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Crop of the new

In exhibition, painting, photography on 19 August 2009 at 1:30 am

Three interesting shows featuring emerging artists open tomorrow around Darlinghurst in Sydney.

Kill PixieKill Pixie

At Monster Children Gallery (20 Burton St [map]), a two-man show by Kill Pixie and Cleon Peterson called The Mirror Stage. A former Sydney graffiti artist, Kill Pixie (aka Mark Whalen) now works out of Los Angeles, where his disctinctively coloured, delicate line drawing are in high demand from collectors and savvy magazine editors. Cleon Peterson is also from LA, well known for his paintings of a world where random acts of violence are the status quo. The exhibition runs until 17 September.

Cleon PetersonCleon Peterson

Anton Benoisstreet work by Anton Benois

Around the corner at Palmer Projects (238 Palmer St [map]), new works by Anton Benois and Esjay go on show under the title Bad Influence. Benois’ work is influenced by Soviet-era propaganda of his native Russia, with icons from pop culture mingling with faces from history. Painter, illustrator and designer esjay is also showing new works. The show runs until 26 August. Read the rest of this entry »

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Two from 30×40: Erin Flannery and Ben Rak

In exhibition, painting, prints on 21 June 2009 at 12:49 am
30×40 is a group exhibition currently running at United Galleries Sydney in Darlinghurst. The title refers to the size of all the works in centimetres. With 53 works commissioned from 31 artists, there’s a good mix of styles and media.
Two young artists, showing two works each, caught our eye.
Erin Flannery Monday Morning Latte Line Up
Yes, that is a peg leg in the middle. Erin Flannery says she is “highly amused by ridiculously over-sized bags and jewellery, flashy brand names, killer heels and killer trends”.
The women in her work might look cool, at first glance, even when they’re missing an arm or sporting a wooden leg which, Flannery says, will be the next big trend: “Get in before the rush.”
A self-taught artist, Flannery lives in northern NSW.
Ben Rak Decoded (All star)
Printmaker Ben Rak is showing two prints: the basketball sneakers show here and a pair of Rayban Wayfarer sunglasses on a yellow background. In these screenprints, the image is broken into vertical lines of different thickness, like the lines in the familiar scanable barcode.
Like a barcode, the lines are not random. A regular pattern can be seen repeating across the work. Intriguingly, the pattern is the same in both works, which suggests that it could be decoded, as the titles suggest. It doesn’t matter what the product is – the code remains the same.
You can see more of Rak’s print work at his website, here.
30×40 is running at United Galleries Sydney until 25 July.
Image details, from top:
Installation view, 30 x 40, United Galleries.
Erin Flannery Monday Morning Latte Line Up. Aerosol, acrylic, pencil, cotton thread on linen. 30cm x 40cm.
Ben Rak Decoded (All star), 2009. Screenprint on paper, edition of 9. 30cm x 40cm.

30x40 - United Galleries Sydney

30×40 is a group exhibition currently running at United Galleries Sydney in Darlinghurst. The title refers to the size of all the works, in centimetres. With 53 works commissioned from 31 artists, there’s a good mix of styles and media.

Two young artists showing two works each and both, coincidentally, about aspects of consumer culture, merit a closer look.

Erin Flannery - Monday Morning Latte Line UpErin Flannery Monday Morning Latte Line Up

Erin Flannery says she is “highly amused by ridiculously over-sized bags and jewellery, flashy brand names, killer heels and killer trends”.

The women in her work are arranged like models in a fashion image. On closer inspection, you see that they’re missing an arm or sporting a wooden (table) leg which, Flannery predicts, will be the next big trend: “Get in before the rush.”

A self-taught artist, Flannery lives in northern NSW. You can see more of her work at her website, here.

Ben Rak - Decoded (Allstar)Ben Rak Decoded (All star)

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Answered prayers

In exhibition, painting on 16 June 2009 at 9:37 am

Metro - Jackson SlatteryJackson Slattery, Our Plastic Everything is Broken

Congratulations to Jackson Slattery, who picked up $40,000 today in this year’s Metro Art Award, Australia’s richest art prize for emerging young artists.

He won with a small watercolour of Hajj pilgrims praying called Our Plastic Everything is Broken. Slattery, who is 25, is currently a studio artist at the Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, and you can see more of his work here.

Another prize of $10,000 for the public’s choice was won by Victoria Reichelt for her self-portrait, presented as shelves stacked with books.

Metro - Victoria ReicheltVictoria Reichelt Self Portrait

Also catching Kollektor’s eye were a photo-realist painting of recyclables by Peter Tankey, and Dane Lovett’s introspective self-portrait, below. Read the rest of this entry »