Archive : 2019

May 22 - June 8, 2019

Caterina Leone

No Gods no masterpieces

Caterina Leone is a Melbourne-based artist revitalising the technique of silverpoint to create artworks that question societal belief structures and notions of gender. Working in self-portraiture is her rebellion against a cultural conditioning that disempowered her sex and gender identity. Religious, mythological and art historical references and aesthetics feature heavily, as these hold conflicting suggestions of exclusion and reverence for the artist. Her combination of silverpoint - a largely forgotten way of drawing with precious metals - with contemporary mediums like spray paint, is a means of exploring this inner conflict in her choice of materials as well as subject matter. 

Lukas Clark Orsanic

Shift and Simmer

Shift and Simmer considers the phenomenology of looking through contemporary abstract painting. The body of work examines colour’s state of flux by negotiating the perceivable energies in painting, viewing duration, and materiality.  Drawing from the Optical Art movement’s intention to reveal and awaken vision through optical manipulation the selection of bold, idiosyncratic works engage painting’s possibility to enliven over durational viewing.

The paintings in this eexhibition provide a space for a dialogue between zones of intention and happenstance. They harness chance within the formal context of geometric abstraction using process-based approaches to production.  The work interchanges between premeditated and accidental actions, integrating incidental marks to interrupt the established formula bringing forth questions of perceived intentions and moments of happenstance.

Graziela Guardino

Not so dark as a silent house

Not so dark as a silent house (2019)—a series of ten mixed-media pieces —takes inspiration from two eloquent poems, Evening by Rainer Maria Rilke and I Remember by Rick Holland. The poems express two opposing notions and are in line with the artist explorations of the binary forces that life presents. The work is of a restrictive palette, ambiguously portraying the dichotomies of experience such as absence and presence, darkness and light, and fragility and resilience; aspects that have accompanied human existence. Consequently offers a visual metaphor for how these opposing dualities can simultaneously exist and cause ripples or understanding in our lives.

The materials used—linen, wood, thread and paint—were chosen for their transformative qualities. Through a continuous process of experimentation—building, deconstructing, cutting, painting, pulling threads and sewing—symmetry and asymmetry forms are created and juxtaposed to evoke a sense of space, volume and distance while the textures and layers unveil the degree of psychological responses of such experiences. The titles of each piece, on the other hand, directly reference fragments of the poems to offer a deeper insight into the abstract ideas presented in the work.

Overall, the exhibition is a thoughtful reflection on the artist past experiences and attempts to reconcile opposing ideas by creating a space for viewers to contemplate their own experiences with such dichotomies. The binary forces that play out in our lives, collectively form an endless tapestry of human experience, the meaning of which can only be gained by taking a step back.

Brazilian born Australian artist, Guardino has completed a Master by Research (with Distinction) at RMIT University in Melbourne. She has exhibited throughout Australia, Brazil, Hong Kong and Singapore, and is a finalist for a number of prestigious art awards including The Churchie Emerging Art Prize, Muswellbrook Art Prize and the Ravenswood Australian Women’s Award.

May 4 - May 18, 2019

The 69 Collective

The Rubicon Experiment

An exhibition of artworks made in responce to the Rubicon space and surrounding areas featuring - 

Rain White
Oonagh McGowan
Voula Christopoulos
Nada Jovic 
Paulina Campos
Aneta Bozic
Louis Balis 
Stephen Glover
Liza Pozar 
Felicity Gordon
Sue Bottomley 
Margot Sharman
Kate Carey Peters
Sharon Crabb
Michelle Eattell
Julie Harmsworth
Norma McGowan
Rose O’Shea 
Julian Di Martino
Carol Rowlands
Daniel Strauss
Trish Round 
Erin Round
Carl Reidy 
Sue Pavlovich 
Sarah Summers
Jenny Gibson

April 10 - April 27, 2019

Silvi Kadillari

Say it Like You Mean It

This body of work is concerned with the inability of articulation and comprehension. The works aim to reflect on, and capture feelings of tension and frustration akin to having a word on the tip of your tongue and being unable to deliver it, or understanding something only for it to be fleeting and out of your grasp once again. The work suspends and holds this liminal space; a space before comprehension and articulation is finally (if ever) achieved. 

Matthew Butterworth

Dead Mans Wheel

The conflict that arises when a wall is created continues to inform my art.  The relationship between materials and process is always my starting point. I create a wheel thrown, functional vessel which I then challenge and manipulate.  The end result is a new artwork but one that remains embedded in this original narrative. 

Yi Pei Loh

The Fictional Days

Yi Pei Loh’s art explores the intervention of his imagination into everyday life experiences and surroundings. He depicts imaginary cityscapes and distorted nature, showing the interplay between the real and fictional world. By illustrating the unreal, he believes that fiction can inspire and explore how we experience the everyday lives. Executed with Chinese ink and watercolour on paper, the works reflect different aspects of contemporary life and culture. The works have stories to tell but, at the same time, aim to inspire audience generate their own.

This project is supported by the City of Melbourne Arts Grants Program.

March 20 - April 6, 2019

Benita Dass - Grasse

Thoughts On Abstinence

The landscape provides a setting for abstinence. There are very few people here. I'm alone, and sexually frustrated. I'm in awe of this vast, empty landscape, but also feeling a great sense of resentment towards it. I want to appreciate its beauty and wildness, but instead my mind wanders and is consumed by thoughts of sex. But I'm isolated here. So I walk, make drawings, take photos, and try to think about abstinence, despite my mind being filled with sex. 

Thoughts on abstinenceis a project conceived during a three month stay in the Scottish highlands. Landscape photography of the surroundings is shown alongside drawings of sex-obsessed creatures which are created from scribbles. 

Tyler Payne


At the same time that art’s representations of the female body have undergone revaluation as a result of a critique of the male gaze, a culture of women’s self-representation of their bodies has emerged online via social media sites.

 Today, women’s own publication of their bodies online has become part of everyday life. Certain cultural forms made possible by social media, such as that grouped around ‘#fitspiration’, demand ever greater (self-)scrutiny of women’s bodies. While this cultural form’s practice of peer rewards, along with the rhetoric of ‘choice’, appears to emphasise women’s agency, #fitspiration is arguably a powerful disciplinary tool, functioning in the Foucauldian sense to correct 

Jessye Wdowin - McGregor & Ren Gregorcic

Nature, Post - Nature

Nature, post-nature is a collaborative exhibition by Jessye Wdowin-McGregor and Ren Gregorčič that responds to the phenomenon of ‘post-natural’ landscapes; marginal sites in which a distinct overlap between urban development and rural wilderness occurs, such as at the edges of cities, in the gaps between factories, under freeways and bordering railways.

Running counter to traditional definitions of nature, post-natural landscapes are commonly described as unremarkable, mundane places without legitimate claims to being natural and as such are relegated to the peripheries of vision and attention. Although often overlooked, these landscapes are important ecologies that reflect the ability of the natural world to counterbalance the disruption of environmental systems caused by human activity.

With an emphasis on light and shadow, built and natural forms and the persistence of flora and fauna in ever restless urban spaces, nature, post-natureexplores the commingling of human and non-human narratives that occur in the post-natural landscape. The exhibition is an experiential device created by the artists for observing the phenomenology of the post-natural, where a sense of ecological equilibrium can be understood.

February 27 - March 16, 2019

Natalie Mather

Chroma In the Diskothek

Chroma in the diskothek​ is a solo exhibition of new painting by Natalie Mather. Drawing from Deleuze’s lines as ‘becomings’, that ‘bifurcat[e] and diverg[e] ... [connect and entangle]’, Natalie explores how her painting can create both movement and a sense of immersion. Using Frank Stella’s idea of ‘geometry that [has] a narrative impact’ as a starting point, Mather has made a large-scale, multi-panelled narrative abstraction, with mirrored pictorial elements underscoring the ‘bifurcating and diverging’ of the painted image. ​chroma in the diskothek​, packed into a small thoroughfare space, uses both a saccharine colour palette reminiscent of the 1980s and frenetic pictorial space to agitate, to overwhelm, and to engage the viewer as an interstitial part of the whole.

Kevin Morgan Jones

Good Mirage

'If you get it on a try you never learn it back' -   Clark Coolidge

The show is titled "Good Mirage", and is a series of monochrome abstract paintings, with a 75-ball Bingo template complete with a  winning bingo combination, both printed and painted atop.
Bingo is a game in which players mark off numbers on cards as the numbers are drawn randomly by a caller, the winner being the first person to mark off all their numbers in particular combinations. Some of these combinations form the dotted compositions within these paintings.
  It is a game of chance, and is played mostly by the elderly.

The exclamation 'Bingo!', much like 'Eureka!', is often used to express satisfaction at a sudden positive event or outcome.

I am interested in popular games as analogies for structures that govern meaning and value.
Good luck, '

Kevin Morgan Jones 2019

Lucia Rossi

Gnomon Experiments #2

Extracted from the gentle and constant rotation of the earth around the sun, the Gnomon Experimentsexplore an abstract notion of time by combining the appearance of two and three-dimensional space. The works highlight that the notions of motion, flow and order are relative to the frame-of-reference and the particularities constructed by the singular point-of-view. Like a group of musical notes can create a harmony, the metronomic markings captured in the Gnomon Experimentsare like a collection of singular and related events that create their own particular form.

February 6 - February 23, 2019

Ariana Luca

A Trace of an Action

As a medium, drawing has the capacity to physically capture the actions, movements and gestures of an artist. Each mark on the surface of the paper can act as a record of the artist’s processes and decisions as they unfolded over time. Ariana Luca explores this idea through creating large drawings on the floor of her studio. She uses unfixed drawing materials like pastel or charcoal to physically trace her own movements as she paints and draws abstract compositions. In this process moments of chance and randomness, like smudges and fingerprints, are captured alongside carefully controlled watercolour forms and patterns.

Cristian Alvarez, Emily Yuting Chen, Jessie Dean, Silvi Kadillari, Natasha Manners, Darren Nedza, Katia Silkova

From Becoming To Belonging

From becoming to belonging is an interdisciplinary exhibition of new work by a group of emerging artists responding to an exploration of own cultural identity within personal experiences in Australia as migrants. Born overseas or in Australia within a migrant family, 'the otherness' is felt, so is the constant process of choice to engage or disengage with Australian socio-cultural standards. Cross-cultural narratives bring a sense of belonging into emerging futures as long as they are visible and appreciated. Being present but absent, lost but searching, still but constantly moving, foreign but Australian are some of the complexities explored in this show.

Bridgette McNab and Justin Scivetti

Between Something and Nothing

Existing between something and nothing, this tightly choreographed two person exhibition unpacks the enduring dialogue between painting and cinema that resounds with the language of illusion. Over the course of the ten part series, a blending of borrowed and imagined scenes unfurl, frame by frame with each painting informing the next like stills from a familiar film. Drawing from Jean Baudrillard’s influential ideas about simulacra and simulation supplanting the ‘real’, the pair’s serialized compositions self-reflexively examine fantasy, fiction and artifice. Lingering close-ups, landscapes and nature scenes become visual synecdoche’s that are as much about concealment as they are revelation, forging a beguiling unreality that steps in for today’s ideological abyss.

January 16 - February 2, 2019

Liv Moriarty

The splinter in a wall, the hum in my hand

Utilising a logic that is sensory and compulsively circular, Moriarty elevates found debris into a self-fulfilling functionality.

A hook, a latch, concrete rubble; objects are collected instinctively. Obtained separate and displaced, they hold one-another; their references are both preserved and recontextualised. These materials contain an agency in their relationship to each other and the site, the relationship is both logical and visceral within its logic. A poetic satisfaction through recognition occurs.

Works become charms extending from the architecture, sitting in a charged, humming loop that is encapsulated within each form. Structures support themselves, held in a tense, connected space of being and becoming.

Jessica Wilson, Anne Kucera, Shae Rook, Lou Molesworth, Narinda Cook, Hahna Read

Ghost Without A Home

Underbelly blew up my house. My childhood home was a location for Fat Tony & Co. (2014). It played a meth lab, which mum chose not to take personally.
In early 2018 my childhood home was demolished (for real this time), to celebrate I invited my artist friends to create a loving sendoff. For one evening my parents opened up their home of over 30 years to some old friends and some strangers. We called it a ‘House Party’.

Julia Higgs

A Line To Navigate

This exhibition uses collage and drawing to create works on paper and in space using ink, imagery, wire, cotton and steel. 2D works and installation unite to showcase elements of the body, varying line-work and an ephemeral essence emphasised through handmade works of art. It’s influenced by the collages of Hannah Hoch and sculpture by Sarah Sze, who uses photographs, found objects and wire to create installations that toggle between the second and third dimension.