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
Neon Parlour is proud to present the engaging work of one of our studio artists and Irish Shamanic Therapist, Orla Gilheany.
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
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
@ireneferg / @jriches1 / Shannon Mary Art / Ted Mckinlay / @travisvellathepainter / @_clone_nt_ / @abbey_rich / @myki.declined / @savinahopkins / @simondeereart / @ze.n1e / @lin_tobias
Irene Ferguson, Lisa 2, 2014, ink on paper, 841mm x 1189.
Simon Deere, Araucaria.
Abbey Abbey Rich, My Spine Curved, my Mind Wandered.
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.
Matter Arts: ARTISTS FIGHTING INEQUALITY
> 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
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.
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
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
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
Price: Gold coin donation
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:
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
Aylsa McHugh, 'Untitled No1'.
Makeshift is a collaborative exhibition of two artists' experience of making paintings and being in the bush.
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.
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
Paradise Snakes, synthetic polymer on MDF, 2017, 1200 x 1200 mm.
Jungle Free Flow, synthetic polymer on MDF, 2017, 600 x 900 mm
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Grey Skies Blue is a multi channel AV installation by Guy Harris, Larry Lawson & The Spheres. An impressionistic representation of political protest, the work presents two visual essays which explore the contestation of ideology and offer two very different portraits of power.