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Keys When You Need Codes


  • Neon Parlour 791-793 High Street Thornbury, VIC, 3071 Australia (map)

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.