Shamanic Rehab II
Oct
3
to Oct 21

Shamanic Rehab II

An Exhibition by René Sinkjaér and Vatche Solakian

“Look at any inspired painting, it’s like a gong sounding; it puts you in a state of reverberation.”  - Phillip Guston

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Neon Parlour is very proud to present the return of René Sinkjaér and Vatche Solakian in ‘Shamanic Rehab II’. It will leave you in no doubt that René Sinkjaér and Vatche Solakian are inspired painters.

These are powerful paintings by serious painters that are certain to delight and engage. These are painters who are referencing many of the great artists and yet finding new ground to lead the viewer into new places with a sense of familiarity.

These paintings can seem to be playing but it is not to be taken for granted that this is the most serious concerns that are at the heart of these works. It is apparent that death is at the door as there always seems to be an overwhelming sense of looming darkness. However there is something easily overlooked in these notions of fear, which is the presence of a light. The heavily laden symbolism is crafted with a the unexpected choices that can only be given to true creativity.

There is something deeply moving to be surprised by an image that you see in the modern world as we have become accustomed to the proliferation of so many accessible images constantly. Our world has oversaturated of eyes with a barrarge that we cannot keep all contained in the consousness. In doing so it waters down our elementary view of images and the genuine finding of something new, we sense that we have seen it all already. To make ‘new’ paintings in this visual environment is some kind of obsurd notion as we cannot even detect the regurgitations from our sub-conscious as they put versions of the same into our formations. Rene and Vatche embrace the works of painters in such open signifiers that it is easy to overlook the intense position of taking the visual language further. And yet they are pushing and toying with imagery to push the viewers around until you see what they are pointing at or perhaps what they are pointing you away from.

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‘Shamanic Rehab II’

reassures the notion that painting is alive. They must be seen in the flesh to experience their full potency and are a gift to the viewer that is transcendental.

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Sep
5
to Sep 30

September Community Month!

Neon Parlour is very pleased to announce our first official community month this September 2018!

 We are welcoming four community groups to exhibit a week long show over the month of September, accompanied by a program of workshops, talks and performances with the goal to educate and engage with the students, organisers and mentors of these outreach programs and encourage further connection with the winder arts community and beyond.

A strong part of our ethos is  to foster a rich, diverse and inclusive community and be supporters of the individuals and organisations which work towards positive social change. 

Community is such an important part of the Gallery and its focus of engaging community at a local level,  Although the program thus far has had a healthy input and inclusion of community, in 2018 Neon Parlour has decided to devote an entire Month of the programming to celebrate the Community, hence Neon Parlour Community Month 2018 starts this September.

 The four groups Neon Parlour will be working with represent a beautiful cross section of the community in Art Access AustraliaVACCA, NCAT and Strathmore Secondary College.
Look out for the September newsletter for full details. Through the exhibitions and workshops during our community month we aim to give each and every individual involved valuable skills and opportunity through mentoring, and hands on experience.


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The first exhibition, Picture in My Head running September 5th - 9th 2018, comes from the students at Art Access Victoria.

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Arts Access Victoria operates ten SRS studio art programs across the Northern and Western suburbs of Melbourne. Over 50 local artists regularly attend our workshops throughout the year. Our workshops are a model of inclusive arts practice, where artists work collaboratively to explore, develop and produce new work. Established in 1974, Arts Access Victoria is the peak body for disability in the arts. It is the mission of AAV to advocate for all artists who have lived experience of disability and mental health to be included in the arts. Our studio program is supported by funding from the Australian and Victorian Governments HACC and CHSP program.

‘Picture in my head’is a group exhibition that showcases the work of artists from the Arts Access Victoria SRS Studio Arts Program. This exhibition brings together a unique and idiosyncratic collection of portraits, sculpture, abstract paintings, sound and film.

 

Arts Access Victoria operates ten SRS studio art programs across the Northern and Western suburbs of Melbourne. Over 50 local artists regularly attend our workshops throughout the year. Our workshops are a model of inclusive arts practice, where artists work collaboratively to explore, develop and produce new work. Established in 1974, Arts Access Victoria is the peak body for disability in the arts. It is the mission of AAV to advocate for all artists who have lived experience of disability and mental health to be included in the arts. Our studio program is supported by funding from the Australian and Victorian Governments HACC and CHSP program.

OPENING NIGHT: Thursday 6th September 1:30 -4pm

 


MAJOR ARCANA

From Strathmore Secondary College

Second to exhibit for community month is Strathmore Secondary College, with their exhibition Major Arcana, showing 12th - 16th September 2018 and opening on Friday the 14th 6 - 9pm. Strathmore Secondary Collage is a large high school in Melbourne’s inner-northern suburbs. Since 1996, in a co-operative venture between students, teachers, parents and the wider school community, it has provided a launching pad for its senior students as they contemplate careers or further their studies in the arts.

There is an annual external exhibition of the students’ works that now has a history of 22 years and proves a mainstay event in the school’s calendar. It highlights and celebrates the students’ hard work and gains them vital experience in the art scene. This entry point into the arts builds confidence in the students and drives the school’s inspiring teaching staff to a unifying and rewarding experience.

A rare opportunity to exhibit and perform brings together arts practice from all areas in the school, with the celebration night directly engaging the community of which it is a part. This year’s guest speaker will be Godwin Bradbeer, distinguished artist and past student of Strathmore Secondary College.

EXHIBTION: 12th - 16th September 2018

OPENING NIGHT: Friday 14th September 6 - 9pm.

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NCAT Folio Preparation

Exhibition runs 19th - 23rd September

Opening on Wed 19th 6 - 8pm

Led by an experienced staff of dedicated artists and designers, NCAT Folio Preparation is widely respected across the creative industries in supporting adult students with portfolio guidance and a proven pathway for entry into tertiary courses. NCAT Folio Preparation sits alongside the NCAT Create program as part of the post-secondary offerings at NCAT, and offers a supportive, encouraging and impactful opportunity for individuals pursuing careers in the creative industries. The program has been operating for 30 years and in that time has built an outstanding reputation in Arts  education. This has been duly rewarded with recognition from Universities and TAFEs, in the form of scholarship programs and formal MOU’s, giving NCAT Folio Preparation students preferred entry pathways across the visual arts and design fields.

After a year of specialised and dedicated learning, students graduate with excellent skills and portfolios. This exhibition will prove a vibrant and compelling showcase of local emerging artists and designers.

 

Exhibition: 19th - 23rd September

Opening:  Wed 19thSeptember 6 - 8pm


Official Opening - Heritage Program

Heritage by Art celebrates the work of six young people exploring their cultural knowledge and identity through various art mediums. This exhibition is open from Wednesday 26 September through to Saturday 29 September. 

You are invited to our opening night event on Thursday 27 September from 6pm - 9pm. Light refreshments and snacks are available. 

RSVP by 20 September for catering purposes to 9287 8806 or brettl@vacca.org

Heritage by Art celebrates the work of six young people exploring their cultural knowledge and identity through various art mediums. Inspired and mentored by teh stories, experiences and practices of Artists' Maree Clarke (Muti Mutti / Yorta and Boon Wurrung / Wemba Wemba), Peter Waples Crowe (Ngarigio) and James Henry (Yorta Yorta and Kamilaroi), the young people have created a body of work that expresses their personal cultural journey. Heritage by Art is proudly presented by the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency as an outcome of their 2018 Art Mentoring Program.

Exhibition is open from 26 September through to 29 September 2018 from 10am - 6pm



WORKSHOPS


As part of community month we will be running FREE and ticketed workshops, tutored by three highly skilled local artists.


Free Workshop #1

Introduction to Oil Painting - With Travis Vella

 Learn the essentials of painting with oil paints as Travis makes it safe and easy for all levels. This workshop breaks down the daunting barriers and shows simple techniques to make painting with oils a wonderful experience. This is an entry point or refresher for anyone wishing to know where to start.  Travis will show you his practice and why oil painting is so interesting and wonderful. You will go on to cover safe practice, differences between oils and acrylics, working   with mediums (what to paint to paint with), viscosity (paint mixing) and grounds (what to paint on).   This workshop will allow you to go home or return to the studio with a confident understanding of the   fundamentals to start painting with oils.  WHEN: Thurs 20th September 11 - 2pm  WHERE: Neon Parlour 791 - 793 High St, Thornbury.   The Gallery will be open so feel free to come early and check out the NCAT exhibition. Once the workshop has begun please use the back entrance/exit.   WHAT to bring: Materials are provided, wear appropriate clothing you don’t mind getting messy. Covered shoes. Snacks if you think you'll get hungry - we’ll have a 15 min   break with tea and coffee available.     Skills you will gain:   IMPORTANT SAFE practice around oil paints  HOW to mix oil paint and mediums 1,2 and 3.  WHAT to paint on and HOW to prepare at least one type of ground  HOW to clean up after using oil paint.  WHERE to look for further resources.     What you will take home:   sample of medium 1  sample of 3 grounds  Info and fact SHEET handout outlining WHAT is covered.  This is a free workshop.  Please email us at neonpalour@gmail.com to make a booking.

Learn the essentials of painting with oil paints as Travis makes it safe and easy for all levels. This workshop breaks down the daunting barriers and shows simple techniques to make painting with oils a wonderful experience. This is an entry point or refresher for anyone wishing to know where to start.

Travis will show you his practice and why oil painting is so interesting and wonderful. You will go on to cover safe practice, differences between oils and acrylics, working with mediums (what to paint to paint with), viscosity (paint mixing) and grounds (what to paint on). This workshop will allow you to go home or return to the studio with a confident understanding of the fundamentals to start painting with oils.

WHEN: Thurs 20th September 11 - 2pm

WHERE: Neon Parlour 791 - 793 High St, Thornbury. The Gallery will be open so feel free to come early and check out the NCAT exhibition. Once the workshop has begun please use the back entrance/exit.


WHAT to bring: Materials are provided, wear appropriate clothing you don’t mind getting messy. Covered shoes. Snacks if you think you'll get hungry - we’ll have a 15 min break with tea and coffee available.

Skills you will gain:

IMPORTANT SAFE practice around oil paints

HOW to mix oil paint and mediums 1,2 and 3.

WHAT to paint on and HOW to prepare at least one type of ground

HOW to clean up after using oil paint.

WHERE to look for further resources.

What you will take home:

sample of medium 1

sample of 3 grounds

Info and fact SHEET handout outlining WHAT is covered.

This is a free workshop.

Please email us at neonpalour@gmail.com to make a booking.


Free Workshop #2

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Beginners Life Drawing Skills

With a little direction and some inspiration, drawing in a friendly environment becomes a relaxing skill to build on. Tutor, Travis Vella, gently guides the class through a series of exercises to enhance and build confidence in drawing with different mediums and allows an entry point to all skill levels. Students find a starting point to develop from and encouragement to keep improving as they find enjoyment in its exercise.

WHEN: Friday 21st September 1 - 4pm

WHERE: Neon Parlour 791 - 793 High St, Thornbury. The Gallery will be open so feel free to come early and check out the NCAT exhibition. Once the workshop has begun please use the back entrance/exit.


WHAT to bring: Materials are provided, wear appropriate clothing you don’t mind getting messy. Covered shoes.  Snacks if you think you'll get hungry - we’ll have a 15 min break with tea and coffee available.

This is a free workshop.

Please email us at neonpalour@gmail.com to make a booking.


Ticketed Workshops are available to the public with reserved places for some of the mentors.


Sunday 16th September 11 - 2pm

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Ceramics Workshop

With Eva Giannoulidis

from Ceramica Mechanica

In this 3hr workshop students will learn a variety of clay making techniques, including pinch pot making, slab forming and coil building. Experienced artists and tutor Eva Gainnoulidis will demonstrate joining and assembly, decorative and mark making methods, appropriate tool use as well as painting and sculpting. This is the entry point for new comers and an inspiration for those who have returned. Eva will run through the essentials and guide students to have fun developing their own piece to take home.

WHEN: Sunday 16th September 11 - 2pm.

WHERE: Neon Parlour Project Space 791 - 793 High St Thornbury. The Gallery will be open, so feel free to stroll through gallery and check out the exhibition Major Arcana. Please come via the back door once the workshop has started.

WHAT to bring: All materials are provided, just wear something you don't mind getting a little messy. You're welcome to bring snacks, tea and coffee is provided.

WHAT you will take home: Eva will take your ceramics pieces to be kiln fired, and we will contact you when they are ready to pick up from Neon Parlour - Approx 1 month.


Special thanks to our supporters...

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Almighty organic juice for supplying yummy drinks to all of the openings and events in community month.

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doesn't only make good organic juice, they do good things too! You can check out some of their sweet projects, like their kids school gardens, HERE

And to Mintueman Press

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Paper - A Group Exhibition
Aug
22
to Sep 2

Paper - A Group Exhibition

Artists: Irene Ferguson /James Riches / Shannon Mary / Matthew Watts / Ted Mckinlay / Dylan Vella / Travis Vella / Seb Ingram / Abbey Rich / Luisa Cavalieri / Savina Hopkins / Simon Deere / Zennie McLoughlin /Lin Tobias / Alexandra Thornton

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Neon Parlour presents the group show Paper running 22nd August - 2nd September. This exhibition displays the work of 14 Melbourne artists, linked together by the medium of paper in a sample of its many incarnations to gently remind us of its timeless relevance to art practice.

As long as time has presented the ability for mark making to exist there has been a need for the ease of transporting its communication. As humanity finds almost any surface to make its marks on, it is paper that proves one of the most productive and seductive mediums. In all its permutations, paper has the range to stand up as the beginning for creative endeavours in almost all forms. Whether it be an architect, poet, composer or artisan, it is paper that the artist has reached for. Paper offers much to the dichotomous relationships of art, from simplicity and complexity to man and nature.


Paper holds an integral role in shifting art practices for time past, present and future.
As technologies rapid developments and increasingly intelligent tools of assistance become dominant parts of art practice, Neon Parlour pays tribute to this age old base.

EXHIBITION: 22 August - 2 September 2018

OPENING NIGHT: Fri 24 August 2018
 

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Images:

 Irene Ferguson, Lisa 2, 2014, ink on paper, 841mm x 1189. 

Simon Deere, Araucaria.

Abbey Abbey Rich, My Spine Curved, my Mind Wandered.

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Thornwitch - An Exhibition by Orla Mary Gilheany
Aug
1
to Aug 19

Thornwitch - An Exhibition by Orla Mary Gilheany

Neon Parlour is proud to present the engaging work of one of our studio artists and Irish Shamanic Therapist, Orla Gilheany.

The exhibition Thornwitch runs 1st - 19th of August, with opening celebrations on Friday 3rd of August, featuring a Mongolian throat singing performance by Sage Pbbbt and Oz Kesik, followed by some Drum and Base beats by DJ Pharisee Nain.

A basis for the exhibition narrative is found in Orla’s recent migrant journey from Ireland to Australia and forms part of her ongoing search to depict imagery and information rising from the unconscious. 

The exhibition Thornwhitch at Neon Parlour is a wonderful insight into Orla Gilheany’s multi-disciplinary engagement with materials in her art practice. Orla is a painter and holistic therapist who beautifully describes her practice as 'a physiological need', and the imagery as 'a primal response to a life lived'. 

Her practice provides a spiritual framework with which to live ethically in communication with the earth. A basis for the exhibition narrative is found in Orla’s recent migrant journey from Ireland to Australia, and forms part of her ongoing search to depict imagery and information rising from the unconscious. The exhibition features a selection of paintings on a variety of materials including calico, found canvas and wooden panels. To connect to her new locality, some of the calico pieces were left outside to absorb elemental energy – rain, sun, beer, earth, thunderstorm, cats walking over it, wine, tears and bodily fluids. The materials mirror Gilheany’s state of flux, including the use of cheap and found objects when she had little resources upon moving to Melbourne. 

This process leads to the engaging notion Orla makes, that “the act of painting alone has resulted in personal psychological processing and the prediction of life events.” 

EXHIBITION: 1 - 19 Aug 2018
OPENING NIGHT: 3 Aug / 6 - 9pm

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Keys When You Need Codes
Jul
11
to Jul 29

Keys When You Need Codes

Artists: Jack Barrueto, Darsh Seneviratne, Rhys Pope, Maddison Kellie, Kazuya Yoshino, Bella Head-Gray, Gareth Owens, Kim Phan, Tim Salisbury, Ruby Parker, Harry Pullar, Elli Webb, Olly Main

There is something inviting about the crumbling sign of an old milk bar, or the way a hedge has been shaped to stand out on an otherwise ordinary street. Old cars that never leave their driveways appear to hang on for dear life while roadside debris becomes a sculptural treasure. These curiosities into the mundane scenes of suburbia are explored in the group exhibition Keys When You Need Codes, curated by Elli Webb. Fascinated with the images of strange suburban discoveries that flood her feed each day, Elli Webb joins 12 artists from along the East Coast in asking why and how these strangely ordinary moments can be so compelling.

“Is it purely visual? Colour palettes, interesting forms, pattern in unexpected places; or could it be something to do with the unexpected emotive quality of seemingly lifeless objects? A lonely, broken chair, a briefcase with lost documents pouring out all over the curb…

How do these things relate to our changing notion of ‘suburbia’? Are they subtle signs of gentrification? Are they the product of a growing population with growing needs? Do we feel the need to take photos and make art as a way to document our changing environment?

More often than not, people are only talking about the ugly of ‘the suburb’ - why is the discussion never around beauty? This is an exhibition of works that look at all these ideas and more, meanwhile showcasing the work of many young artists who have each developed their own unique style of suburban ‘portraiture’.”

Opening Night Sat July 14th / 6 - 9pm. 

Keys When You Need Codes is showing at Neon Parlour from July 11- 29.

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Matter Arts 1. Exhibition and Fundraiser.
Jul
4
to Jul 8

Matter Arts 1. Exhibition and Fundraiser.

 Matter Arts: ARTISTS FIGHTING INEQUALITY
 

Artists:
> Te’ Claire
> Mashara Wachjudy
> Nic Plowman
> Madison Griffiths
> Abbey Rich
> Shaun Tan
> Miranda Jill Millen
> Felix Atkinson
> James Bugg
> Minna Leunig
> Beci Orpin
> Gina Nero
> Myles Pedlar
> Serwah Attafuah
> Almost Iris
> Yasmin Nebenfuhr
> Michael Mitsas
> Mark Romei
> Sarah Gosling
> Thanh Vuong
> Jaclyn Paterson
> Jamie Lee O'Shea
> Sam Biddle

Take part in the first show of Matter Arts – a new arts initiative dedicated to fighting inequality through finding new and creative ways to fund, and learn, about highly effective charities. 


On Thursday the 5th of July, Matter Arts will be aiming to raise $10,000 for the Fistula Foundation. Over 20 artists have generously donated their works for this exhibition and 100% of proceeds will be donated to the Fistula Foundation. Come see this collection of wonderful artists and make your contribution with a $10 entry donation. 


The Fistula Foundation helps women who have been affected by obstetric fistula to get the appropriate surgery. With $10,000, twelve women will be provided with medical care assisting in restoring the injuries experienced during childbirth. A fistula is a hole between the vagina wall and the bladder or rectum. It is caused by a prolonged labor, usually of three days or longer, in which the baby typically does not survive. This sort of prolonged labour is all too common when there is no access to even the most basic forms of maternal healthcare. The constant and uncontrollable leaking of urine forms a horribly pungent and pervasive smell. The odour is so foul that women are usually socially ostracised. Losing their friends, their community and their dignity, most women live out the rest of their lives in social isolation. But treatment is simple, frustratingly simple: just a one-hour surgery, and two weeks of recovery in hospital. It is estimated that for every one woman who receives help another 50, at least go untreated and continue to suffer.

This event takes place on stolen lands of the Wurundjeri in Naarm. The sovereignty of this land was never ceded. Always was and always will be Aboriginal land. 

Opening night: Thurs 5 July / 6 - 9pm.

Exhibition: 4 - 9 July 2018

See more on instagram: @matterarts

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Ritual Face - An Exhibition by Jacquie Ingram
Jun
13
to Jul 1

Ritual Face - An Exhibition by Jacquie Ingram

Join us on Friday 15 June for Opening Night of 'Ritual Face' a painting show by Jacquie Ingram.

Jacquie Ingram’s solo exhibition 'Ritual Face' was intended to run alongside the release of an ABC mini-series “Unboxed”. The episode following Ingram and her artistic practice, touches on gender diversity and how being transgender has informed her art and life as a whole. The works exhibited will include a series of notebooks created before and during the documentary series, and a range of portraits painted in oils and gouache.

Ingram is a self-taught artist from Melbourne. Her style developed over many years of mistakes and art battles in high school. Born in 1994, drawing since she could pick up sticks, Ingram’s artworks have grown from crayon faces with legs and arms carelessly attached to carefully considered, loosely styled portraits. Her artworks have explored themes surrounding femininity, strength in vulnerability, and mental health.

Right now Ingram can most likely be found sitting sprawled out on the floor, painting anything that she can get her hands on. Her artworks are often given away, traded, or painted over. This exhibition is intended to show the developing style and practice of Jacquie Ingram as an emerging artist. She is a painter for painting’s sake, allowing meaning to be described by the viewer.

She has often said she will paint until she’s physically unable, or if passion runs out, she’ll turn her hand to something else.

EXHIBITION: 13th June - 1st July 2018
OPENING NIGHT: 15th June / 6 - 9pm.

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I DON'T BELEIVE IN GHOSTS - PART 2 - By Travis Vella
Jun
1
to Jun 10

I DON'T BELEIVE IN GHOSTS - PART 2 - By Travis Vella

Travis Vella’s Newest Painting show is the next instalment in the “I don’t believe in Ghosts” series, with the apt addition of “part 2”.

This is his obsession with ‘paint’ and the question of ‘belief’ at the core.

Belief is explored constantly, as both the ends of truth and deception are mixed in the images. 21 ghost stories were collected as a trade for paintings in the first incarnation of the ‘Ghost’ shows and they now form the basis of “I Don’t Believe in Ghosts, part 2”. 

Travis has sourced imagery from family photos on film that have been translated into digital and now appear as paintings. Light transmutes the images all along their journey from the photograph to screens, projection and the use of pigments. Travis is exploring the qualities of the paint as they change in different light wave lengths. Perception and reality are constantly being toyed with to make the viewer disorientate their vision.

The ‘real’ stories are mixed with fakes to leave all perceived truth as questionable. In turn Travis asks whether truth exits or if belief alone is enough? Travis is trying to make the viewer think of what they believe as he tries to simultaneously reject and embrace the mystic. There is the sense that Travis is feigning his disbelief in paintings that force us to suspend some disbelief as we do with all paintings. 

Travis is creating the totem and the icon to test its power, as if to ask if we can create the ‘spiritual’ where there was none, and whether this becomes equally valid. The use of personal and commonly believable stories embedded in non-truths are used to tempt the viewer to believe as it also draws out the desires of belief. Travis is asking if we need to believe in some existence of the mystic? Does this give us a beneficial emotional response? or does it burden us? These paintings acknowledge that as humanity seeks to worship, understand death and explain life, it looks for the divine or mystic in some way that may allow for the deception. Travis' paintings
intentionally disrupt the eye and brain to conjure an emotional response to your beliefs. The family and nostalgia is woven through all the images to find a similarity with each individual viewer. Travis' paintings make you to feel when you see. 

The opening night on June 1st will be a special event, incorporating mystic performance, and will give a unique understanding to the works. They want to make you respond emotively and consider existence itself. 

“I DON’T BELIEVE IN GHOSTS - PART 2” will be open from 6pm on June 1st– 10th. The exhibition will be open from 5-8pm each night after the opening. The opening event will be an experience in the investigation into the mystic and one not to be missed. You will have to see it, to believe it! 

OPENING NIGHT June 1 / 6 - 9pm
EXHIBITION: 1 - 10 June / 5 - 8pm

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May
16
to May 20

EON. Illustrated adventure in Time.

Oekologie Studio presents the fantastic work of Aviva Reed at Neon Parlour. Aviva Reed is an interdisciplinary visual ecologist. She explores the ecologies of nature, humans and our place in the Earth; the ecosphere. Aviva works as an artist, consultant, writer, illustrator, educator and scientist. Her practice explores scientific theories from philosophical and ontological perspectives.

From 16 - 20 May, Aviva exhibits her work as an interdisciplinary visual ecologist and formally launches her book EON. The Story of Fossils. This timely book combines exquisite illustrations with scientific prose to explore the current theory of evolution.

EON. The Story of the Fossils is a groundbreaking art/ science book created by visual ecologist, Aviva Reed. This book provides a blueprint for ecosystems thinking, a simple tool for gaining perspective into interconnection and biological growth. It tells the story of every living thing on the planet. It explores microbes as our ancestors and long life collaborators, creating atmospheres and geology. EON asks “What we can learn from billions of years of being part of an evolving ecosystem?" The EON book is a culmination of decades worth of research, art making and study by artist/ scientist, Aviva Reed. It is has been edited by prominent palaeontologist and ethicist, Professor John Buckeridge (RMIT) and is suitable for ages 8 to 800. The book launch will be a Fri – Sunday program, combining a limited edition print gallery with live storytelling, a children’s program and an academic panel discussion.

Join us for Opening night on FRIDAY 18th MAY / 6 - 9 pm to celebrate the launch of this fantastical book and Aviva's work as an artist, scientist, and writer.

The Children's Art/ Science workshop, Exploring the BIG questions, takes place on SATURDAY 19th MAY featuring storytelling, Q/A and water colour drawing session of evolution.

Times : 9 -11am and 1 - 3pm

Price $10.00

The Panel discussion 'What is the Anthropocene? ', will take place on SUNDAY 20th MAY, where a panel of thinkers within the field of environmental ethics explore multiple perspectives on how humans are changing the face of the earth and what that means for the future.

Guest speakers TBA

Time: 2pm

Price: Gold coin donation

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Materials - An Exhibition by Tom Crago
May
2
to May 6

Materials - An Exhibition by Tom Crago

Recently exhibited at the National Gallery of Victoria as part of the inaugural NGV Triennial, Materials by Tom Crago uses virtual reality systems to create a new kind of interactive experience at the intersection of art and design. Materials engages players in a poetic investigation of the human psyche; a journey of isolation, self discover, agency and creativity.

This exclusive 5 day exhibition at Neon Parlour showcases the work of Crago’s collaborating artists. While their marks are made strongly in the project as exhibited at the NGV, this is the first time their individual contributions have been exhibited together.

The artists represented are:

Mark Rodda

Viv Miller

Kate Tucker

Indigo O’Rourke

William Mackinnon

David Shea

Join us for Opening Night of this special show on 4th May /  6 -9pm

Exhibition runs: 2nd - 6th May 2018

See the interview with Tom Crago, on Materials shown at NGV Triennial

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Strange Fruit
Apr
11
to Apr 30

Strange Fruit

Every year just before the Melbourne Cup I plant tomatoes, and other tomatoes spout from the compost in various unplanned locations around the garden.

One year the crop of tomatoes I picked over summer amazed me with their variety of colour and shape.

I placed them on a blue plate with a few home-grown chillies, I found myself taking numerous photos of them, my fingers were itching, so the next obvious step was to weave them. So, I started on a series of works based on my vegetable garden, and the idea kept growing…

Joy Smith is a master weaver who had been exhibiting for more than 30 years. The everyday is the subject of her art practice and these experiences are uniquely caught in this time honoured tradition.

Joy consistently makes light of the mediums most complex abilities that she possesses, so a viewer can forget the time it takes to work on each piece. However, Joy’s playful and confident use of colour displays there is a deep respect for the beauty and rare displays of such a practice.

Exhibition: Wed 11  - Sun 29 April

Opening Night: Fri 13 April / 6-9pm

Image Credit: Joy Smith, Pomegranates #2, 2017, 10.5 x 22.5

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Shocking Melbourne
Mar
28
to Apr 8

Shocking Melbourne

OPENING NIGHT:  Thurs 29 Mar / 6 - 9pm  

EXHIBITION DATES:  Wed 28 Mar - Sun 8 April

Damien Lawlor was the comedian, broadcaster, writer and creative weirdo behind 3RRR’s dark sketch show Lime Champions. He’s also been responsible for a number of irresponsible festival shows, including the psychedelic comedy horror of The Hugh Jackman Diaries, the absurdistopian sci-fi comedy Low Status Update, and has in recent years applied his total lack of animation skills to create works that can’t be unseen. He now brings his twisted sensibility to the art world.

Shocking Melbourne is an exhibition that will blow minds, spin heads and turn tummies. Forget the Museum of Old and New Art, this is art made by Melbourne's biggest Controversial Underground New Talents. Featuring original works from the painters, illustrators, animators and video artists that are so subversive they refuse to exist.

 

Opening night on Thursday 29th of March will be one to remember. Shocking Melbourne is open Wed 28 March - Sun 8 April.

Self-guided and mis-guided tours available daily.  It'll be absolutely shocking. And free.

 

'Dark, funny, clever.' Herald Sun

'Crazy, manic... a lot of really funny ideas.' Beat Magazine

 

GALLERY HOURS:  Wed - Fri 11 - 6 / Sat - Sun 11 -5


 

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light and GLOOM
Mar
7
to Mar 25

light and GLOOM

For many decades Clive Jones has worked behind the scenes as a Film and TV art
director and scenic artist, creating the artifice and illusion that illustrate our cultural
narratives. With light and GLOOM, his first public exhibition since 2010, he turns his
focus to personal reflections on the modern world.
For Clive, the continued appeal of traditional painting is its ability to represent imagined
subjective narratives to a wider audience. These paintings are an invitation into the
private theatre of the artist’s mind.
light and GLOOM explores what it means to be human in a fast moving technological age,
provoking us to consider the importance of painting in a world of instant
documentation.

Exhibition: Wednesday 7 March – Sunday 25 March 2018
Opening night: Thursday 8 March / 6-9pm with Performance by Cookin’ on 3 Burners and Captain Ruin.

Images:

Clive Jones, 'Desolation Row', 1375 x 920

Clive Jones, 'Sakamoto Ryoma', 1375 x 920

Clive Jones, 'Peawick Lake Corra', 1370 x 920

Clive Jones, 'Three Trees Kyoto', 1375 x 915

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GREENS FUNDRAISER - Art For Alex Art Auction
Feb
27
to Mar 4

GREENS FUNDRAISER - Art For Alex Art Auction

The Greens Party present the return of The Art for Alex Art Auction on Saturday 3 March 6 - 9pm.

This show is a one week event raising funds for the Greens candidate Alex Bhathal's campaign for the Federal seat of Batman. Artists are invited to contribute a piece of work which will then be auctioned on a special closing night event, taking place Sat 3rd March/ 6 - 9pm.
We are calling on artists and indeed anyone who owns art to help make a difference in Batman through the contribution of artworks to this key campaign event.

The success of the 2016 campaign was helped largely by the amazing generosity
of the many artists and art owners who donated to the Art for Alex Art Auction.
The record breaking event raised over $35,000, adding much needed funds to
help fight the cashed up Labor machine.

Let’s make 2018 one to remember and get Alex elected. Donate your art now, and join us for the art auction on closing night!

Also running within this week long show is Equalitaria, a curated exhibition from various artists touching on themes of equality and social justice. 

Deadline for artwork submissions: Wednesday 21 February
Submit your application HERE

EXHIBITION: Tues 27 Feb - Sat 3 Mar 2018
AUCTION NIGHT: Sat 3 Mar / 6 - 9pm

 

Image: Hilary Jackman, Still Life, 71 x 92cm

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Create 17 - FOUND
Feb
7
to Feb 26

Create 17 - FOUND

Found is an exhibition of work by graduates of Northern College of Art and Technology's (NCAT) Create course. Create is a folio preparation course for mature age students. Each artist brings with them a wealth of previous study, working life and personal experience and this is reflected in the depth and breadth of the work produced.

The 28 artists forming the Create 17 collective have explored feminism, motherhood, health and the human body, Australian landscape and environmental sustainability across a broad range of media. Sitting together in the studio, artists shared stories of searching for home and belonging, in new places, new careers, and in creative communities. The work spans from memories of childhood to recent experiences of mothering, caring for aging parents and dispatching stereotypes.

ARTISTS:

Ali Griffin / Ali Ferrett / Aylsa McHugh / Bella Wenging Hi / Bronwyn Calcutt / Cate Laidler / Chantal Camilleri / Christine Pike / Chrissy Imbessi / Clare Rantall / Cy O'Neill / Nardine Keriakous / Helen Meikle / Judy / Schaube / Julie Vinci / Kate Clifford / Katy Hood / Leanne Coughlin / Maribel Arcilla / Mel Vizard / Natalie Kouts / Nicola Hoyle / Nicole Thibault / Nikki Frankel / Ruth Shepherd / Sarah Coffey / Serina Mukerjee / Shirley Billing

EXHIBITION: Wed 7 Feb - Sun 25 Feb 2018

OPENING NIGHT: Fri 9 Feb / 6 - 9pm

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Images:

Aylsa McHugh, 'Untitled No1'.

Cy O'Neil

Allie Ferrett

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Planet Paradise - An Exhibition by Eric Sesto
Dec
11
7:30 PM19:30

Planet Paradise - An Exhibition by Eric Sesto

Paradise is personal and universal. Artists can bring a vision for the viewer to immerse in and ultimately consider what their paradise is, what they hope for and what they dream of. In a world full of reasons to be disappointed, disoriented, fearful or much darker emotions, one can find great solace in such hope and wonder.

The concept of paradise is held in the term as a place, but can equally be a state of mind. Both are subjective but there is an underlying agreement that it is a place of beauty and bliss. Paradise is many things to many people and only determined by individual perceptions or expectations, however paradise has recurring themes and imagery that have generally remained constant throughout history. Paradise can be ephemeral as it is a rarely a place of constant existence. In this way paradise becomes addictive, as it is reached and then lost it drives one to return or replace.

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Eric Sesto’s paintings bring such contemplation to this subject without didactics. The paintings structure work with the rhythmic and playful to allow a viewer to overlay their own vision or dreaming. Sesto’s paintings give direction without the sense of being overly contrived, as if the artist is dreaming as the works evolve. These paintings are peaceful and allow for time, and, once given, it leads to bright thoughts and reminds us of the pleasure in painting itself.

Paradise is let to be whatever an individual may choose whilst looking at the paintings and yet it feels like Sesto is an artist that finds such a place in his practice. Sesto’s pleasure in process feels hopeful. If we are to hold an artist's duty as being ‘to give a better vision of the world’ then Sesto’s paintings are a marker to aspire.

Exhibition: Wed 17 Jan - Sun 4 Feb 2018

Opening Night: Fri 19 Jan 2018

 

Images:

Paradise Snakes, synthetic polymer on MDF, 2017, 1200 x 1200 mm.

Jungle Free Flow, synthetic polymer on MDF, 2017, 600 x 900 mm

 

 

 

 

 

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Softer Still - A Group Exhibition
Nov
1
to Nov 19

Softer Still - A Group Exhibition

 

Nine Melbourne based artists with disparate practices come together with a mutual focus on the ceramic material. The potential for this ubiquitous matter as vessel, sculpture and image is expressed with artists working across various fields of interest. The complexities of the political landscape, environmental concerns, reference to the domestic space and experiences of intimacy are all considerations that are explored in the exhibition, Softer Still. This varied approach to clay exposes the boundless possibilities for this material to form expression on behalf of the artist.

Artists:

Bec Smith /  Eva Giannoulidis /  Leana Kim /  Lucy Mactier / Samantha O’Farrell / See Mun Soo / Tao Delves /  Te’ Claire / Tessy King

OPENING NIGHT: Fri Nov 3 / 6 - 9pm

EXHIBITION DATES: Wed Nov 1 - Sun 19 Nov

GALLERY HOURS: Wed - Fri 11am - 6pm / Sat - Sun 11am - 5pm

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Interior Geographies
Oct
18
to Oct 29

Interior Geographies

Interior Geographies are new works by Roynae Mayes that dance between the domestic environment, relationships, and personal narrative. In focusing on these concepts Mayes allow her subconscious to compose what she considers to be visual poetry in the vein of Frank O’Hara’s Personism.

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Either we’re worth it or we’re not
Oct
4
to Oct 15

Either we’re worth it or we’re not

This show will be an imagining on belonging and country (amongst other things) in postcolonial Australia from a non-indigenous  perspective, through the painting of Thornbury and the psychogeography of my wanderings through the years and streets of the inner northern suburbs of Melbourne.

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Mahala Magins - New Paintings
Sep
6
to Sep 17

Mahala Magins - New Paintings

This current body of work encompasses her travels while exploring the affected and affective nature of encounters with place through a considered and emotive material response. Magins does not try to replicate the landscape around her but let it in through thoughts and the edges of her vision, until the paintings found their own life and direction, separate from but informed by their initial inspiration.

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Art on High. Strathmore Secondary College
Aug
11
to Aug 23

Art on High. Strathmore Secondary College

Art on High. Strathmore Secondary Collage is a co-operative venture between participating senior students and the Visual Arts Faculty of Strathmore Secondary College.  This exhibition celebrates the work of these young artists while providing a supportive platform for them to develop further direction, experience and inspiration within the arts industry.

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