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30 April - 15 May 15
Off The Kerb, Upstairs Gallery 66B Johnston St, Collingwood 3066
Photography © Nani P

Straddling the boundaries between abstraction and representational forms, my work explores, colour, pattern and layering through the medium of painting. Borrowing freely from media imagery in our consumer culture it explores notions of consumption and desire by highlighting the volume and cacophony of imagery to which we are incessantly exposed. Through cropping, juxtaposition and layering images are transformed, and the distinction between what is real and what is representational dissolves away.

27 Mar 15 - 12 April 15
The Cool Hunter | 166 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy
Photography © Nani P

“50 foods in 50 days” is CJ Hendry’s newest collection and it’s a bold endeavour for an artist who continues to deliver the unexpected. At first glance it is French designer plates and mouth-watering foods. However, the collection is so much more than just an exploration of food, high-end design and art. It is revolutionary in the sense of how art is made and exhibited. (text via thecoolhunter)

14 Nov 14 – 19 Apr 15
NGV, Level 3, Contemporary Art & Design
180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
Photography © Nani P

Alex Prager is an American photographer and film maker. In her elaborately conceived staged photographs, Prager openly references the aesthetics of mid-twentieth century American cinema and photography. Each of her lush colour images resembles a film still – entirely constructed and packed with emotion and human melodrama. In her film work she extends on her photographic practice, moving from the directorial mode in photography to directing an elaborately constructed film. Both aspects of her practice pair the banal and fantastic, the everyday and the theatrical, real life and cinematic representation in lush, richly coloured tableaux . Alex Prager lives and works in Los Angeles. (text by NGV)

Small Giant, 11 Princess st, St Kilda Rd, Melbourne
• Mon, May 6th | 10am-4pm
Megan Morton | The School | Instagram
Photography © Nani P

Thursday 28 February 2013 | 6-8pm
Project Space 1 & 2, RMIT Design Hub
Cnr Swanston & Victoria Street, Carlton, Melbourne 3053

BYOBWorldwide | Facebook

BYOB (Bring Your Own Beamer) is a single night event for artists who utilise the projected video format in some way, and benefits from a wide range of approaches. Artists are expected to bring their own projector as the exhibition title implies, and create a work that deals with the relationship between projected light and the physical gallery site with respect to their practice. BYOB is a worldwide exhibition platform initiated by Dutch artist Rafael Rozendaal. The project has been staged in various locations including the 54th Venice Biennale, 319 Scholes Gallery, New York and Palais De Tokyo, Paris.

BYOB 2013 is organised by Ry David Bradley & Antuong Nguyen.

Participating Artists:
Adam Wood, Adelle Mills, Amiel Courtin-Wilson & Peter Ivor Wilson, Andrew Barrie, Antuong Nguyen & Pageant, Brad Haylock, Charlie Sofo, Chase Middleton, Christopher LG Hill, Dolci & Kabana, Greatest Hits, Hamishi Jama Farah, Joe Hamilton, Johann Rashid, Many Many, Marcus Latcham, Matt Leaf, Matthew Linde, Michael Ozone, Misha Hollenbach, Nik Dimopoulos, Rowan McNaught, Ry David Bradley, SIBLING, Simon Pericich, Spencer Lai, Tara Cook, Virginia Overell, Warran Wright

The Artist remains the copyright owner of the works | Photography © Nani P

Thursday 7 February - 3 March 2013 | 10am - 6pm
Chapter House Lane, entry via Flinders Lane, Melbourne

Andrzej Nowicki returns to Chapter House Lane with his show ‘Bifrost’, on display throughout February. Opening Thursday 7 February, join us for drinks from 6-8pm to see the new works unveiled.

Whereas ‘myth’ suggests archaic, fanciful beliefs and ‘sci-fi’ the futuristic, the forum for their discussion is often the same as one borrows motifs from the other. Similarly, Nowicki defies real time and with a highly contemporary visual style, recreates images which hark back to the Bifrost Bridge of Norse mythology. In this iteration, Nowicki lays out his scenes like snippets of story, with portraits pulled from the landscapes to build personal dossiers. The nobility of his figures add grandeur to a myth that will no doubt continue to be retold.

While Norse strongmen were out ‘viking’, pre-industrial times in the far North required repetitive work by hand and by ‘man’. Reliant on fire for warmth, the actual frost is felt in Nowicki’s mixed media works with crystalline forms replicated in figures and features amid the landscape. Perhaps in response to a cold, monochromatic environment, the Bifrost Bridge was dreamt up in rainbow shades; Nowicki translates this colour in sprays of flowers – a dormant spring floating like a promise across the works. Text by CHL

The Artist remains the copyright owner of the works | Photography © Nani P