Will Cooke opens his show “Still Lyfe” at China Heights this Friday night, so we stopped by late last week and caught some of the last additions to his new collection of unique abstract work. Will recently painted the Project Ugly billboard (coverage coming this week) and this new body of work is a big step forward in his process.
“Throughout ‘Still Lyfe’, Cooke paints from a collection of his own still life photographs. Considering discarded items that form crisp slaking lines, shapes, colours and reflections. Each object is left as is, their balance untouched, so as to produce a final image which has not been engineered.”
More on Will here.
“Still Lyfe” New work by Will Cooke – opens this Friday
Opening Night: Friday, May 31
Mark Drew is the co-founder of China Heights and one of Australia’s finest exports (now residing in Tokyo, Japan).
As always, for his latest show Mark produced a solid body of work, combining his two loves; 90s rap lyrics and the classic children’s (so they say) comic book, Peanuts. The show also included a sculptural work that was the iconic dog house from the books, but aptly titled the Dogg House, accompanied by a Snoop Dogg tape, mobile phone and smoke bellowing out from the inside. More on Mark Drew here. Click below for the full set of photos.
Mike O’Meally is one of Australia’s most celebrated skate photographers, and is having somewhat of a retrospective, at China Heights. Enough said. This show shouldn’t be missed.
Kyle Montgomery is a resident artist at China Heights and will be opening his next solo exhibition next Friday at The Heights. Next week is again, another busy week of openings, but this one shouldn’t be missed. More details here.
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.
Last Friday was the opening of Mark Alsweiler’s show ‘Across the Plains’ at China Heights Gallery in Sydney. This show was a really nice step forward for Mark and his work. Taking a more minimal approach to display his work, and expanding more into the sculptural side of his process. The show was a quick weekend showing, so if you missed out, visit Mark’s website to see more of his work.
China Heights is proud to present ‘Across The Plains’, a new collection of work by Mark Alsweiler where sentimentality and a nostalgia for folk traditions are explored.
Through paintings and wood sculptures, Alsweiler reacts to the ways of the modern world. His work extends appropriated folk art from many regions, and emphasises the importance of mans relationship with nature and how it is a wilting connection. By carving wooden sculptures by hand, these notions are spotlighted further – we are reminded of finding joy in simple activities.
His subject’s semi-detailed expressions feel distant and missing: pondering blurred landscapes, and the possibility that things will be clearer on the other side, illustrating Alsweiler’s conflict with past and present, nature and machine. The outcome is happily flawed and proof that polished, digital perfection feels barren and impersonal.
Tonight, Joel Birch is in town to open his show “Under the Influence” at China Heights Gallery. Joel is a member of The Hours family and is one super talented artist. See a couple of sneak peek shots below and more information on the Facebook event here. See you there tonight!
The Heights team present an interesting collaboration between Michael Sharp and Scott Lowe. The show will open at China Heights on the 27th of July, then be taken all the way to New York for August 1st. More info here.
Last night we went along to see Mark Bode perform his (formerly his fathers) ‘Cartoon Concert’. A truly enjoyable evening of experiencing the Bode family artwork come to life via a slideshow and super funny voices by Mark Bode himself. If you missed out, well, too bad. However don’t miss out on his exhibition of original artwork at China Heights, this Friday night.
Opening 24th February, 6-9pm
Level 3, 16-28 Foster Street, Surry Hills