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Chris H op ewell ’s Illuminate.
Joshua Webb’s S omewhere B etween: Disco Don key
on Fire & Do Donkeys Bleed Blue Blood in Space, 2010.
Our top five picks of the work to see between March and June
1. Joshua Webb Apathy for the Setting Sun On his return from New York,
Joshu a Webb has beco me en thralled with the con stan tly setting su n as it travels
around the globe. The ‘pyrotechnic’ end of day is such a dramatic event it begs
the question whether this nostalgic mo ment, this con stan t state of setting, co u ld
have any significa nce. Apathy for the Setting Sun an swers that questio n . April
10–May 8, Gale rie D usseldor f galeried usseldor f.com.a u .
2. Susan Flavell + Andrew Nicholls The search fo r iden tity – that elusive
question of who are we and how did we become like this – has entangled artists
fo r cen turies in a delirio us whirlpool of ideas and images. A ndrew Nicholls’
complex amalga mation s of imagery drawn with meticulou s care in ink on paper
o r directly on the wall, a nd S ue Flavell ’s won dro us scu lptu ral hybrids of human s
a nd an imals are v ital an d energised co n tempo ra ry exploration s of this en during
question. May 6–June 4, Turner Galleries turnergalleries.com.au .
3. Olga Cironis Fajr While u ndertaking a six-mon th residenc y at the Frema ntle
Arts Cen tre, Olga Ciron is wo rked alo n gside members of Per th’s Afghan
commu nity to create a respo n se to a pair of rarely exhibited 19th-centu ry Afghan
prayer rugs, donated to the City of Fremantle Art Collection in 1990. The Fajr
prayer is the first of the fi ve daily prayers recited by Muslims, so she co mbin es
installatio n an d video to captu re the significan ce of these rugs as pa rt of that
intimate ritual of prayer. March 26-May 15, Frema ntle Arts Centre fa c.org.au .
4. Chris Hopewell Photography an d draw ing con ju re u p the wo rld in entirely
different ways, a nd when co mbined they create a n even mo re complex space.
Prompted by graffiti-covered billboa rds an d su rfaces scann ed while waiting for
the train i n New Yo rk subways, Chris Hopewell describes his jux taposition s of
imager y and drawing as ‘u rba n cubism’ – a layered record of thoughts, memories
a nd dreams. May 6–May 29, Per th Galle ries per thgalle rie s.com.a u.
5. Your Collection 1920 -1960 Growing up with a public a rt collection, you
inevitably develop en during friendships. A trip to you r local gallery is then
doubly sweet when yo ur special frien ds are o n show. Of cou rse, that happens
less and less often as the collection expa nds, so the current show at the
Art Galler y of Western Au stralia is a lo calised treat because of its fo cus on
par ticular decades – curren tly the twen ties to the sixties. March, Art Galle r y
of Western A ustra lia a rtgalle r y.wa .gov.au .
Femme a l’oiseau (Woman with a Bird) by Henri Laurens, late 1920s,
courtesy State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia.
Fajr by Olga Cironis.
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