Unplugged Live
Alex Gow & Anne-Marie May

Sun 19 Jul 15, 2pm

Past program

Free entry

NGV Australia, Federation Square

Temporary Exhibitions
Level 3

Unplugged Live returns to NGV Australia this winter, running over six Sundays from 5 July – 9 August.

Curated and hosted by Jae Laffer of The Panics, Unplugged Live sees contemporary music and art meet in the gallery. Enjoy short live music sets and artist conversations in the intimate setting of NGV Australia’s exhibition spaces.

Hear the performer play and speak alongside an artist featured in current exhibitions including: Indigenous Art: Moving backwards into the future, The Kaleidoscopic Turn and Follow the Flag: Australian Artists at War 1914-1945.

“Each week, a different contemporary artist and I will unlock the inspiration behind their works on display, followed by a conversation and short live performance with a musician, all set within the gallery space. I want to reveal some of the fascinating links we can make between songwriting and art-making as creative practices.” – Jae Laffer

Sun 19 Jul: Alex Gow & Anne-Marie May

Oh Mercy release their highly anticipated album When We Talk About Love on 19 June. Songwriter Alex Gow has described the album as his most personal to date, written while travelling across three cities in America and home again in Melbourne. “The lyrics are personal. The music leaped out of me. Its genetics are the sum of my musical loves. Bacharach, Cohen, The Triffids. Grand, proud and not self-conscious. I accessed all that I’ve learnt, all that I know, or think I know, and importantly, all that I love, to create this record.”

Gow will be joined by local visual artist Anne-Marie May whose works Untitled (Construction of coloured rays) (1993) and RGB (Mobile) (2013) are currently on display in The Kaleidoscopic Turn. May emerged as a member of the influential artist run initiative Store 5 in the early 1990s. To this day her practice has been concerned with the application of diverse media and materials into both geometric and organic form. Since 2007 May has exhibited an extensive series of sculpture in thermally formed and folded acrylic, which variously conducts and projects light with shadow according to the installation context. May’s work is represented in the collections of the National Gallery of Victoria, the National Gallery of Australia, Heide Museum of Modern Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia, Art Gallery of Western Australia.

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