It has been close to five years between artist Jae Copp‘s last solo exhibition, picking up right where he left he’s exhibiting series of distinctive new works at the RVCA Corner Gallery in Melbourne.
Paralleloland opened early April and runs for just over a month until May 7. The work is described by Copp as a ‘lost collection of cosmic maps and artefacts from the atlas of imagination’. He has long used allegories and abstract twists to take personal and social views out of context, into a surreal, and at times almost semi-nonsensical way using an array of medium including paper treatments, hand stitching, embossing and sculptural elements rendered with meticulous brush-based illustration.
Through the series he clumsily explores and appropriates the theory of parallel universes and time travel by providing his shape-shifting figures with new found maps and artefacts to guide them through the universe as they continue to mimic learnings of a bygone era. With these new found tools they are able to navigate through time and space in a relentless quest for both, social and planetary harmony.
After relocating to Canggu, Bali in June of this year, Beastman (Bradley Eastman) created a series of new paintings. The new colourful and geometric works were heavily inspired by his new surroundings – the landscape, people, industry, customs and cultures. He was invited to exhibit the paintings at the Deus Temple of Enthusiasm in Canggu in September, here are some photos of the exhibition and paintings.
‘KAJA’ – Acrylic & Ink on mounted plywood – 120cm x 120cm
‘ENHANCE (MENINGKATKAN)’ – Acrylic & Ink on mounted plywood – 50cm x 50cm
‘BALANCE (KESEIMBANGAN)’ – Aerosol on leather framed rattan – 2m x 2m
The Screaming Hand art show recently opened at Ambush Gallery in Sydney, so we braved the rain and checked out this amazing (and large!) collection of both old and new original art, all based on the famous Jim Phillips icon, The Screaming Hand!
The show, curated by Eddie Zammit and Produced by Santa Cruz AUS, was really well presented and jam packed full of amazing work by both local and international artists. Too many to name… A great opportunity for the local artists to be given free reign over a classic image, plus an honour for most to have their work presented next to some of the world’s most renown (skate related) artists such as Mark Gonzales, Steve Olson, Mike Giant, Thomas Campbell, Andy Jenkins and many many more including original artwork by the creator himself, Jim Phillips.
With multiple rooms (our favourite was the video / process room), this show is definitely one not to miss, and make sure you don’t because it’s only open for a short amount of time!
Find out all the details here. (All photos below by Enzo Amato) Click below for the full set of photos…
China Heights recently opened a duo show by young female artists Annalisa Ferraris and Lucy O’Doherty, titled ‘Pools’. If you missed the show, you can view a full catalogue of works on the China Heights website.
“Abandonment is a recurring theme in Annalisa Ferraris and Lucy O’Doherty’s work. In the current exhibition, that abandonment comes in the form of empty swimming pools. Annalisa Ferraris finds their immediate redundancy and strange shifts of space interesting; for Lucy O’Doherty, it’s the implied narrative behind them, the fact that something sinister or sad may have happened for them to be empty – the sense of mystery is alluring. The artists, who met while studying at the National Art School and now work out of the same studio, exhibit together wherever possible.”
The Australian Design Centre has recently opened another great exhibition showcasing the remarkable work of Lyn Balzer and Tony Perkins. A mix of photography, sculpture and jewellery, this show highlights how artists and designers can work across many different mediums.
“Scented Intoxication is inspired by the small details that exist in nature and explores the material lifecycle of leather, wood, and marble, benchmarked by their signature scent. With a strong emphasis on using offcuts, re-using materials, and testing object resilience, the exhibition straddles the spheres of fashion, lifestyle, and design with inherent flavours of the Australian landscape.”
More info on the ADC website. Read a recent interview with the artists here.
We were lucky enough to get an invite to the recent Empty Meet (#emptyagnsw for those in instagram) at the Art Gallery of NSW. A private viewing of the gallery’s exhibition ‘The Greats’ before opening hours, in a completely empty building. Free of the busy public viewing times, it was an amazing way for us to view some of the most reknown paintings, by the Masters.
We saw paintings by the likes of Botticelli, Leonardo, Cézanne, El Greco, Gauguin, Monet, Poussin, Raphael, Rubens, Titian, Turner and Vermeer! An amazing chance to view some of the classics, up close
and in detail…
The exhibition is on throughout the next couple of months, 24 Oct 2015 – 14 Feb 2016.
For more info, check out their website.
Felipe Pantone was recently in Australia for Wonderwalls Wollongong 2015, where during his stay in the country also opened a solo show at Backwoods Gallery in Melbourne. The neat body of work reflected the unique futuristic visions of this versatile artist from Spain, whose fascination with modern-day technology and its rapid development continues to influence his vibrant artistic style.
In between all the photos being published for Wonderwalls, the Wonderwalls Wollongong team have released a teaser video. The full video will be out soon. In the meantime, check out this snapshot into the weekend that was Wonderwalls Wollongong 2015!
Sunday Walls is a new monthly event at The Lord Gladstone, curated by the Good Space team and The Opening Hours which hosts a rotating roster of the best graffiti artists around Australia. Last weekend featured the likes of Sofles, John Kaye, Buttons and more.
Each month we’ll be bringing you these events, featuring painting all day, live DJ’s like Joyride and more, plus the epic food and beers that The Good lord offers. Stay tuned for the video recap by Billy Zammit, and the announcement of next month’s event. In the meantime here’s a little taste of what went down…
This collection pays tribute to those who personify the cactus – by embodying strength vibrancy, sharpness & resilience – and who aren’t afraid of being a little.. Prickly.
Above all the show is meant to be a lot of fun. In this show the artist moves away from animals and people, and moves towards a plant-oriented body of work, focusing solely on the audiences reactions to colour and texture. Prickly evokes feelings of nostalgia, stimulates the imagination and continues her use of ‘Childhood’ as a theme.
‘Prickly’ by Sha’an d’Anthes (Furry Little Peach)
Where: Good Space, Sydney
Opening: Wednesday 15 July