Image: Sarah Contos, Kill Your Idols (Ray Conniff) detail
Date: 2010, Found album cover, beads sequins and plastic rhinestones
Bad Moon Rising Sarah Contos
Bad Moon Rising is a new body of work that embraces painting, assemblage, craft, soft sculpture and installation, which investigates themes of disillusionment and unfulfilled desire relating to romance, status and wealth. Adopting a ‘mono-no-aware’ approach, the exhibition centers around the sadness of things through the use of contrasting textures and disparate artifacts. When placed alongside one another these elements offer fresh hope and empathetic dialogues. Infused with voodoo sensibilities and fetishism ideologies and employing an intimate, personal and emotional framework, this exhibition looks at the relationships between these themes through materials, objects and textures whilst maintaining an erotic tongue in cheek charge.
An illuminated light box takes center stage and exposes a crystal meth lab in a vain attempt to produce Chloe eau de parfum, oozing sequined soft sculptural forms dribble from Belgium linen canvases, album covers of faded singing sensations adorn the walls with fetishistic bead work trickling from their eyes and macrame dream catchers hang long to trap desire in it's S&M like web.
Each of the seemingly disparate artworks in the exhibition have a whispering reverberation with one another that overlap and leap from the wall into space, creating a bridge between the 2D and the 3D. Honoring a background in stage and costume design, an unmistakable theatrical trace is prevalent evoking a dramatic, intimate and an unnervingly seductive affair.
Sarah Contos is a Perth born, Sydney based artist who works across installation, painting, collage, soft sculpture and set and costume design.
As a recipient of an ARTSWA Creative Fellowship, Sarah undertook an extended residency with Netherlands based theatre company Dogtroep in 2006-2007. She has exhibited in both Perth and Sydney. Her most recent solo show Great Expectations was held at Firstdraft Gallery in 2009. She has just finished her Masters in painting at CoFA and is currently undertaking a residency at Fraser St Studio.
Image: Lynne Furgang, Ummm and Errr, 2010
Acrylic on Canvas, 27cm diameter (each)
Pain Tiger Lynne Furgang
Wasting…waiting …tea making…time escaping…
How can the inert anxious state of putting things off indefinitely—or the tension between doing nothing and doing something—be captured or expressed? In Pain Tiger Furgang try's to create a visual vernacular of this type of unease through drawings, paintings and three-dimensional work.
Pain Tiger is a selection/distillation of works using repetition and other activities that have marked recent periods of agitated idleness.
Lynne Furgang is a Sydney artist working in a variety of media including painting, drawing, sculpture and photography. She has participated in a number of group and solo exhibitions at galleries such as (the now defunct) Wren Gallery, First Draft, MOP Projects and COFA Gallery. Since graduating with a Masters degree at UNSW College of Fine Arts (School of Media Arts) in 2008, she has continued to explore her interest in the universal theme of anxiety as a social and political condition. In her current practice she attempts to develop a personal visual language to represent manifestations of anxiety in everyday life such as procrastination, obsession,
dissipation and inertia
MOP Projects is assisted by the NSW Government through Arts NSW
Image: Alex Gereg: Untitled, 2010
Acrylic on Canvas, 184 cm x 184 cm
Asteroid Wave Veering To - Earth Impact Course! Alex Gereg
Alex Gereg is a painter, mixed media street artist who uses pop references inspired by Graffiti art from the 70’s and 80’s. Taking inspiration from early abstract art, comic book characters and futurism, Alex Gereg has shown his art on the streets and in gallery’s. Alex likes to create environments within his paintings that take’s the viewer into another world.