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Looking for the buzz

Looking for the buzz

By Rhonda Dredge Some galleries in the CBD are planning great events, such as viewings at the Sofitel Hotel, to celebrate reopening. Others have continued their exhibition program, combining online with gallery viewings. All are working slowly towards recapturing the buzz. Sarah Scout Presents in Collins St is still dealing with the aftermath of Spring

A sad, old ghost town

By Rhonda Dredge On Victoria St near the market is a cool little lounge/gallery called One Star that has a foot in both the CBD and West Melbourne. The place is next door to the city’s oldest Balinese restaurant and up the street from a bar filled with books. One Star caters to those who

Comforting little constructions

By Rhonda Dredge Abstract painter Andrée van Schaik has sold five out of the seven paintings shown in this year’s Spring 1883 Art Fair. This is despite the fact that the fair, which is held each year at the Windsor, had to go online because of the lockdown. Last year’s fair suffered the fate of

Will Spring go ahead?

By Rhonda Dredge Galleries are getting ready for Spring 1883, usually a joy-filled, anarchic coming together of Melbourne’s art community at the much-loved Windsor Hotel. Last year’s event was cancelled in March but Kate Nodrum is confident this one will go ahead. She’s sorting through paintings at her gallery and imagining them in place in

Releasing the spirit of LEGO

By Rhonda Dredge CBD resident Jan van Schaik makes his own sculptural toys out of LEGO and exhibits them around the world.  He gave a talk at gallery Sarah Scout Presents in May prior to the Venice Biennale of Architecture. His Lost Tablets will be featured in the online version of the prestigious show. Mr

Watching the world from behind

By Rhonda Dredge The best work comes out of the imagination of artists rather than curators at public institutions or sanctioned trends. Growing up in the art world helps. The parents of Brendan Huntley, showing at Tolarno, were potters. This gave him the impetus at an early age to follow his bent. “In my nature

Portraits of a fictional artist

By Rhonda Dredge Photographs no longer reflect the world; rather the world reflects them. They deliver a version of reality that at a surface level is consumed as “truth”. “As such, photographs demand an act of faith,” Kiron Robinson said, curator of a group exhibition at Sara Scout Presents in Collins St. Kiron was present

Final John Nixon works on show

By Rhonda Dredge There is still time to catch the cool minimal- ism of John Nixon in an exhibition at Anna Schwartz Gallery in Flinders Lane. The exhibition must break a record for a commercial gallery in that it’s showing for 10 months. The gallery rejected a digital solution when the exhibition was forced to

Made for the home office

By Rhonda Dredge There’s an old adage bandied around among gallerists that when times are difficult you show difficult art. Neon Parc has opened up, the first gallery in the CBD, with a difficult show. It’s not easy to connect with the exhibition called House Arrest. Ho Ho Ho Chinese Scroll, for example, seems particularly

A different view from Eastern Hill

By Rhonda Dredge When you gather artists together you usually have controversy, even at the Victorian Artists’ Society (VAS) in its lovely Romanesque building just east of the Hoddle Grid. Not many are aware of the pleasures of the society nor its illustrious history. It was here in the late 1800s that the Heidelberg School

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