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Who A TYPE OF SHOW
What See what they did there? It’s a pun y’all! Another exhibition dedicated to type-influenced art is cause for celebration. You know what else is? A lineup that includes a who’s-who of Australian artists and designers like Jeremyville, Timba Smits, Brett Chan, Numskull, Toby & Pete, Andy Uprock, Moffitt & Moffitt, Vince Frost, Gemma O’Brien… If that isn’t enough to sell you on this fine show you are straight up crazy. Expect epic artworks, letterforms and – yes – puns.
When Today at 7:00pm runs til August 28
Where Kind Of Gallery 72 Oxford St, Darlinghurst NSW
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Who ROWAN TAYLOR
What Rowan Taylor’s acclaimed photographic exhibition “Dumb Dawgs in Darn” was born when a few guys in a footy team decided to spend uni holidays planting trees in Northern Territory. Taylor explains: “These picture were taken without the intent of exposing to the world, I just knew that this trip was something to be remembered. We created a unique energy, energy that would have been indescribable without the aid of photographs. Whether we knew it or not, something extraordinary was happening, and everyone was embracing it.” The images are moving, beautiful and inexplicably capture the nature of what it is to be young and free.
When Opens this Friday 19th August: 6:00pm – 9:00pm, runs til 29th August 2011
Where No Vacancy Project Gallery Tenancy 32, The Atrium, Federation Square VIC
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Who 1.85 MILLION: ART PERIPHERIES curated by Joseph Allen Shea
What Presenting work by Australian and international artists including a number of new commissions for the Campbelltown Arts Centre, “1.85 Million: Art Peripheries” makes cross-cultural and geographical comparisons and connections between social experiences of urban and suburban environments. Artists on the list? The legendary Howard Arkley, Paul B Davis, Miranda July, Corita Kent, Garry Trinh, Amanda Maxwell, Will French… In short: go.
When Opens Friday 20 August – 23 October 2011
Where Campbelltown Arts Centre – Cnr Camden & Appin Rds, Campbelltown NSW
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Who RAH COLLECTIVE BOOK LAUNCH & EXHIBITION
What To mark their 2nd year of collective existence the Rah Collective – a group of Sydney based emerging artists – have set the stage for creative takeover. The group champions the application of a range of styles, all with individually unique practices but ultimately bought together by their distinct approach to creation. The exhibition will serve as both introduction to the collective, as well as a launch for their self-produced book. The book itself features 42 hand-picked emerging Australia artists, with full page images and interview style profiling of key artists.
When Thursday 18 August, 6pm to 9pm
Where aMBUSH Gallery – 4A James Street, Waterloo Sydney NSW
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Who STEF MITCHELL
What New York City based Aussie photographer Stef Mitchell is showing a new exhibition of works at the newly branded ‘Kettle One’ Stairwell Gallery. Good times.
When Opens this Thursday 18th August: 6:00pm
Where Kettle One Stairwell Gallery Kit & Kaboodle, 33/37 Darlinghurst Road, Kings Cross NSW
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Who MEGGS
What Continuing the run away momentum of his last exhibition in London, Australian artist Meggs is preparing to launch “Inner Demons II” the second chapter of his UK show, featuring new pieces on canvas and paper at his home base in Melbourne, Backwoods Gallery. Drinks? Drinks!
When Friday, August 19 · 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Where Backwoods Gallery 25 Easey Street, Collingwood VIC
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Who POT LUCK Mini Zine Fair
What Zine makers are setting up temporary residence at FBi Social courtesy of the arts-supporting crew at Sydney’s FBi Radio. The menu includes Beefknuckles (the guys behind the amazing Ball Street Journal), Lee Tran Lam, Jonathan Valenzuela of The Tilted Page, and Lisa Lerkenfeldt of New Planes, who will be setting up ‘The Defacing Station’.
When Today at 7:00pm runs til August 28
Where FBi Social L2 248 William St, Sydney NSW
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Who MICHELLE GIUFFREDA
What There’s some good things happening with Adelaide’s contemporary art scene, largely thanks to indie galleries like Gallery On Waymouth supporting the local scene. This week an exhibition by Adelaidean painter Michelle Giuffreda opens, featuring recent works for which the artist used the music of flamenco guitar and dance to push her painting technique. The results – vibrant, fiery works with a tangible sense of passion – speak for themselves.
When Opens tonight 17 August at 6PM and runs til August 30th 2011
Where Gallery On Waymouth 30 Waymouth Street, Adelaide SA
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Who SUE JARVIS
What Artist Sue Jarvis has painted the Melbourne suburb of Dandenong as it’s been undergoing its major revitalisation capturing the change and gentrification that happens – for better or worse – to all the places we know as home. Beautiful work.
When Runs til 27 August 2011
Where Walker Street Gallery Cnr. Walker & Robinson Streets, Dandenong, VIC
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Who THE MAD SQUARE: MODERNITY IN GERMAN ART 1910-37
What INCREDIBLE exhibition of over 200 works by leading artists of the period – including Max Beckmann, Otto Dix, George Grosz, John Heartfield, Hannah Höch, Karl Hubbuch, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Käthe Kollwitz, László Moholy-Nagy, August Sander, Christian Schad, Rudolf Schlichter and Kurt Schwitters – The mad square reveals the intensely original art forms both of this time and the fascinating and complex ways in which artists responded to the forces of modernity.
When Runs til 6 Nov 2011
Where Art Gallery of New South Wales – Art Gallery Rd, The Domain, Sydney NSW
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Who SURREALISM: THE POETRY OF DREAMS
What GoMA is the exclusive Australian venue for “Surrealism: The Poetry of Dreams”, a landmark exhibition of surrealist works direct from the Musée national d’art moderne, Centre Pompidou, Paris. Modern art enthusiasts, book your tickets to Brisbane now. This landmark exhibition features works by Giorgio De Chirico, Max Ernst; Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, André Breton, Salvador Dali, Rene Magritte, Victor Brauner, Joan Miró, Luis Buñuel and René Clair, Jackson Pollock, Arshile Gorky and more.
When Open til 2 October 2011
Where GoMA – Stanley Place, South Bank, QLD
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Who TOUGH TITTIES presents A TOUCH OF CLASS: The Exhibition
What Tough Titties is a collective of insanely talented female artists doing their thing to represent the ladies. Feature artists include Jane Tyrell, Trial & Error, Georgia Perry, Bianca Chang ,Cat Secker and Georgia Hill, all of whom are ripping up the art scene in their own right.
When August 3, 6pm-8pm, runs til 28 August 2011 (Somedays 10am-6pm)
Where Somedays Gallery 72B Fitzroy St, Surry Hills NSW
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Who STORMIE MILLS
What “Scuffling” is the process of applying paint to canvas a cross between a shuffle and a scrape. This is the inspiration behind the latest body of work by Aus artist Stormie Mills, who continues his exploration of human fragility through his intriguing, distincitve characters.
When Opens Wednesday 3 August 630pm – 830pm, and runs til 20 August 2011
Where Metro Gallery – 1214 High Street, Armadale VIC
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COMING SOON…
Who THREE WINTER COATS AND A DIRTY KNIFE
What Nine Lives presents a compilation of ink illustrations by Ellie Anderson (Curator), Jesse Olsen, Kylie Spear, Dord Burrough and Dan Ford. The exhibition draws inspiration from the Neko Case song ‘Dirty Knife’ and Curator, Ellie Anderson’s interpretation of the ballad.
When Opens 25 August 6pm and runs til 11 September 2011
Where Nine Lives Gallery – Shop 5F Winn Street, Fortitude Valley QLD
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Who KANE HIBBERD
What “Searching With My Good Eye Open” is the first solo exhibition for Australian music photographer, Kane Hibberd. His focus is captivating, inventive and emotive images – as well as capturing those one-off moments that sometimes happen in rock and roll. where it will be opening September 1st at Mart Gallery in Surry Hills.
When 1st – 20th September 2011
Where Mart Gallery – 3156 Commonwealth Street Surry Hills NSW
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Main image by MICHELLE GIUFFREDA