To keep you across our city’s tastiest visual treats, we give you Art Beat—a series all about doin’ it for the ‘gram (and all the feels that only great art can give, of course). Some people might say art isn’t for everyone, but we disagree. There are no rules, and what you like is totally your own—whether it's pottery, pop-art or Bey and Jay going apeshit in the Louvre.
So here you go. We give you a taste of all the arty sights, shows and exhibitions you should be seeing this month.
Mason Kimber: Slanted Mansions
Raised in an architectural feature home in Perth that was all straight lines, simple shapes and a blurred interior/exterior, Mason Kimber’s work has long been informed by the construction of homes and memories. In his latest suite of works the artist takes his cue from the far messier, tumbledown buildings of Manila in Quezon City, Philippines. The mega-city, twice as densely populated as NYC, has been stamped by Spanish Conquest, shaken by frequent earthquakes, ripened and burst open by never-ending urbanization.
Mason wraps this patchwork of shared space into quiet, cool-coloured sculptural tablets. Appearing like soft-focus surveillance images, the paintings/sculptures cut through the clean lines of COMA Gallery in Rushcutters Bay and are far more interesting than your average holiday souvenir. Thanks for the memories, Mason.
What: Mason Kimber: Slanted Mansions
When: Until 13 October 2018
Where: COMA Gallery
The Intuitive Thread: The Japan Foundation
Go from the Philippines to Japan with a visit to The Intuitive Thread at The Japan Foundation in Chippendale. On for just one more month, the show presents the work of four textile artists from across Japan and is curated by Kyoto-based Australian designer and educator, Eloise Rapp.
The show is exactly what we'd expect from someone who has long been academically engaged in Japanese textiles research but whose former design clients include the likes of The Old Clare Hotel, Ken Done, WGSN, IKEA Australia, Thread Textiles, Mayamiko, Japanese Streets, and The Social Outfit. While varied, the works of all four female artists are grounded in disciplined age-old processes, while at the same time challenging convention. It’s a gentle fashion show.
What: The Intuitive Thread
When: Until October 27 2018
Where: The Japan Foundation
AUSTRALIAN GEOGRAPHIC NATURE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR 2018
Look eye to eye with a different kind of pup (seals), lap up the drama of a big cat fight, or see the sunset over dramatic terrain without the glass of bubbles in frame.
In its 15th year, the Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year 2018 returns to the Australian Museum. Running until late January next year the show features more than 100 spectacular photographs that bring us closer to various corners of the Australian, New Zealand, Antarctic and New Guinea regions. Far more taxing than your average snap, each image is a testament to the patience of its captor. Winner, Tracey Jennings spent 6 hours at a depth of less than 5m under the single relatively small jetty in Raja Ampat, Indonesia to get her winning photo of fish fleeing their predator.
Save this exhibition for a rainy day, according to the forecast there’ll be quite a few this October. Stunningly HD, these will make you practically feel like you are outside (or underwater).
What: Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of The Year 2018
When: Until 28 January 2019
Where: The Australian Museum
Established by the King of Morocco, The National Foundation of Museums of Morocco works with the world’s most prestigious museums including the Louvre, the Met, the Guggenheim and now Sydney’s own Casula Powerhouse on the Georges River.
Forget the King though, this show is about women. Featuring six Moroccan and Arab-Australian artists, the exhibition promises to be an exquisite show of universal female identity. Internationally renowned Batoul S’himi presents her exquisitely-carved gas canisters to speak to the explosive pressures on modern-day women; Safaa Erruas conjures silent pain by creating “white noise” with needles that pierce colourless works and local Sydney artist and founder of the viral #iammyownguardian feminist campaign Ms Saffaa wows you with a floor installation. If that’s not reason enough to get to Georges River, we don’t know what is.
What: Landless Bodies
When: 6 October - 11 November 2018
Where: Casula Powerhouse
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Image credit: Sunset at Square Lake, Luke Tscharke, 2018 (Australian Geographic).