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