Kwanchai Sinpru: Sinner’s Battle

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The world of Thai artist Kwanchai Sinpru is one filled with demons, rampant in their violence and impulsive destructiveness. Mixing the eerie fallen angels and malevolent ghost figures of Thai folklore with images of contemporary violence, Sinpru is working in a powerful tradition of grotesque imagery, using it to comment on and dissect human failings and ugliness.

Kwanchai Sinpru’s work is informed by customs of folk art and lore that are strong throughout South East Asia, mixed in with bleak truths about humanity. Guns, living missiles, unholy fire and diabolic engines all feature in a blend of manic energy and a fascination with the dark and confronting. Sinpru manipulates traditional forms to create a new spectacular monstrosity – one to which our gaze is irresistibly drawn.


OPENING
5 – 8pm 7 October 2017

Private Projects
Suite 7, Level 1, Moonah Centre. Enter from Hopkins St, up the stairs.
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7 – 3 November 2017
Open Saturdays 10 – 4 and by appointment
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Kwanchai Sinpru is a Bangkok-based artist.
Image: Kwanchai Sinpru, Dooooooooooom!!!, 2017. Drawing, chinese ink and pastel on paper

MP HOPKINS – COLLUSION PERSONNEL

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Collusion Personnel brings together a number of text works by Sydney based artist MP Hopkins.
Using video, sound, drawing objects and photography, Hopkins rejigs, redacts and refocuses the language of social media, politics and advertising in odd ways; political rhetoric is refashioned into dissenting anagrams; targeted advertising is lampooned through altered, out of date fax offers; and the conflicted nature of social media postings are dissolved via a video poem that absorbs the inconsistencies into a chalky abyss.

In conjunction with the exhibition Hopkins will launch a new book of poetry Upright in the Field published by Sydney based imprint Ruin Press.

A reading from the book will occur at the opening of the exhibition on Saturday 5 August 2017.


OPENING
5 – 8pm 5 August 2017

Private Projects
Suite 7, Level 1, Moonah Centre. Enter from Hopkins St, up the stairs.
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5 August – 16 September
Open Saturdays 10 – 4 and by appointment
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MP Hopkins is a Sydney based artist working with sound, words and occasionally things in rooms. Hopkins has released recordings through Penultimate Press (UK), Vittelli (UK), Thalamos (GR), Alberts Basement (AU), RIP Society (AU), and Canti Magnetici (IT). He has performed at the NOW now (AU), Avantwhatever Festival (AU), Liquid Architecture (AU), TUSK (UK) and Colour Out of Space (UK), and works as part of the duo ‘Half High’ with Lucy Phelan.

Hopkins has written articles for Runway Experimental Art journal and un Magazine, and his first collection of writing Upright in the Field will be published by Sydeny-based imprint Ruin Press (late 2017). MP has presented mixed media installations at various artist-run and commercial galleries across Australia and abroad such as 55 Sydenham Rd (AU), Firstdraft (AU), Tin Sheds (AU), TCB (AU), Margaret Lawrence Gallery (Au),  MCA (AU), Artspace (AU), Gertrude Contemporary (AU), LaSalle College of the Arts (SG), Tiny Creatures (US), COR&P (US), and Turner Gallery (JP).

Kate Geck – RLX:tech

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RLX:tech specialises in meditation strategies to manage the demands of your connected life. Our perennial waiting room features augmented, artist-designed wall hangings that are accessible through a simple, free app available for smart devices. Once activated, they stream a range of guided meditations designed to alleviate many common psycho-social-media ailments.

A new language of interaction is evolving, and the emerging codes can be confusing (read but not replied), unpredictable (gangnam style) and tiresome (#yolo). In a recursive nod, RLX:tech provides space for you to manage these stressors through the very devices that trigger them.

OPENING


5 – 8pm Saturday 1 July 2017

Private Projects

Suite 7, Level 1, Moonah Centre, 113 – 115 Main Road, Moonah 7009

Enter from Hopkins St, up the stairs.



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1 July – 29 July


Open Saturdays 10 – 4 and by appointment

Kate Geck is an artist working with digital and sensory space. Her work considers ways that technology can skew and amplify sensory experience. She works with acrylic sculpture, neon, kaleidoscopic projections and augmented, digitally printed substrates. These works explore modes of materialising the immaterial, often processing mediated experiences into something tangible.
Exhibitions include Athens Digital Art Fest 2016, NARS NY, ISEA 2015 (Vancouver), International Centre for Contemporary Art (Singapore), San Francisco Art Festival, Nextwave, NGV Studios, Liquid Architecture, Channels and L’Atelier Kunst (Berlin). She has received awards from Australia Council, City of Yarra, NAVA, Copyright Agency, commissions from State Library of QLD, Metaverse Makeovers, RMIT, SIGNAL, Polyglot, Brisbane Festival.

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Ogasawara/Stearly/Chevarie/Fersonov

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Toru Ogasawara (jp)
Erika Stearly (us)
Martin Chevarie (can)
EP Ferosnov (ukr)

There is an infinite universe in my brain.
A constant restructuring of the layers of my memories.
I have my own style…Then again I don’t.
That’s my philosophy.
Actually I’ve never played the video game called ‘Metroid’

But it still exists in one of the layers of my memory 

– On the Metroid works, Toru Ogasawara

13 May – 24 June 2017
Private Projects
Suite 7, Level 1, Moonah Centre. Enter from Hopkins St, up the stairs.

Open Saturdays 10 – 4 and by appointment
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Image  – Toru Ogasawara, Metroid, 2016/7 collage and paint on paper, multiple units, 12.5 x 12.5cm.

MP Fikaris: LET’S PRETEND

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Let’s pretend

…that didn’t happen

…it’s all going to be ok

…we need to do this

We are all actors and we all eventually become what we pretend to be.

MP Fikaris has created a new body of work with images sourced from difficult human situations – people in combat, people being deported, homeless people and children under surveillance.Drawn and redrawn, refined and simplified to masked and plainly dressed figures in action these pieces are made to leave ambiguous but bold impression.

You wear a mask for so long, you forget who you were beneath it.
– Alan Moore

MP Fikaris is a Melbourne born and based experiential artist. Since 2001 his practice has swung between the worlds of illustration, print and painting. He enjoys collaborating and has completed artist residencies in Canada, New Zealand, Timor Leste, Indonesia, Germany, France and in various parts of Australia. His work is in collections with National Print Archives, State Library Victoria and many private collections.

www.fikarisart.com | www.silentarmy.org

Bethany van Rijswijk: Shapeshifter

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Under a kaleidoscope of leaf-mould and earth / and a pelt of yellow lichen / the costume of an unknown maiden / found where the sea once covered the Baltic / has precisely the same red-banded patterns / as certain hallucinogenic mushrooms / once revered as gods.

The art work of Bethany Van Rijswijk is best listened to.

It does not make any sound but each image is filled with whispers and stories and instruction.

There is a world stained blue.
It is terribly small, but contains multitude and bleeds light when it is cut. In another country, the wise women ate the sacred flesh and opened their eyes: this is what they saw. The plant world, silent and filled knowledge. The insect world, locked in a thousand year romance with the herbs and flowers, dancing together, their bodies imitating one another for the purposes of sex and dreaming. All was quiet; there was abundant oxygen.

Now see: here is a lineage of women. The old ones gradually show where stories come from, and they come from blood and from plants. There are traditions so small they are swept aside in history, where enormous events crush things and there is loss, stories are not told, the baton was not passed. But there are still the women and some of them recall a line here, an anecdote here and fragments survive, passed across time measure in aging and generations, not in number and wars.

The insects keep busy and the plants say nothing.

Here is an old book; look into it, observe a quality of image, a particular kind of printing, a grading of colour.
Imprinted in certain pictures, there are stories and magic, and blood, blood and work, work and family, family and death and magic, which is no more or less than the magic of needle and thread, no more wondrous than knowing the right mushroom to pick, the one that does not poison your smallest daughter, but there is no story because no one wrote it down; it was not important (but it was, really).

See the heresy here now.
Bethany imagines: it is fiction.
If you cannot see your imagined world because despite it being fact, factually it is gone, so it escapes erasure by becoming fiction (based on fact) and it no longer matters if it is real.

We may choose, which is a great luxury.

If one cut out images, cutting is irreversible. One needs to be quite careful. It’s not so much associated with art, more with sewing, and that’s quite reasonable, because sewing and tapestry are art forms we call traditional, or dismiss as craft, and are not really art (which is made by heroic brooding painters who may have a lover to clean up their messes) Which is not reasonable at all. IS it?

Take scissors and old books and make a new mythology of plants and women and insects.

Here you are: there are stories here, new ones made from the fragments of old, borrowed, stained blue with vision outside of time.

Exhibition:

28 January – 25 February 2017

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Open Saturdays 10 – 4 to the public and by appointment

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PRIVATE
Suite 7, Level 1, Moonah Centre
Cnr Hopkins and Main Road
Moonah TAS 7009

Bethany van Rijswijk is a visual artist and poet based in Hobart, Tasmania. Enriched by her studies in world folklore, ritual, and costume, her hand-cut collages and poems create an imagined mythology from found images and phrases. A psychedelic strain of “Eastern European granny decoupage”, her work explores the relationship of women’s folk art and poetry to the other world. Her first solo show, ‘Shapeshifter’ owes much to the scholarship of archaeologist Marija Gimbutas and chants of Maria Sabina, as craft comes to be viewed as a vehicle for glimpsing the sacred within the mundane.

See Bethany’s work featured on The Jealous Curator

Image: Bethany van Rijswijk, Fly Agaric, 2016. Courtesy of the artist.

Peerawayt Krasaesom: NIGHT FLIGHT

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By invitation only.
5pm, Saturday 10 December 2016

Opening event supported by

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Open Saturdays 10 – 4 to the public and by appointment.

until January 22nd

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PRIVATE
Suite 7, Level 1, Moonah Centre
Cnr Hopkins and Main Road
Moonah TAS 7009

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Peerawayt Krasaesom is an artist based in Bangkok, Thailand.

Peerawayt’s art practice is derived from his interest in, and processing of media and pop culture. His work occupies an undefined territory where mass culture is dissected and revealed in its grotesque glory. Peerawayt scrutinises the torrent of mass consumer culture, using his work to re-claim the pulsing murk of the natural world that has been glossed over.

 

After growing up in Surin Province, Peerawayt relocated to Bangkok to further his education. Graduating with a B.Edu (Art Education) from Chulalongkorn University in 2005, he has consistently worked and exhibited in Thailand ever since. He pursued postgraduate studies at King Mungkut’s Institute Technology Ladkrabang, achieving an MFA in 2014. His most recent solo exhibition, Classroom, was at the prestigious Bangkok Arts and Culture centre earlier this year.

Currently Peerawayt is an art teacher and advisor working with young offenders in the Thai justice system.

Nightflight is his first exhibition in Australia.