Inner Spaces is an exhibition of new paintings by Lukifer Aurelius. Lukifer Aurelius has been using the figurative subject to explore the idea of self as a multiform, dialectical process, inhabiting various states and spaces of experience. In Inner Spaces, the subject appears in solitude but often as an interplay of different "subselves" blending with and differentiating from one another, often in dramatic and ambiguous ways. The subject is depicted occupying a junction between internal and external worlds: junctions between indoor and outdoor spaces and junctions between an "outer" physical world and an "inner" subjective world.
Awakenings is an exhibition of new paintings by Adrian Cox. The paintings of Adrian Cox chronicle the lives of the Border Creatures, a race of hybrid beings that inhabit the lush wilderness of the Borderlands. The Border Creatures exist in symbiotic harmony with the natural world. However, they are frequently antagonised by the Specters, beings of pure energy that casually burn the landscape that they walk upon. In Awakenings, Cox expands his intricate mythology through a series of origin stories. Looking back to the earliest days of the Border Creatures, Cox reveals the sacrifices and trials that allowed a group of humans to transform themselves and their forest home. Simultaneously, this exhibition follows the quest of Penitent Spirit, a new being in the Borderlands that seeks atonement for their past life as a Specter.
Tidepool is an exhibition of new articulated animal bone sculptures by Gerard Geer. In creating this series, Geer explores a potential connection between land mammals and ocean creatures, imagining that cephalopod-like creatures could evolve in a way that could bring them to land while retaining some of their strongly ocean-evolved features. In addition, he sought to explore the relationships among these creatures: perhaps rather than being solitary creatures, like they might have been in the ocean (as in our world's evolutionary path), they might become social creatures. Geer explores this connection among the creatures in this body of work through expressive facial tentacles, which the creatures use to probe the environment around them, communicate with one another and convey emotion to viewers as they inevitably anthropomorphise the creatures.
Untold Tales is Shaun Tan's second solo exhibition at Beinart Gallery. This highly anticipated exhibition features a diverse collection of Shaun Tan's narrative artwork taken from the past two decades, from large-scale oil paintings to small whimsical sketches, relating either to published work or to personal projects that have not been previously exhibited or made commercially available. They collectively present a cross-section of narrative experiments exploring the fertile ground between childhood picture books and adult fables, each image suggesting a deeper story that is best left to unfold in the mind of the viewer: a family living happily in a skull, an unexpected dinner guest, a bird king, a lonely creature living in a bathroom, a portrait that's also a landscape. These are strange and highly personal visions that speak of everyday, universal feelings, and they present a special insight into the broader working practices of one of the world's most acclaimed illustrators.
3AM Rococo is an exhibition of realistically rendered op art paintings by Alex Garant. Exploring darker tones and playing with patterns and textures, Alex Garant has created portraits in which the faces and eyes of her subjects seem to skip their registers through image redoubling and superimposition.
Mass Behaviour is an exhibition of gouache and watercolour paintings by Brian Cheung. This series is an ongoing exploration of pattern and repetition as a means of self-reflection. Brian Cheung's love of meditative, labour-intensive techniques is an attempt to come to terms with his own insecurities as an artist. Is it better to go one's own way or to submit to prevailing forces? How does one measure achievement in an age of digital marketing and social media? Showing off one's successes is easier than admitting to failure, and too often there is a tendency to curate an idealised version of ourselves whilst sweeping mishaps and misfires under the rug.
Watching, Waiting is an exhibition of new sculptures by Troy Coulterman, inspired by the art of Hergé, the creator of TinTin. In 2017 Troy Coulterman attended an exhibition of Hergé's work. The simplicity of his characters, the colour palette, the imagery and the fantastical stories revived Coulterman's childhood fondness for his work and inspired this series. Coulterman set out to sculpt characters as if they were about to embark on some type of quest. All the sculptures look out into the unknown, ready for whatever may come. The forms and shapes that extend, surround or encase these characters are meant to intensify the urgency of their quest.
Phantasm is an exhibition of new oil paintings by Ross Jaylo. In his latest écorché showcase, Jaylo aspires to introspection, transparency, and authenticity. In this series, Jaylo explores the use of transparency, an aspect new to his work. The show's principal piece, Spectre, succinctly illustrates his love for the genre and furthers it from previous and typical applications.
Urban Metamorphosis is an exhibition of new paintings by Stuart Amos. This series is an intimate rendering of our connection to the urban plane. Amos derived his inspiration for this series from Melbourne, but he notes that the pieces could be relevant to any city. In these works, the subjects are emerging from the urban environment in some way, often becoming one with the background in which they are placed. This series also reflects our desire to decorate ourselves: the graffiti covering some of the subjects evokes the tattoos with which people increasingly adorn themselves.
Flow: Australia-based Artists 2018 will showcase new works from artists currently working in Australia. Flow represents the diversity and the rich tapestry of multicultural Australia. This show includes paintings, drawings and sculptures by a host of highly skilled and imaginative artists.