There’s a heap of great art exhibitions and shows opening this week in Brisbane, Melbourne, Canberra, Perth and Sydney. If you’re in Brisbane don’t forget to make time to get to the Valentino Retrospective at the spectacular Gallery of Modern Art as it is getting into the last few weeks of its run. Plus there’s a last chance call out to artists wanting to submit for Tiger Beer’s Tiger Translate competition.

Who CARA STICKER feat. TROY DANIEL
What It was kind of like this. Stricker’s latest collection of photographs shot over one week spent in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert during Burning Man, 2010. Featuring sculptures by Troy Daniel, Stricker’s images seek to explore the irony of the human experience within a natural, almost post-apocalyptic landscape. Burning Man’s ethos is Anti-conformist. The images reflect the climate created by this ethos while also portraying individual expressions of time and personal journeys. All shot on film, the pictures remain unchanged and ‘naked’ to tell their own story.
When 28 October 2010. 6pm
Where Visit the Lo-Fi Collective 383 Bourke St Darlinghurst NSW
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Who TANYA LINNEY
What Morphic Distortions. This upcoming solo show of ex-model Tanya Linney is about the layering of imagery and the twofold media messages we receive on a daily basis in many forms. It is about decoding and reinterpreting these messages: morphing and distorting what we are told. Through drawing, collage, paper sculpture and dye transfer, Linney has created a set of works as complex as they are beautiful, exploring female identity and the media’s representation of women… who better to comment on such things than a former model.
When 27 October 2010. 6pm
Where EGlobal Gallery – 5 Comber St Paddington, Sydney NSW
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Who FRED FOWLER at The National Gallery of Australia presents: SPACE INVADERS
What Space invaders: australian . street . stencils . posters . paste-ups . zines . stickers surveys the past 10 years of Australian street art. Featuring 150 works by over 40 Australian artists, this exhibition celebrates the energy of street-based creativity and recognises street stencils, posters, paste-ups, zines and stickers as comprising a recent chapter in the development of Australian prints and drawings. Awesome. Includes the work of Paris-dwelling expat and multi-discipline talent Fred Fowler.
When Opens Saturday 30 October 2010 – 27 February 2011
Where National Gallery of Australia – Parkes Place, Parkes ACT 2600
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Who COMIC STRIPPED
What An exhibition of Comic Art by some of the finest and hottest and sexiest Comic Artists in Australia, including Ben Brown, Anton Edmin, Nadia Jellymonster, Michael Graham, Emily Hasslehoof, David Puckeridge, Louise Graber, Lark and a heap more.
When Wednesday, October 27 · 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Where Horus and Deloris Contemporary Art Space – Level 2, 102 Pyrmont Street, Pyrmont,dney NSW
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Who JOHN BRACK, CHARLES BLACKMAN, JOHN PERCEVAL, GARETH SANSOM, HOWARD ARKLEY, TRACEY MOFFATT, JUAN DAVILA, MIKE PARR, SUSAN NORRIE, LYDIA GALBAL GJINABALYI, DANIEL VON STURMER, RAQUEL ORMELLA and more…
What Change explores the breadth and depth of the Monash University Collection and MUMA’s striking new premises at Caulfield. The exhibition reflects on the chaning forms, circumstances and dvelopments in contemporary art practice from the 1960’s up until today. “Change, Challenges us – to change our minds, our thinking, our behavious, our ways of being, ourselves.” – Max Delaney, Director, Monash University Museum of Art.
When 27 October until the 18 December 2010
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Who DAVID STEPHENSON
What Light Cities: Sydney, Boston, Perth Tokyo, Melbourne, Osaka. While travelling for these projects Stephenson made his first photographs of cities at night, which bring together the idea of the sublime, environmental concerns, and the transcendental power of light. These inspired images depict the ‘industrialised world’ where awe, beauty, and human aspiration are tinged with the horror of potential environmental catastrophe, our engine of modernity seemingly running on empty. Now on his fifth solo exhibition, Stephenson vision is a driving force in today’s modern art, be sure to get a glimpse.
When Opens 28 October till 20 November 2010, 6 -8pm
Where Boutwell Draper Gallery – 82 – 84 George St, Redfern Sydney NSW
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Who BRIONY STEWART
What To celebrate the release of her eagerly anticipated second book, Western Australian author and illustrator Briony Stewart will be exhibiting the original drawings from her new book ‘Kumiko and the Dragon’s Secret’.
When Fri Oct 29 2010 – Mon Nov 1 2010
Where Free Range Gallery – 339 Wellington Street, Perth WA
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Who ANDREW GORDON and JUSTIN LEE WILLIAMS
What Two talented emerging Victorian artists Andrew Gordon & Justin Lee Williams together in The Water / Mountain Experiments. For this show the artists joined together in a new collection of experimental, surreal works.
When Thursday 28 October – 8 November
Where Visit the Nine Lives Gallery Upstairs 330 Brunswick Street Mall, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane QLD
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COMING SOON…

Who MIKE GIANT, PARRA, TRAVIS MILLARD, HEDOF, LUKE LUCAS, OZZIE WRIGHT, SOFLES, BONES, SIGGI EGGERTSSON, WELL DRESSED VANDALS, LACHIE GOLDSWORTHY, JOHN SIDDLE
What Go Font Ur Self returns once more for its sixth (and maybe final) chapter…which explains the gobsmacking lineup. Typography is at the centre of our everyday lived experience and so the Font Urself exhibitions embrace letterforms as the inspiration for art from international artists, designers and typographers.
When November – December 2010
Where Peer Gallery – 153 Bridge Rd Glebe, Sydney NSW
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LAST CHANCE CALL OUT TO ARTISTS
Tiger Beer is calling on designers, artists, illustrators, photographers, fashionistas and graffiti artists from across Australia to submit ideas and designs which reflect their interpretation of ‘Balance’ in modern life. The panel of judges include head art curator from the City of Sydney’s Art and About program Victoria Johnstone and Murray Bell of Semi Permanent – so that’s some amazing exposure right there. View the 2010 brief now. Entries are judged on concept, originality and strength of expression, artworks with the winner announced on 28 November.

More to come every week so watch this space…

Main image by Fred Fowler