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GLOW | The 69 Collective
to Nov 24

GLOW | The 69 Collective

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GLOW | The 69 Collective

Opening: Friday 08th November 6.30-8.30pm

Exhibition: 08th - 24th November

The 69 Collective is an ARI arts organisation. The 69 Collective promotes community involvement in diverse visual art practices that reflect the zeitgeist in their response to contemporary issues, individual expression and group actions. The Association supports artists’ practice and encourages achievement of individual and group goals. Mutual support and assistance between artists, with a view to furthering artistic professional development is encouraged.

Our home is in Collingwood as we originated in an ARI space at 69 Smith Street before the building was sold in 2017. We now operate as an arts collective without walls. The collective meets regularly and hold exhibitions.

Recent exhibitions have been held at Collingwood Gallery, The Black Cat Gallery and Rubicon ARI. This group exhibition at Neon Parlour although not themed references the gallery with the title Glow.

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PROTOTYPE | Ted McKinlay
to Nov 3

PROTOTYPE | Ted McKinlay


PROTOTYPE | Ted McKinlay

Opening: Friday 25th October 6.30-8.30pm

Exhibition: 25th October - 3rd November

One stands before Ted McKinlay’s pastel drawings as before an attractive but vexing puzzle. The first look reveals a complex and pleasurable assemblage of line, shape and colour, which gives way to a nagging feeling that you’re not getting it all. This is because the shapes are not always defined and the planes intimate things hidden, as though concealed within a stereogram. What we really see is a painstaking negotiation between the artist and the very terms on which representation is grounded.

McKinlay’s drawings explore an optic space between figuration and abstraction, between the mark that renders something definite and the two-dimensional surface into which it disappears. He brings a single-minded focus to questions of form: How do we break the picture plane? How do spacial properties intersect in the shaping of something? Does light articulate or dissolve? How can an object disappear behind another without pushing it so far back as to lose its relationship to other things? Does colour create tonal depth? (Why do shadows so often have a green or blue hue?)

And from this arise questions of meaning. What is the point of figuration today? Why do we still see ourselves and our architectural structures as belonging to a landscape when our forms of social organisation are antithetical to the landscape as a living system? In the face of climate heating and an incipient mass-extinction how if it all can we move beyond the narrow epistemic lens of the anthropocene? The obvious beauty in these images — their careful arrangement of colour and shape — exposes nagging questions that are resolved in your or my opinion but never in themselves. In a sense these questions are perennial and it’s how McKinlay approaches them which matters. It’s that he grapples with them like a mongrel and refuses to let go. Whether he settles them or not is missing the point.

-Safdar Ahmed

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Ambiguous Choreography is a one night performance which explores how daily moments can be rediscovered in order to become more connected to the present moment and each other. Using the dining table as a set and the gallery as a stage, the performance sets up situations to procure new modes of dining and connection at the dinner table. Objects and instructions provide an ambiguous choreography, and one that is open to interpretation, allowing the diners to take ownership of their experience. 


Cleo Coppinger is a designer and maker based in Melbourne. Her practice is object oriented, driven by making, curation and collection. Cleo seeks to explore the connection between people and their surroundings, and people and objects. 

With a practice sensitive to the environment, prioritising subtle gestures and minimal impact design, her work is reflective, using annotation, drawing, and written and photographic documentation as a means of working.

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INNER GARDENS | Kitty Chrystal, Sorcha Mackenzie & Adam Price
to Oct 20

INNER GARDENS | Kitty Chrystal, Sorcha Mackenzie & Adam Price


INNER GARDENS | Kitty Chrystal, Sorcha Mackenzie & Adam Price

Opening: Friday 04th October 6.30-8.30pm

Exhibition: 04th October - 20th October

'Inner Gardens’ explores the interpretation of archetypal symbolism and iconography. Concepts that exist within a mode of perception that challenges linear understandings of consciousness. The interpretation of dreams and the exploration of occult symbolism can connect with our subconscious and surpass linear explanation. 

Esoteric-healing modalities such as these have offers a perspective into the formation of consciousness and its inner structures. Integrating these experiences into an active engagement offers the opportunity to develop a sustainable and informed framework from which to create and live by.


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Fa Faye Fa | Mo Flannery | Sebastian Ingram
to Sep 29

Fa Faye Fa | Mo Flannery | Sebastian Ingram

Opening: Thursday 26th September 6.30-8.30pm

Exhibition: 20th - 29th September

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A moment, immediately past and gone, the 'present' is merely layers of overlapping 'past', very illusive.Without any specific theme nor supporting theories, just simply using M's home-made pinhole camera to try to; in the forever forward flowing river of time (as how we perceive time); absorb and capsulate the beauty from the everyday ordinary



NIGHTVISION is a series of distinct photographic works that explore the documentation of the urban nightscape of Melbourne.

The series investigates the different modes of representation through the observational documenting of the city using analogue film. It also explores the way that technology autonomously documents the landscape through the appropriated footage of low digital CCTV cameras. Expanding this theme is the multi focal night vision apparatus utilised by police airwing pilots, highlighting the visual representations that encompass a consumerist and surveilled environment.

Mo Flannery is a Melbourne based moving image and photographic artist whose work examines the politics of vision through the intersections of technology and documentary. Her audio-visual works have featured in Film and Video festivals in Europe, North America and the United Kingdom.

untitled [ butchers paper ] | Sebastian Ingram


Sebastian Ingram’s exhibition untitled [ butchers paper ] are photocopied prints of sheets of paper scrunched, folded, manipulated without intent that give the viewer a series of inflexible and striated images. The rigidness and monochromatic regularity of his medium combined with the intricate play of folds and shadows that seem to compete for space itself, make the works dynamic and reorients the exhibition space into a pataphysical aside.

The plethora of the image in tight confines positions the viewer to enter Ingram’s very process of his work. Being enveloped into his process, the works encourage us to disparage the notion of an accurate copy or to put the very dichotomy of the original and copy aside. In a Baudrillard like manner, Ingram’s show declares that there are only copies of copies, where even the ‘imitation’ can, in fact, precede the original. Being deprived of boundaries, structures and consensus, the image saturated viewer becomes entangled into the replicative process where the concept of the ‘original’ itself dissolves. 

words by: Brenton Hale

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to Sep 8


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Opening: Friday 6th September 6.00-8.00pm

Paracosm, the 23rd annual senior art exhibition from the students of Strathmore Secondary College runs from 5th - 8th September 2019 and opens on Friday the 6th 6 - 8pm. Strathmore Secondary College 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, the senior art exhibition has provided a launching pad for its senior students as they contemplate careers or further their studies in the arts.


Paracosm 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.

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to Sep 1


Jordan Kaye |  Abracadabra  | 2019

Jordan Kaye | Abracadabra | 2019


Opening: Friday 16th august 6.30-8.30pm

Exhibition: 16th August - 01 September

Jordan Kaye’s solo exhibition ‘Resident Alien’ captures the state of his psyche during a four month journey across Mexico and Guatemala. 

‘Resident Alien’ is a series of images depicting lone figures in idiosyncratic and pedestrian moments that highlight himself and his subjects displacement from the physical environment. It is an investigation into the significance of the minutiae in movement, thought and in time. 

“Via exploring the importance of being mindful in environments I encounter, I have coined a concept called ‘Phototherapy’ - through taking photographs I am able to find presence in the physical environments I encounter. I believe that it is within the decisive moment of capturing a photograph that you are able to communicate with your sub-conscious mind. Through that communication I discover that where my subjects and where I exist, is a manifestation of my consciousness through the lens”

Jordan Kaye’s individual photos are snapshots of quotidian moments captured in vibrant and quiet backgrounds. It is these sensuous background colours dispossessed of a subject’s facial cues that give a powerful sense of displacement. Some of the strongest works depict banal scenes of everyday life - the opening of a door, the carrying out of bins, the solitary man in a suit walking down a soundless street: an absent-minded purposiveness that evokes an ‘eerie’ presence.

It is often said that photography gives us a powerful experience of temporality - a moment inaccessible to any gaze. An inaccessibility governed by the manifold of overlapping sensory information; as if the photo itself is distant from the world it captured. Yet, Jordan gives his viewers a consistent qualitative experience. A collective experience that stems from the old structuralist formula  - synchronic and diachronic distinction. Synchronic, for Jordan and the viewer of his work as the works depict a common qualitative experience. And diachronic, as each photo is an unknowing snapshot of a banal moment of a subject’s life that is more than likely never to be reflected upon. ‘Resident Alien’ is about displacement and temporality, it is as Derrida’s laconic epitaph on temporality goes: “In a sense, it is always too late to talk about time."

Unattached, pensive, an observer with a lens, he explores his place relative to his physical displacement from it.

Jordan is a Melbourne based street photographer and artist whose work reflects his understanding about the world and his place in it.

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FORM | Patrick Belford & Aviva Reed
to Aug 11

FORM | Patrick Belford & Aviva Reed

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FORM | Patrick Belford & Aviva Reed

Opening: Friday 26th July 6.30-8.30pm

Exhibition: 26th July - 11th August

FORM is an exhibition exploring ideas of shape, energy and practice through ceramic sculpture, installation and works on paper. The space moves from celestial to singular, acknowledging that the singular is never alone, always a part of the whole. Installations are animated by performance that inspires a meditation on the more mysterious aspects of our natural world and the energies and patterns that create us. This show questions what our own FORM is, asking us to be reflective and activated.

Exhibition program:

Tuesday 30th | 7.30 - 9.00 pm - Chi Gong session with Paul Mac. 7.30-9pm

Saturday 3rd August | 2.00 - 4.00 pm - Eco Philosophy Reading and discussion

Tuesday 6th August | 6.00 -8.00 pm - Japanese Tea vigil in recognition of Hiroshima anniversary

Saturday 10th August | 2.00 - 4.00 pm - Japanese Tea

Contributions By:

Becky Andrews

Mark Thomas

Lien Yeomans

Richard Belford

Unearthed Ceramics



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to Jun 23


Jessie Adams | Penn (The Kiss)

Jessie Adams | Penn (The Kiss)

Opening: Friday 14th June 6.00-9.00pm Including a performance by NQW at 7.30 pm

Exhibition: 14th June - 23rd June

Pink: a colour once used to enforce gender conformity, now reclaimed as soft power. Moving away from simplistic, capitalist stereotypes such as princesses and Barbie dolls, the colour pink is being utilised as a method of resistance.

The subjects of this photoseries use pink as a tool to express themselves and, for some, a tactic to display their queerness. Pink is becoming a way for everyone on the gender spectrum to push back against oppressive expectations.

 Cee, one of the exhibition's subjects, is a queer non-binary writer, researcher and performance artist. They use pink to interrogate gender “I don’t remember consciously seeing somebody dressed head to toe in pink and thinking, ‘that’s how I want to present,’" they said, "but when I dyed my hair pink for the first time something clicked into place. It felt like a bit of a ‘fuck you’ to all of the preconceived notions people have of my gender. The pink colour blocking came pretty soon after that. The more thought I put into curating my outfits around the colour, the more powerful I felt.”

Pink is pretty, pink is punk.

Pink is visibility - it is a means to take power, tell our stories and represent our community. Pink is a banner.

Soft Power is a print-based exhibition of digital inkjet portraits and a corresponding risograph zine by emerging Melbourne artist Jessie Adams. The prints and the zine explore the psychological, political and personal interpretations of the colour pink, as used by a diverse group of individuals.

Come to the show, wear pink,

and get your pink portrait taken.

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FORAGE | Tenfold Textile Collective
to Apr 28

FORAGE | Tenfold Textile Collective

Opening: 12th April 6-9pm

Exhibition: 12th-28th April

Tenfold Textile Collective has created a series of works that explore the possibilities of materials that can be foraged from the urban environment. In contemporary society our instincts to forage are redirected, leaving us disconnected from our local environment. Here, the artists have searched their own surroundings and utilised naturally grown, locally produced or found discarded objects, from which to create their art.

Forage prompts the artists to interrogate what survives, transforms, thrives or perishes in our local urban ecosystem, redirecting and re-sharpening our sensitivities to our world. The pieces demonstrate how a textile-based practice evokes an acute alertness to the frailties of modern life – over-production, over-consumption and a throwaway culture.

Forage invites the viewer to take a closer look at their own environment – to see what is being grown locally or made on a small scale, what materials can be used in a new way – to mourn what is lost and stand in awe at what endures.

Tenfold Textile Collective is a group of ten emerging artists who draw inspiration from encouraging, challenging and supporting each other’s practices.

Some, or all, of the group exhibits together on a regular basis amplifying their voices and inviting others into their stories.

Each artist brings different aesthetics, techniques and life experiences to their shared love of textiles and commitment to social justice and sustainability – themes that recur in their groups shows. The group’s work is process driven – where the acts of making and exploring, and the experience of creating are outcomes in themselves.

Tenfold Textile Collective’s aim is to continue to learn and develop together, alongside their individual practices, and to be part of the movement bringing contemporary textile art to a wider audience.

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to Apr 7



Opening: Friday March 22nd 6.30 - 9 pm

Exhibition: 22nd March - 7th April

Noah Spivak’s Fixed Not Forgotten  offers no personal  autobiography. His current processes isolate, break and reconstitute the materials that compose photographs, producing versions of the photographic that present audiences with the distance that can exist between a physical object and a study of visual re-presentation. The artist’s fascination with the human senses, the ambiguity of the everyday and the space in which the art experience occurs culminate in a body of work that explore how we experience the small phenomena of the reality we inhabit.

Rather than presenting pictures, Spivak presents “objects” that revel in chemical photography’s elusive nuances. Despite the popularity of the camera today and the influx of photographs being taken on a daily basis, there seems to be an almost ignorance to the medium’s history. It is this unfamiliarity that Spivak aims to explore and highlight.

Spivak is a Melbourne based artist who has exhibited locally and internationally. Spivak studied at the Cooper Union School of Art, New York and receive a Bachelor of Fine Art from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Vancouver in 2015.

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to Mar 17


Opening: 8th March 6-9pm

Exhibition: 8-17th March

My paintings explore ideas of representation and our altered visual culture in an age of digital technology and imagery. Modern life is continuously bombarded by visual information relayed by screens, digital media and technology.

This information is reflected back at us, usually in small glimpses, revealing a shattered and splintered view of reality. We consume this reality through our eyes as we survey the limitless geometry of the screen and the flattened image 

 We are unaware of the effect that the myriad of images has on our ability to perceive and discern our way through the accumulated, visual detritus. Instead we are caught in the midst of this wave and blinded by our insatiable desire for visual stimulation. 

This visual detritus is akin to the notion of jouissance as a political factor. Whereby, the imposed ideology does not operate as a mere system of representation, but as visceral gratification - an ideology enjoyed despite what the subject morally claims. 

 My paintings respond to this state in a fragmented, almost schizophrenic way, while subverting the notions of representation and perception. These graphic images thus portray how jouissance returns to the subject not as discourse or as system of representation but rather by associating itself with the locus of the Other. 

The intensity of my response is heightened by painting’s ability to reject the recognizable tropes of digital media while still appropriating its visual language.

Glitches, split-screen images and saturated colour are liberated from the screen and relocated into paintings, which provide a somewhat disjointed interpretation of our current visual engagement and preoccupation.  

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re:CREATE | graduate show from the NCAT CREATE course 2018
to Mar 4

re:CREATE | graduate show from the NCAT CREATE course 2018

Deb Ladd

Opening: Friday 15 February 6-8pm

Exhibition: 15 February - 3rd March


The graduate show from the NCAT Create (2018) Certificate III in Visual Arts.

The show features 29 artists ranging in age and experience who employ a variety of genres and mediums. The work represents the personal creative journey of each artist over the duration of the course.

re: CREATE attempts to bring these individual creative journeys together into a cohesive show around personal experience and the similarities and differences that lie within each artistic journey, and how are personal experiences shape our art.



Andrea McLoughlin

Ange Kelly

Ange Stock

Ann-Maree Gentile

Bec Yule

Briar Jasper-Batson

Celia Roberts

Daniela Zimmermann

Deb Ladd

Deb Parfitt

Donna Broadbent

Emma Fulgenzi

Gina Grant

Janece Callaway

Jo Shanahan

Kirsten Dunkley

Lynne Patatsos

Marcia Rolfs

Mary-Lou Pittard

Meg Fennessy

Megan Tsen

Nicky Cross

Natalie Soo

Sarah Anthony

Sarah Doyle

Susan Davies

Tash Bailey

Vair Buchanan

Yumi McKey

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