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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Apr
17
2:00 AM02:00

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
Apr
17
12:00 AM00:00

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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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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VALID
Jul
27
to Aug 8

VALID

The group exhibition VALID draws focus to validation in relationship to intersubjectivity, vulnerability and strength, exploring the important role that it plays in the confirmation of selfhood.

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