Ben Barretto at Gallery A.S.

Posted by Andrew on the 11th of November, 2011

If you are in Sydney next weekend, then go and check out Self Est:

SELF EST at Gallery A.S. feat. OK's own BEN BARRETTO

NOVEMBER 17-20 2011
Kirin Presents SELF EST.

Contemporary Art from Outside The Institution
Curated By Joseph Allen Shea & Marty Routledge
Self Est is a four day art event exploring contemporary art from alternative backgrounds. This first installment of Self Est (short for Self Established) investigates the study of letterforms and pavement based education. Self Est presents art created outside the traditional academy that has infiltrated the institution. These art forms may be self-taught, intuitive or born from marginal activities such as commercial art, graffiti or skateboarding. Taking motivation from these auxiliary artistic pursuits these artists bring unconventional and unique twists to fine art and are being recognised by galleries and institutions.

Thursday 17th, 6pm, Open till 20th Nov
Paintings and installations by Roid, Horfé & Dmote
kind of -- gallery, 72 Oxford St, Darlinghurst

Friday 18th, 6pm, Open till 2nd Dec
Paintings and installations by Jeff Canham & Ben Barretto
Gallery A.S. 53-55 Brisbane st, Surry Hills

Saturday 19th, Drinks 4-9pm
Murals by Roid, Horfé & sign painting by Jeff Canham
Kippax & Lt Riley st

Saturday 19th, 12-1.30pm
Conversations: A discussion and Q and A with Self Est. artists and experts on unconventional sources for fine art.
Ben Barretto (AUST) - artist
Jeff Canham (USA) - artist
Fred Forsyth (UK) - director of Topsafe & Crack & Shine
Cameron Macauliffe (AUST) - public art expert
Gallery A.S, 53-55 Brisbane st Surry Hills

Sunday 20th
Walls to be completed, and gallery walk throughs.

Ben Barretto 'See Sounds' opening at OK
The joy of creating. (In the background: Ben Barretto 'Thrash Petal' (2011) AND Ben Barretto 'Velvet Blues' (2011)

This Friday!!!

Posted by Andrew on the 8th of November, 2011

There's a lot of really good exhibitions opening this coming friday so you're going to have make some hard decisions. Choose your path carefully.

11th - 25th November 2011

An exciting exhibition of new photographic works featuring one of the rising young stars of the Perth art scene opens at Linton and Kay Contemporary in November.

Young Perth artist David Collins presents a provocative and erotic body of work in his first solo exhibition with Linton and Kay entitled 'White Rhino'. A recent graduate of Art with Honours from Curtin university, Collins utilises the medium of photography to explore the notion of hedonism and more specifically, the modern concept of the 'Responsible Hedonist'; that is, the appearance of hedonism as a disguise for masking the everyday anxieties experienced by a generation.

His elaborately constructed scenes form a complex and rich narrative, exuding lush opulence and richness of texture in scenes reminiscent of the opium dens of days gone by. His achingly beautiful and nubile subjects cavort languidly within indulgent sets lined with fur and finery in a defiant manifestation of excess and sensuality.

David goes on to explain, "The objective of the work is to create an immersive experience for the audience that will make them an active voyeur, someone who is overwhelmed and swallowed by the work, and who through their curiosity chooses to look further and see more. The intention is that photography will support the illusion of 'truth' evoking empathy from the audience, further provoking curiosity. It is through 'gazing' at the series of images that a filmic narrative is built like a scene that lingers. The camera's ability to capture the essence of time in the work gives the impression that everything visually stands very still allowing for a consuming gaze where the 'eye becomes a prosthetic device to roam around the image petting and exploring the tactile' until, the static nature of the bodies transform from erotic into a state of normality."


Artists: Yukio Fujimoto, Taro Izumi, Yoko Mohri, Nadegata Instant Party, Otomo Yoshihide & Sakiko Sugawa
Curaotors: Azusa Hashimoto, Jaime Pacena II & Leigh Robb

Alternating Currents is a major exhibition developed by PICA and the Japan Foundation and sponsored by Allens Arthur Robinson, that presents significant new work by six contemporary Japanese artists, artist collectives and musicians. Spanning a number of generations, the artists in this exhibition have multi and interdisciplinary approaches to their art making that encompass performance, film, installation, sound art and music. Their works interrogate notions of live art practice, involving local artists and communities on different levels and in a number of instances in ways that reflect on the local and global effects of the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan earlier this year.

The works in this exhibition will surprise, delight and provoke visitors to PICA and in some cases encourage them to become active participants. Audiences will be prompted to buy and consume a 'local delicacy', experience a giant game, walk on charcoal and contribute to an international 'conference' on the Reconstruction of Japan.

Alternating Currents is one of three connected projects that came out of a month long residency for 16 emerging curators from around Asia that was held in Japan last year and facilitated by the Japan Foundation. PICA's Leigh Robb was one of these, and she, together with Azusa Hashimoto, Curator at the National Museum of Art, Osaka and Jaime Pacena II, an Independent Curator based in Manila, will curate Alternating Currents, one of the first shows to offer Perth audiences a unique engagement with current Japanese art practices.

The word 'Current' has multiple meanings which lends itself productively to the curatorial premise of this exhibition, but which also extends to the connected exhibitions that will take place in India and Singapore in 2012, under the collective title Omnilogue, a term designed to present a multiple exchange of culture, ideas and processes between different curators and artists working on this project. 'Current' as an adjective can refer to contemporaneity, something happening now, the most recent, something in the present - such as the Japanese interdisciplinary art practices which embrace performance, music, collaboration and respond to local community in the 21st century.

'Current' as a noun also refers to water, to a flow, to a fluid movement. This understanding of the word also relates specifically to Perth, a city which sits on the Swan River, a water way that extends into the Indian Ocean. These bodies of water, and the currents that they produce, connect the three countries involved in the Omnilogue project: Australia, India and Singapore. 'Current' also refers to electricity - a flow of an electric charge between two points which can be also be thought of as a form of communication - a dialogue, which is what the exhibition hopes to encourage between Japanese artists and the local Perth community and art scene, as well as a dialogue between East Asian countries.

The artists who will be producing work for Alternating Currents have all been invited to create new works responding to the curatorial premise and to the location.



The Heathcote site in Applecross will be re-imagined as the state's capital city in a bold new exhibition CAPITAL CITY by artist Tom Mùller to open on Friday, 11 November 2011 at the Heathcote Museum and Gallery.

Curated by the City of Melville, CAPITAL CITY is part of Tilt, an exhibition program where one artist is invited each year to respond to the layered history of the Heathcote site, creating artworks through their chosen medium.

Artist Tom Mùller said his exhibition was inspired by the fact that, in 1829, Captain James Stirling earmarked the location as a potential capital city.

"I am seeking to acknowledge Point Heathcote as the quiet brother of the City of Perth and highlight that it was considered for the capital," he said.

"I also want people to think about the Indigenous history of the area and how the location might have been different - among other works, I have created a thought-provoking film, Silent Capitulation, which depicts Captain Stirling climbing up a bank and approaching an inhabitant."

City of Melville Curator Soula Veyradier said, "There is a rich history to the Heathcote site which Tom Mùller explores quite wonderfully."

"Kooyagoordup (the place of the Kooyar - a species of frog) or Point Heathcote was a significant location for Aboriginal men who used it for initiations. Of course, Point Heathcote was also the site for an important mental health facility which closed in 1994 and Tom Muller's work takes a unique look at this aspect.

"Tom Mùller has developed a series of fictional scenarios inspired by past residents, events and histories of the site. Borrowing from a multidisciplinary approach including film, installations and found objects, the artist presents a multi-facetted interpretation of Heathcote."

A tour of the exhibition and artist talk will take place during the Museums Australia National Conference 2011 on Wednesday, 16 November from 2.00pm to 3.00pm at Heathcote Museum and Gallery.

CAPITAL CITY by artist Tom Mùller will be officially opened on Friday, 11 November 2011 at 6.00pm by the Art Gallery of Western Australia Director Dr Stefano Carboni. RSVP by Wednesday, 9 November 2011 to or phone 9364 5666.



An exhibition of new wroks by Ben Hughes and Aaron Marchant at Galleria.


David Collins, 'Music Box (2)', 2010
Tom Muller, 'Heraldic Animals', 2007, Inkjet on Archival Paper


Posted by Jamie on the 6th of November, 2011

They keep coming...

via vvork

Them as a Fountain, 2003, Alexander Apostol

The Greater Asia Co-prosperity Sphere

Posted by Gemma on the 6th of November, 2011

For the last year or so, Abdul Abdullah, Nathan Beard and OK Gallery's Casey Ayres have been prepping for their inclusion in the 2012 Next Wave Festival, the Greater Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere.

"GACPS will comprise of an 'embassy' space for a fictional pan-Asian empire, loosely based upon Japan's geo-political ambitions in World War II. The three artists will inhabit this Orientalised installation space as ambassadors for this fictional empire, complete with elaborate costuming. During the festival, the Federation Square atrium surrounding the NGV Studio, and the installation itself will act as the site for live events and cultural demonstrations involving Asian cultural performers and community groups based around Melbourne.

The embassy, it's artifacts and these performances held in the space will elaborate upon the mixed Asian-Australian heritages of the three collaborating artists, in order to reflect upon discourses of nationalism, identity and multiculturalism in a critical and humorous way. "

As the festival draws closer, Abdullah, beard and Ayres are looking for support to help them realise their Eurasian togetherness dreams.

Donations to the project can be made here

For more information on the artists and the project, visit the GACPS website


Posted by Jamie on the 5th of November, 2011


By Michael Bell Smith

Art Tape: Live With / Think About from Michael Bell-Smith on Vimeo.

Soda Jerk Teaser Video

Posted by Andrew on the 5th of November, 2011

'The Carousel' at the Fremantle Arts Centre was perhaps one of the best things I've seen this year. Soda Jerk's work in progress 'HILTSWALTI' (How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Internet) looks promising as well, mashing together edits from Dr. Strangelove with commentary on WikiLeaks. Check out the video here:


Soda Jerk, 'Pixel Pirate 2: The Director's Cut', 2011, digital video 52 minutes


Posted by Andrew on the 4th of November, 2011

Speaking of fountains...

In frame of the second issue of architecture/art festival SYNCHRONICITY, Warsaw City Council commissioned a an installation that would interfere with the new city program of the revitalization of Vistula riverside. A floating island came out as a natural idea, as islands/platforms symbolize authonomy from reality serving as ideal figures or conceptualization spaces.

I've proposed a systematic approach: a water treatment plant powered by human muscles by Warsaw inhabitants performing fitness exercises and pumping poluted river water via kinetic pumps integrated in the fitness machines to four filters and four tanks to a fountain basin at the very end of the cycle. The whole installation is supposed to perform a role of a propaganda tool changing the consciousness of Warsawers by showing the efficiency of human action in the process of puryfing the waters of their river. What's meaningful, is the fact, that many Poles, even after twenty years of liberalization, still don't believe in their own potential as individuals or members of commuities, in positively changing their life environment.

From the Centrala website.

Thanks to Jukub Szczesny for dropping by tonight.

Jakub Szczesny and Centrala, 2009, 'Synchronicity 2'


Posted by Jamie on the 2nd of November, 2011

OK will be closed this week for change-over while we get hyphy for See Sounds

2HOT4U. Brick layers line, Rope, Dowel, 2011.


Posted by Jamie on the 2nd of November, 2011

Some new photography from our very own Casey Ayres.

See more at his blog


Posted by Andrew on the 31st of October, 2011

Tom Sachs, 'Miffy Fountain', 2008
George Egerton-Warburton, installation view of solo exhibition at Goddard de Fiddes, 2010
Some sort of political action.
AIDS-3D, 'World Community Grid Water Features', 2010
Olafur Elliason, New York City Waterfalls Project, 2008
Jeppe Hein, 'Appearing Rooms' in the cultural centre Perth, 2010
Klaus Weber, 'Public Fountain LSD Hall', 2003
Helmut Smits, 'Paddling Pool Fountain', 2003 (cheers to Daniel Bourke for the heads up on this one)