Upcoming Exhibitions //
Exhibitions Run August 3 - 17
POP-UP KITTEN CAFE
Back by paw-pular demand – Sydney Cat Café and Maggie’s Rescue bring the cutest pop up ever to the CBD! Ahead of the much-awaited purr-manent opening of Sydney Cat Café later this year, cat-lovers are invited to book a cuddle session to sip a coffee and relax in our cosy pop up kitty café setting and enjoy the company of adorable (and adoptable) rescue kittens from Maggie’s Rescue.
The cat café concept originated in Taiwan in the late 90’s, was popularised in Japan and is spreading the globe – now it’s Sydney’s turn! Cat cafés offer a place for patrons to enjoy quality time with the pride of cats that live in the café. Whereas the purpose of cat cafés has traditionally been to benefit cat-loving city-dwellers who are unable to own pets, Sydney Cat Café has aligned with Maggie’s Rescue, a non-profit animal welfare organisation, to promote “Adopt Don’t Shop”, by creating a beautiful space not only to benefit human guests, but to connect deserving rescue cats with loving fur-ever homes.
LIFTING THE VEIL
This body of work explores the tradition of visionary art, which has its origins dating back to the earliest records - mark making by humans in prehistoric cave paintings. My work draws inspiration from mythology surrounding shamanism, entheogens and mystical experiences involving nature, the divine and contact with divinity.
Dependent on the time in history and location it occurs, the visionary mystical experience can either be persecuted and feared or revered and celebrated. It does provide humans with direct contact and personal experience with divinity outside of the framework of organised religion and the ideology attached to them.
No things to hang 1
Curated by Luisa Tresca
“If the artist carries through his idea and makes it into visible form, then all the steps in the process are of importance. The idea itself, even if not made visual, is as much a work of art as any finished product. All intervening steps –scribbles, sketches, drawings, failed works, models, studies, thoughts, conversations– are of interest.”
(Sol LeWitt, “Paragraphs on Conceptual Art”, 1968)
The No things to hang exhibition series is a self-referential project, reflecting on the nature of art making and its mechanisms, limits and potentials.
Through an accumulation of different contributions from artists and art practitioners, it aims at becoming a cumulative, archival and ideally limitless exhibition that triggers questions about art-making, art-production, art-exhibition, art-circulation, art-collection and archivization.
The project is unfinished, transportable and in movement, and it acknowledges many critical instances of precedent transportable, generative exhibitions, from Marcel Duchamp and Rrose Sélavy’s La Boite-en-Valise, to Yoko Ono’s 1962 exhibition at the Sogetsu Art Center in Tokyo or Obrist’s pivotal ongoing exhibition DO IT.
Featuring: Consuelo Cavaniglia, Rumiko Hagiwara, Sigrid Holmwood, Carl-Oskar Linné, Marius Moldvaer, Vuth Lyno & Sa Sa Art Projects, Morgan Wong
Step into my oriface
Step Into My Orifice is an ongoing series merging found objects with banal figures. The series was an attempt at creating uncanny sculptural forms by casting my mouth including its internal properties. I use the versatility of clay and glazes to give the objects a role as if they were animated beings.
In spite of the disturbing and repulsive forms, I hope the audience will imagine what it may be like to physically touch the lips with theirs: Between the artist and the audience, the creator and the consumer. I invite you to step into my orifice.
Merena Nguyen is currently completing Honours in sculpture at the University of Sydney, Sydney College of the Arts.
Specialising in ceramics, Merena takes inspiration from feminist surrealists. While paying close attention to detail, her focus is also on the objects’ immediate relationship to the body. Her practice ranges from sculpting to special effects and make up which play essential roles in investigating what viewers may claim as the banal, question what may draw them in or perhaps repel them.