The artist reception for Emma Coulter's exhibition Shedding Skin. See Emma Coulter in The Design Files here and in the Melbourne Weekly Times here.
FLUID by Micahel Pearce opens on Tuesday 5 April and runs until 16 April.
Announced on 29 March, the recipient of the Arts Victoria People's Choice Award in the Victorian Indigenous Art Awards 2011 is Eileen Ballangarry. Nearly six hundred people cast their vote online for their preferred finalist work. Eileen's work, Black on…
Urban life in Melbourne is addressed via different means in new works by two artists at fortyfivedownstairs. Andrea Jenkins' eerie, harlequinesque paintings take us on a journey through Melbourne’s iconic Flinders St. Station and Parliament Station, the underpass, the subway…
Apophenia RMIT BA Textile Design Exhibition 1 - 4 December 2010 The RMIT Bachelor of Arts - Textile Design exhibition, Apophenia, is underway at fortyfivedownstairs.
Janno McLaughlin's exhibition of exquisite hand sewn paintings and works on paper, Walk the Walk, opened this evening:
Last night we held the exhibition opening for Into the Shed by The Artful Dodgers Studios. The exhibition runs until Saturday 6 November 2010.
Last night we held the exhibition openings for our two current exhibitions: Objects of Navigation by Russell Craig and Vestiges of Hope Unseen by Jo D’Hagé. Both exhibitions run until Saturday 9 October 2011.
Last night we held the exhibition openings for our two current exhibitions: Stink by Philip Faulks and Orpheus Diningroom Project MMX by Alana Kennedy. Image: Opening of Orpheus Diningroom Project MMX by Alana Kennedy. Image: Opening of Orpheus Diningroom Project…
When my friend Sarah alerted me to this exhibition opening, I just knew I had to go! Normally I wouldn’t be able to do anything on Tuesday nights as we have class at the VCA, but fortyfivedownstairs is literally a 1 minute walk from my office (not even) and it was perfectly convenient to pop into before class.
When I entered the gallery I was greeted by free flowing wine and gorgeous macarons wrapped up in mini cones using pages from the book, The Mystical Hymns of Orpheus. I gobbled mine up pretty quickly! They were absolutely delicious and were made by none other than the master chocolatier from Shocolate, which is my favourite chocolate cafe in Melbourne (conveniently located right near my house!).
The final year RMIT Fine Art Photography class will be exhibiting at fortyfivedownstairs from 7 - 18 December 2010. Update 10 September: See the changed date above.. now on 27 September.
Photos of the opening night of X-Field are below.
X-Field are a collaborative group who work across the disciplines of art, architecture, landscape architecture and urbanism. The exhibition features work by Charles Anderson, Richard Black, Mel Dodd, Sand Helsel, Andrea Mina and SueAnne Ware.
X-Field runs in the fortyfivedownstairs galleries until the 28th of August 2010.
From the Walk to Art blog. Read this post in it’s original context here.
I feel very fortunate to be given the opportunity to curate a show at fortyfivedownstairs, in Melbourne. “Unrepresented”, with artworks by Nicholas Jones, Christopher Koller, Ted McKinlay, Chloe Vallance and Ben Walsh, opens on Tuesday 3 August 2010 (5pm to 7pm).
Mary Lou Jelbart, artistic director of fortyfivedownstairs, describes the show: “‘Unrepresented’ responds to the vagaries and minefields of the art world that contemporary artists encounter. Curator Bernadette Alibrando, who delves beneath the surface of Melbourne’s commercial gallery scene and spreads her network far and wide, has selected five artists who have chosen to remain independent. While most artists see representation by a gallery as the best possible situation, others deliberately remain outside the accepted system.”
A selection of images from The Unshaped World II by Judy Holding. If you haven't had a chance to visit this beautiful exhibition you better be quick as it will finish on Saturday the 31st of July, so hurry in…
Opening of The Unshaped World II by Judy Holding. Tuesday 20 July 2010
Opening of Crossing Between Cultures by Tamirat Gebremariam. 20 July 2010 Exhibition being opened by Professor Su Baker, Head of School of Art, VCAM.
Review of Open Water by Rebecca Jones, written by Bernadette Alibrando and published on the Walk to Art blog: I’ve decided that I am drawn to drawing and, of late, have been viewing drawing exhibitions and hanging out in drawing…
The below review of A Shrine for Orpheus is from Art Blart, written by Marcus Bunyan:
Bees, books, bones… and biding (one’s) time, attaining the receptive state of being needed to contemplate this work. This is a strong, beautiful installation by Pip Stokes at fortyfivedownstairs that rewards such a process.
What is memorable about the work is the physicality, the textures: the sound of the bees; the Beuy-esque yellowness and presence of the beeswax blocks; the liquidness of the honey in the bowl atop the beehives; the incinerated bones, books and personal photographs; the tain-less mirrors, the books dipped in beeswax; the votive offering of poems placed into the beehive re-inscribed by the bees themselves – and above all the luscious, warm smell of beeswax that fills the gallery (echoing Beuys concept of warmth, to extend beyond the material to encompass what he described as ‘spiritual warmth or the beginning of an evolution’).
This alchemical installation asks the viewer to free themselves from themselves – “the moment in which he frees himself of himself and… gives the sacred to itself, to the freedom of its essence…” as Maurice Blanchot put its – a process Carl Jung called individuation, a synthesis of the Self which consists of the union of the unconscious with the conscious. Jung saw alchemy as an early form of psychoanalysis in which the alchemist tried to turn lead into gold, a metaphor for the dissolving of the Self into the prima materia and the emergence of a new Self at the end of the process, changing the mind and spirit of the Alchemist. Here the process is the same. We are invited to let go the eidetic memory of shape and form in order to approach the sacred not through ritual but through the reformation of Self.
Sir Andrew Grimwade opens the exhibition. Gerard Vaughan, director of the NGV; Nora Wompi, artist; Sir Andrew Grimwade, Chairman, The Felton Bequest. Nora Wompi and Suzanne O'Connell Nora Wompi's exhibition in the fortyfivedownstairs gallery. Furniture by Schiavello.
Jo Daniell's exhibition, Vestiges, and Robyn Base's exhibition, World's End Barbeque, opened last night. Here are some photos of the joint openings:
We had a lovely exhibition opening for Mary Edquist's solo exhibition Paper, Scissors, Paint last night. Melbourne based artist Mary Edquist resumed her painting career in 2004 after a long delay. She has worked consistently since that time to establish…
"Nature as History is a series of new photographs by Imogen Barraga Hall. Her 7th solo show, Imogen has been taking photographs since 2005 after her house tragically burnt down in rural NSW. But proving that something good can come…
We hosted a vibrant and busy opening for the three Midsumma exhibitions in the galleries last night. In the small gallery we have a solo exhibition, Photo Prodigious, by Anthony L’Huillier. The large gallery combines paintings of female film stars…
Starting on the 2nd of February 2010 we have an exhibition of photographs highlighting the extraordinary beauty and value of the Tasmania environment. This exhibition is being held by Gunns20 in order to raise both funds for and awareness of…