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WYD: Our top gallery pics of the week, February 9

Art as hot and spicy as this week's forecast

Posted by Emma Arnold

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For those of you that keep up with WYD every week, which is, of course, all of you, I have the best news. Like the best. The best news. (Read that in a Trump’s voice to unlock my meme). I now have a working internet connection!

I know the past couple WYD intros have detailed my lack of ability to “get shit done,” owing to my computer’s/internet’s incompetence, but going over my data no more—everything I need to write is now in working order.

So of course, I’ve spent the last few hours watching all of the parodies of the Netherland’s welcome videos to Trump (meme unlocked) because I’m a month behind on Trump videos now. My internet is buzzing but my priorities are still whack. My only saving grace is, perhaps, that the events this week are on such a level that I am genuinely motivated to leave my house and soak up some art, so I hope you do too.

01. Superposition of three types - NSW

With work from 13 different artists, Superposition of three types brings a range of generations under Artspace Sydney’s roof. With a focus on ‘colourist abstraction,’ the pieces are set to delve into the realm of shapes and architecture, and with such a range of talents, there’s no saying where this exploration will go. As ten of the lineup are colourists, the remaining three are working with sound and movement within the gallery space, so as to creative an immersive experience for audiences to engage with.

If you can’t make the opening night, there’s no need to fret as the pieces will be on display until April 17. That being said, you might want to see if you can make the opening night to catch a performance by Shelley Lasica. You can check out the Facebook event here for full details.

02. Us - Sydney

Atong Atem’s work demands your attention.

The Melbourne-based photographer draws on themes that are as thought-provoking as they are important in our current political and social climate. It is through her lens that she explores black identity and reclaims a style of portraiture that was typical of West African Studios in the ’60s. In doing so, she shifts the focus back on to the cultural identities of first and second generation Africans in Australia. Here, it becomes clear that the dialogue surrounding her work is just as powerful as the shots themselves.

The Australian Centre for Photography has linked up with Customs House to present the compelling work of young Atem, with her series titled Us. You can find out more information for the opening night here, and be sure to check out more of Atem’s work.

03. Late Works - Richmond

Mirka Mora’s latest exhibition nearly had us in tears. Titled Late Works, from our frantic googling we have ascertained that the living legend is still very much living, so there is no need to whip out tissues on account of the exhibition’s name.

After arriving in Australia from France as a Holocaust survivor in 1953, the painter and sculpture made Melbourne her home, where she played a poignant role in the development of contemporary art in Australia. Now, it’s time to celebrate the artist in her full glory, so be sure to check out the Facebook event for all the details on the opening night.

04. Festival Of The Photocopier - Melbourne CBD

Our good friends at Sticky Institute are back at it again for this years Festival Of The Photocopier. Albeit, this event is so huge it might be already known to a *few* of you, but if you’re anything like us, it’s a bit of a surprise the date has rolled around so soon. So what do you need to know, other than that there will be over 200 zine stalls and that entry is free? Maybe how to pronounce zine?

Alright, now you’re pretty much covered. Oh, and here’s the Facey link, of course.

05. In Between - Thornbury

Using recycled and reconstructed materials, Georgina Lamperd showcases a query into what we consider the finished product, by exposing the In-Between.’By making and re-making, her art allows viewers to see her progress with each piece and further question the way we define finality.

Additionally, some of the pieces shown are from her body of work for her Fine Art Honours graduation installation piece, as pictured above, which warps the audiences perception of the typical cityscape. This kind of work isn’t to be missed, so be sure to check out the Facebook event for full details on the opening night.

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