‘Debut VI’
Blindside
Curated by Natalya Maller, Drew Pettifer and Andrew Tetzlaff

Artists: Maggie Brown, Christo Croker, Dylan Hammond, Ted McKinlay, Sophie Mitchell, Sam Page, Van Thanh Rudd, Jacob Weiss and Marcin Wojcik

28 January to 13 February 2010

Maggie Brown

Maggie Brown

Van Thanh Rudd

Van Thanh Rudd

“Blindside’s Debut series of art exhibitions is an annual survey of Melbourne’s freshly emancipated art school graduates.

Its curatorial premise is simple: NO fancy French philosophy or long German words to connect points A and B; NO unifying theories; and NO attempt to fill in the gaps. Debut, without bias or favor supports the sweat and success of 2009’s brightest – the shining stars and the diamonds in the rough.

Work is selected from the tender bits of a marathon hunt through a month-and-a-half of near-daily exhibitions. We’d like to congratulate these artists, emerging talent we proudly highlight, and wish them well as they transition from art schools to art galleries and beyond.”

‘Accumulating’
Gorker Gallery
Michael Steele

4 February – 21 February 2010

Michael Steele

Michael Steele

“Gorker Gallery is proud to present a solo show by Melbourne based artist Michael Steele. Michael’s mixed media pop surrealist cluster paintings convey personal and culturally based themes. These themes are explored by sourcing and combining visual icons from the artist’s generation, referencing the development of computer game culture, the internet phenomenon, the evolution of a multicultural consumer society, advertising and the emergence of graffiti art.

By fusing recognizable visual elements together in random composition, the artist’s works engage the viewer to respond simultaneously to these clusters, evoking their own unique response to each combination. The works are rich in communication, obvious and hidden messages lie within each explosion of visual stimulus to interpret.”

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