Oleanders is the latest series of hand-painted sculptures by Miso. This show, inspired by the Romantic and Baroque eras, features animals soaking and bathing in deadly teas as a natural defense against predators.
A Little Heart is QimmyShimmy's second solo exhibition combining food, culture and memories. This series features QimmyShimmy’s twist on dim sum (点心), a style of Chinese cuisine that dates back to the Tang and Song dynasties but remains much loved and relevant today.
microKosmos is an exhibition of new miniature oil paintings by Marina Dieul. This collection is a continued exploration of Dieul’s fascination with trompe-l'oeil and her love for animals. Some of her paintings are life-size and others are miniatures, allowing her to play with different scales for storytelling. Her love of optical effects and the observation of our foster cats interacting with Christmas balls inspired the new miniseries Reflexion.
Urban is an exhibition of new acrylic and oil paintings by Cinta Vidal. In this collection, Vidal explores the cityscapes of the different places she has visited and which have captivated her. She is fascinated by the random collective composition that urban spaces have. In these works, she plays with multiple perspectives in order draw parallels to the different points of view we all have in our environments.
The Primate Directive is an exhibition of new oil paintings by Chris Leib. In this series, Leib continues to examine our precarious path started long ago, through his cast of wise, tolerant bonobos and rambunctious astronaut children. While seemingly whimsical, the paintings are laden with hidden meaning and explore themes of heroism, Western folklore, and the schism of instinct and control. Weaving through the meticulous detail in these paintings, threads of symbols and narrative point to a collision trajectory of power, privacy and technology that threatens our delicate position in the evolutionary scheme.
The Administrators is Chet Zar's debut Australian solo exhibition of new oil paintings. This show depicts a new class of beings in Dy5topia, the alternate dystopian reality that serves as the setting for Zar's work: the faceless bureaucrats who help run things behind the scenes. Zar imagines a shadowy underground maze of rusty pipes and old electronic control panels, as in a kind of demented boiler room, from where they do their bidding for those in charge.
Dark Art 2019 is our second annual group exhibition, celebrating a realm of art that challenges and delights. Dark art can be controversial; it is certainly misunderstood. While it presents themes and imagery that can be difficult to confront, its beauty lies in giving voice to the struggles many people face both internally and within relationships to others and the outside world in general. Dark art does not shy away from pain or struggle: it acknowledges it and even celebrates victory over it. And that is what makes the confrontation enriching for the viewer: that and, of course, the beauty inherent in the work itself.
Small Works 2019 is Beinart Gallery's 4th annual group exhibition devoted to artworks under 12" x 12". This show features works in a variety of mediums by more than 75 artists, with a number of old favourites and host of artists who are new the the gallery!
Breathe is an exhibition of new watercolour paintings by Hieu, who goes by the alias 'kelogsloops.' Hieu created this series as a reminder for us all to find respite amongst the chaos of our daily lives. Each work is a singular moment frozen in time, depicting that fleeting feeling of stillness: not one of happiness or sorrow but one of contentment and acknowledgment of everything that is in the present. The mysterious figures are suspended in limbo, where they endlessly dream, or are intertwined in a dance of sorts between familiar spirits. They remain candid and vulnerable, having found comfort in knowing that everything happens for a reason and that things will work out the way they are meant to.
Little World is an exhibition of new porcelain sculptures by Johnson Tsang. Little World derives its inspiration from Tsang's own inner child. Tsang has been teaching pottery for 20 years; he started teaching children in 2005, and in order to better relate to them, he cast his inner self back to the age of a child. Seeing the class through a child's eyes allowed him to enjoy the classes as much as they did. Tsang envisions his inner child as a presence that still visits him and gives him simple answers about life's complexities with wisdom, vision, and a sense of humour, and he often connects with this presence when he is creating art. The Little World series is Tsang's interpretation of his inner child's view of the outside world.