Melbourne gallery initiative Here We See presents Out Front, a group exhibition in Smith St, Collingwood that explores the diverse practises of Australian Artists. The show opened on March 8th, coinciding with International Women’s Week.
The artists present a diversity in art practice that goes beyond the gendered categorisation of ‘women artists.’ The exhibition aims to increase public discourse regarding ‘women in art’ and its worthiness of independent economy and economic quality.
The gallery space is a converted warehouse with a ground floor and a mezzanine level. The artworks on display include a variety of sculptures, paintings, drawings and mixed media, all of which are spread over crisp white walls on both levels.
Inside what feels like a fitting room, is Sue Beyer’s Xanadu. Silver streamers and disco balls fills the walls, with an iPad playing Beyer’s performance on roller skates to Xanadu. Headphones are provided, so the viewer can get disco groovy too, under the flashing lights and disco balls. Interactive art is always a crowd pleaser, and artworks that give the viewer privacy are a great way of increasing public participation, and in turn, making the viewer deeply consider the how’s and why’s of the artwork.
Tania Smith’s Untitled (white) is one of a series of works that explore the female body in performance in the Australian Landscape. At first glance, the image looks like a woman in a beautiful black dress with white fabric flowing in the breeze. However it is actually industrial plastic, and what seems to be the sand dunes is in fact a pile of landscaping material found at a building supplies store. The work explores the way images of women are often illusionary and constructed.
Well worth the visit, Out Front is a wonderful celebration of artists existing outside the categorisation of female art.
Open 12-5pm Wednesday to Sunday
Closing 8th April.
Here We See – Gallery There
424 Smith Street, Collingwood VIC, Australia
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