation of meaning and truth can occur
when particular technologies are employed and misused.
The Church of Hysteria
Friday November 23rd
Free entry | Doors @ 7pm
The Factory [7:30pm]
Bucket Men [8:15pm]
The Church of Hysteria [9pm]
+ Sticky zine stall
"This started as a split-zine project, then things got beautifully out of control..."
it continues as a cacophony of shitcore. Keep your bleeding ears to the ground...
Keyboards, Bass, Noise, Programming
TCoH on Sound Cloud
Solo shows by Melanie Irwin and Jedder Jones, collaboration by Kimberley Liddle and Elly Steinlauf, collaboration by Brunswick Arts and The Moreland Community Child Care Centres
Opening Fri 30th November
Running 1st to 16th December
Using sculpture and performance, Melanie Irwin addresses the complexities of relations between bodies and urban utilitarian structures, in doing so materialising the potential for mediation and reconnection. Irwin salvages discarded objects that have provided support for other bodies, assembling this urban detritus into provisional tectonic forms that she integrates with elastic, membrane-like surfaces, resulting in amalgamations that are equal parts restriction, distortion, symbiosis and protection.
At some point I forgot....
Kimberley Liddle and Elly Steinlauf
‘At some point I forgot...’ is an exploration into the insecurities adults conjure as replacement for the freedom and creativity of childhood.
Using the lack of process and freedom a child possesses as basis for the installation, ‘At some point I forgot...’ will juxtapose a child’s uninhibited and chaotic nature against that of an adult; whose constant analytical nature and creative process itself is what stands in the way of fulfillment of an idea.
Je Te Hais
The photograph, holding within it, thoughts and feelings, turns the intangible nature of love into an evidence of the fact.
Insisting its existence paradoxically, through the medium of lies. Or, constructing a vision of the way I wish it had been, the way my world is inside my head. Exterior reality and interior reality collide in the photograph, as everything becomes at once real and unreal to the observer. As frozen states of absence, where something beautiful took place. As layering’s of time; seconds spent years apart existing within the same silver halide crystal. Anger, sadness and hate is arrested in flux with love and beauty.
The Cubby House
A collaborative project between Brunswick Arts and The Moreland Community Child Care Centres
Ive Sorocuk | Josephine Waite | Alister Karl
The Cubby House project is a collaboration between three contemporary artists and a group of four year olds from The Moreland Community Child Care Centres.
The Cubby House is part of a universal language. I don't think there would be a single person among us who hasn't had a cubby house, made a cubby house, been given a cubby house or found a secluded spot and declared it their cubby house.
Fire up to the moon, rainbow roofs, flying houses with wings like angels, canons to stop the boats and chickens in every imaginable shape and size are just some of the wonders that we have discovered as we explore all things cubby with the kids.