Some of Melbournes’ best loved creatives brought their wares to Sydney this week for a group show of new and collaborative pieces at the Tate. Cat Rabbit, Noir and Seven Seas made up the trifecta with a abundant array of paintings, prints, sculptures, wood carvings, plush toys, needlework and more. This is one of those shows that is insanely easy to photograph, but really hard to cull, hence the 40 images after the jump! The level of detailing and finishing on each piece is extraordinary, you can truly gaze for hours at the collection of works and find something new, some little hidden face or pattern or detail you didn’t see before. I can not speak highly enough of these three and their work, if you are in Sydney you really do have to come down and see it for yourself! The show runs till Sunday, gallery is open 12-6pm.
Lower-Fi went out with a bang! A group exhibition showcasing some utterly delicious sign painting skills brought to you by some of the best in the biz. The talent was broad and the executions superb thanks to Edward Woodley, Dave Frey, Chow Cracker, Roachi, Gary MSK, Gemma O’Brien, Kaone, Lance Corlett, Numskull and Will Lynes.
After four incredible shows, the pop up gallery, Lower-Fi, has now closed its doors. The second last exhibition, taking over the Little Bourke Street space, was a group show comprising four of Australia’s most exciting contemporary artists; Fintan Magee, Scott Marsh, Guido Van Helten and Sofles. Each artist completed a large scale piece, that formed one side of a cube, which consumed the majority of the space. These individually highlighted each artists’ distinctive creative energy and insanely talented styles. Smaller works adorned the walls with vibrancy and colour at every turn.
Much loved Tate resident, Will Cooke, presented his first solo show at The Tate Gallery this week, titled ‘HALF/TIME.’ 12 abstract paintings adorned the gallery wall, each piece a reaction against a series of 12 photos taken by the artist over a six hour period. The angular, striking pieces hark back to the artist’s interest in Gerhard Richters photo paintings. Using aerosol and acrylic on wood, the works confidently covered small to large scale pieces, with a purposeful display of bold colour ways. The show runs till Sunday 25th of November, get down!
The second installment at Lower-Fi this week provided space for Joel Dickens to show his beautiful, energetic abstract paintings. The work on show comprised a selection of pieces he has created over the last 35 weeks, with Joel creating one piece each week for a continuous stretch of 52 weeks. Also on show was the large scale painting for this weeks entry, a huge black length of canvas dominated by a ferocious pink mark that commanded attention.
The latest venture from the people who bring you the Lo-Fi Collective and The Tate present a new weekly offering, spanning a 4 week pop up gallery called Lower-Fi. First up Colab Eyewear showcased their collaborations with Australian and international artists, displaying original works and the glasses the artists helped create. The cast of talented individuals included Geoff Mc Fetridge, Eboy, Ears, Anthony Lister, Dmote and Mike Perry.
Looking forward to this weeks offering from Joel Dickens, ‘It’s a myth that hyenas don’t hurt’ opening tonight at 6pm, see you there!
Backwards Gallery brought ‘A Study of Hands’ up to Sydney last week to show at China Heights. The exhibition, curated by Alexander Mitchell, was a collection of leading contemporary artists and their interpretation of hands. This is the first in an exciting journey which will cover different study collections to be completed over the next ten years. With the aim of creating an historic archive of work completed by artists including Kid Zoom, Reka, Dave Kinsey, Anthony Lister and Twoone.
Twoone debuted yet another incredible solo show at the MiCK Gallery in Paddington last night, titled Psychological Portraits & Metaphysical Landscapes. Mixed media works on paper and wood were dominated by his signature style, bringing to life creatures from the wild, some made up from human parts and others stemming straight from nature. His portraits, with their elongated necks and piercing stare, are easy to get lost in, but it was the White Whale that had everyone talking.
A selection of the countries best tattooers and artists came out to support the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society by generously donating an original A3 artwork. Curated by Toby Gawler and Shanghai Charlies Tattoo Parlour the exhibition drew a massive crowd, raised a bunch of money and showed off some mighty fine artists. The fresh crop included Mitch 13, Amanda Cain, Andrew Mcleod, Ben Rorke, Jamie Randall, DC Young, Jane Laver and Sam Arrowsmith.
22 people from various creative disciplines collaged, cut, and stapled their way to creating 10 zines each, available for one night only, all for the measly sum of $5. Thanks to heavy hitting productions from Comfy, Retro, Roach, Scott Marsh & Numskull some zines were sold out within a matter of minutes. They covered topics from punk rock recipes, Tokyo inspired illustrations, and twerking, all bases were genuinely covered.