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11 May, 2021 - 22 May, 2021

11 – 22 May 2021

Tuesday – Friday 11am to 5pm,
Saturday 11am to 3pm
admission: Free

…a bridge between the land of illusion and our built environment, of the familiar and not so familiar places.

Limesh |L|, 2021, encaustic on cardboard, rope and paper on wood panel, 125 x 110 cm

Ochre |M|, 2021, encaustic on cardboard, rope and paper on wood panel, 72 x 62 cm

Larimar |L|, 2021, encaustic on cardboard, rope and paper on wood panel, 123 x 136 cm

ArancioB |S|, 2020, encaustic on cardboard and rope on wood panel, 38 x 30 cm

Grafitico, 2020, encaustic on cardboard and rope on wood panel, 63 x 48 cm

BBlu |M|, 2021, encaustic on cardboard, rope and paper on wood panel, 72 x 62 cm

cCORDA represents a journey through the meditative motion of cutting and consequently assembling cardboard, added with corporeal presence of jute and hexcel paper within a confined, framed space. The essence of the composition is fully revealed when finally embalmed with chosen encaustic colour. Only now, away from chromatic discrepancies and distracting printed logos of packaging materials, the composition becomes solidified. Its true self unveiled.

Both two and three dimensional textures serve as a bridge between the land of illusion and our built environment, of the familiar and not so familiar places.

The study into cardboard and packaging material anatomy – texture, pattern, shape and proportion are integral part of our assemblage.

cCORDA’s enigmatic journey through composition, texture and colour invites participation.

Jennifer Jabu born in 1973 in Sibu, Sarawak on the remote island of Borneo. Moving abroad in 1988 to Melbourne, attended high school and completed tertiary education. She graduated in B. Architecture (Hons) , M. International Urban and Environmental Management and a doctoral candidate in planning at RMIT University, Melbourne. In her training, she has always regarded painting, sculpture and architecture as complimentary disciplines that influence and interact with each other. She has travelled through Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, United States and the Middle East. Her frequent trips to Borneo are spent with family and visiting her ancestral village homes and village communities. She resides in Melbourne, Victoria.

Michelangelo Russo born 1962, Campobasso, Italy. Michelangelo started painting at the age of 12, he had his first solo exhibition in 1977. After studying architecture and graphic design in Pescara and Rome he relocated to Berlin in early 1990 where he lived for 4 years before moving to Melbourne Australia in 1994. During his career Michelangelo had several solo and group shows in Italy, Germany, Cuba and Australia. Michelangelo has had a lifelong interest not only in painting but also music.  Since 1979 he has played in several bands in Italy, Germany and Australia. He has toured Europe playing concerts and experimental music festivals, and has appeared on several seminal recordings. Since 1994 he collaborated widely with musician/songwriter/producer Hugo Race, and composers/musicians Wendy Morrison and Andrew Ogburn amongst others, appearing in many projects, recordings and performances.

The collaboration between Michelangelo Russo and Jennifer Jabu started in early 2019 during the preparation of Cartoni: containers contained exhibition at fortyfivedownstairs, Melbourne, August 2019.

Curriculum Vitae


Jennifer Jabu and Michelangelo Russo

2020               – Inaugural Group Show One Star Gallery, Melbourne;

2019               Image_Object MONAFOMA 2020 at Poimena Gallery, Launceston.


Michelangelo Russo

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2019               CARTONI containers contained in collaboration with Jennifer Jabu at fortyfivedownstairs, Melbourne;

2016               Bestie e D’Intorni at Bird’s Gallery, Melbourne;

2010               Silence at Anita Traverso Gallery, Melbourne;

2007               Petals and Thorns at Anita Traverso Gallery, Melbourne;

2005               – Wax at Silvershot presented by Artefact, Melbourne;                       

2002               Iso at Goya Galleries, Melbourne;

2001               Michelangelo Russo at Goya Galleries, Melbourne;

                       Reticoli at Art House Gallery, Sydney;

2000               – Gold at Goya Galleries, Melbourne;

1997               – For the Love of Orange at A.R.T. Gallery Eden, Melbourne;

Souvenirs Grids and Scars at Art House Gallery, Sydney;

1996               – Paintings by Michelangelo Russo at Foy & Gibson Gallery, Melbourne;

1993               – Malerei Fotografiche Emulsion und Acryl auf Linewand at Pillango Gallery, Berlin, Germany;

1991               – Askartaz at Babylonia, Berlin, Germany;

1988               – Africa Musica e Legna da Ardere at Grigio Notte, Roma, Italy;

1977               – Michelangelo Russo at Galleria il Punto, Campobasso, Italy;

Selected Group Exhibitions

2018               Diaspora Co.As.It., Melbourne;

2017               Chromatopia at Tacit Gallery, Melbourne;

Ritratti Thirty One Italian Artists from Victoria at Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Mebourne;

2016               – Moth to the flame Salon Hang, Melbourne;

2009               Cut + Collate = Construct at Anita Traverso Gallery, Melbourne;

2007               – The Only Constant at Anita Traverso Gallery, Melbourne

2004               Arte di Ritorno at Sala dei Chierici, Biblioteca Berio, Genova, Italy;

2003               – Seta: Traditions and Visions at Exhibition Building, Melbourne;

2002               Art Fair at Exhibition Building, Melbourne;

2001               –Smoulder at Art House Gallery,Sydney:

2000               –Quattro at Chiara Goya Gallery, Melbourne;

1999               –11th Incontro Annuale at Spazio Viola, Pavia Italy;

1998               –Christmas Show at Art House Gallery, Sydney;

1997               –Boys in Town at Art House Gallery, Sydney;

10th Incontro Annuale at Spazio Viola, Pavia, Italy;

1996               –Christmas Show at Art House Gallery, Sydney;

Inaugurazione Spazio Viola at Spazio Viola, Ciego de Avila, Cuba;

1995               –Red Ribbon at Palazzo Tursi, Genova, Italy;

Darbo Gelsomino Negri Russo at George Paton Gallery, Melbourne;

Songlines from Distant Lands at Cathedral Room ANZ Gothic Bank, Melbourne;

1989              –5 Artisti da Pescara at Galleria Cesare Manzo, Pescara, Italy;

Animals at Universita’ Occupata, Pescara, Italy.


11 May, 2021
22 May, 2021
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