18 JUN – 23 JUL, 2–3PM
Fraser A. Gorman artfully combines the sensitivity, romance and introspection of a classic songwriter with the unadulterated joy of performing in front of an audience. He’s never forgotten that rock music is meant to be fun.
Fraser is a central part of the small but amazing DIY collective Milk! Records (run by Courtney Barnett and Jen Cloher) and he’s just completed recording his second album which follows the release of his debut album, Slow Gum.
Sally Smart is widely known for her large-scale collage installations exploring the illusory and the uncanny. Her practice spans a range of media, including felt cut-outs, painted canvas, drawings, screen-printing, printed fabric and photography.
Smart has exhibited extensively throughout Australia and internationally. Recent solo exhibitions include The Choreography of Cutting, Postmasters Gallery, New York; Conversation: Endless Acts in Human History (with Entang Wiharso) Galeri Nasional Indonesia, Jakarta; and, The Pedagogical Puppet Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide.
In February 2016, 18 year old Gretta Ray made an impressive entrance to the Australian music scene with the release of her debut EP Elsewhere, showcasing an enviable command of language and impressive vocal ability due in no small part to her vast experience singing in choirs since the age of five.
A creative individual who is as comfortable behind the camera as she is behind the guitar, Gretta Ray confesses to a fascination with human emotion and an irrepressible desire to express herself. Gretta’s latest single Drive, is a heavenly slice of cleverly constructed indie pop with a discernible air of country.
Since graduating from the Victorian College of Art in the 1980s, Stieg Persson’s work has been firmly embedded in Melbourne, the city in which he works and lives. His painting style is best described as a postmodern mix of abstraction and realism.
Persson’s singular aesthetic is unique amidst the larger wellspring of creative individuals whose work characterises Melbourne more broadly. Persson was celebrated recently in Melbourne Now at the NGV, when Persson produced a specially commissioned wall painting that underlined his enduring critical relevance some 30 years since he left art school.
Sui Zhen is the alias of Melbourne-based ‘dream beat’ artist Becky Sui Zhen. Sui Zhen’s new album Secretly Susan takes influence from Japanese lovers rock, 80s electro-bossanova and dubby-lounge pop which Becky discovered during holidays in Japan and London where she was a participant at the Red Bull Music Academy.
From the banal pastel dystopia of her Infinity Street video to the invention of Susan, an alter ego who manifests in the forthcoming single Take It All Back – these colourful, surreal and staged landscapes allow Becky’s take on pop music to sit within its own uncanny terrain.
Born in Mansfield, Victoria, Louise Weaver draws on the aesthetics of modern art and design to create sculptures and paintings that reveal the narrative potential of everyday objects, relics and animal forms. Her diverse practice can be characterised as experimental, innovative and playful. Since the late 1980’s she has produced installations, sculpture, paintings, drawings, prints, multiples, ceramics, glass, photographs, digital and sound work.
Louise Weaver studied painting, printmaking and sculpture at RMIT University, Melbourne. She currently lives and works in Melbourne and is represented by Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
21 year old Alex Lynn, aka Alex the Astronaut, grew up in Chatswood, NSW listening to Coldplay, Cat Stevens and David Bowie’s Space Oddity. These days she writes folk-influenced pop tunes slyly tailored to sound incidental. Anchored by wide-eyed, train-of-thought narratives laced with wry personal insights, Alex the Astronaut scans as both naïve and worldly; off-the-cuff and honed.
Andrew Browne is a Melbourne based Australian artist who works primarily in painting, but also across complimentary graphic and photographic mediums including drawing, photogravure, intaglio and lithography.
Since the 1980’s he has developed imagery and subjects from both the natural and the man-made environment – through a formal collision of sorts – with a specific interest in investigating the phenomena of illumination, the poetics of the nocturne and the everyday, and the highly suggestive and evocative qualities of natural and built form.
Blake Scott is the singer and guitarist from local band The Peep Tempel. Known for their distinctive music and explosive live performances, The Peep Tempel have forged a reputation as one of Australia’s most revered bands. Their second album Tales and recent release Joy, earned them widespread critical acclaim and both were shortlisted for the 2014 and 2016 Australian Music Prize respectively.
Informed by a diverse range of pictorial traditions including Western and Eastern comic books, animation, film, graffiti, calligraphy and fashion, Kate Beynon’s works are a nexus of influences. Li Ji, a heroine drawn from an ancient Chinese legend, adapted into a contemporary urban warrior, has become a central character in Beynon’s works, negotiating her way through a global landscape marked by politics of race and class.
Since graduating from Melbourne’s Victorian College of the Arts in 1993, Beynon has held over 25 solo exhibitions including Auspicious Charms for Transcultural Living, Art Gallery of New South Wales; Mixed Blood and Migratory Paths, The Physics Room, Christchurch, New Zealand; and Kate Beynon 1994-2002, Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia.
Singer-songwriter Angie Hart began her music career with the ARIA award winning indie-pop band Frente in 1989. She spent nearly a decade in Los Angeles, playing the live scene and collaborating within the artist community.
Since returning to Melbourne in 2005, she has released two solo albums, Grounded Bird and Eat My Shadow, a new EP and an anniversary release of Marvin The Album, with Frente, and three albums respectively with side-projects, Holidays On Ice and Four Hours Sleep. She has had works published in the Women Of Letters collections, A Song For The Road edited by Kate Morgan, and pieces commissioned by Going Down Swinging, Lifted Brow and Ampersand magazine.
Kathy Temin came to prominence during the 1990s with works that hovered between painting and sculpture, art and craft, abstraction and figuration. Her signature medium of synthetic fur challenges taste and art convention. In 2012 she completed the public artwork Garden Islands for the City of Stonnington in Claremont Street, South Yarra and in 2009 her work was the subject of a 20 year survey exhibition at the Heide Museum of Modern Art.
Other recent solo exhibitions and projects include shows at Hamish McKay Gallery, Wellington in 2010 and The Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney in 2011.
Stieg Persson Painting 1990 – The physician desires to have others joined with them 1990 (detail) National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne W. H. Short Bequest, 1991 © Courtesy of the artist