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View to Joy

Phiri learned to sculpt and mix different coloured clays by decorating the wall plastering of the huts where she lived and grew up. Phiri channels and repurposes these skills in her artwork today, choosing to work instead on canvas and with acrylic mediums. Her artwork focuses on life through positivity. Through her work she seeks to engage the viewer with stimulating colours and a whimsical joy that draws from the beauty of everyday life.
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Sombras

Sombras means shadows or spectres in Spanish.  Sal encountered it as a title translation of the 1970’s song Feelings by Morris Albert. These etchings, drawings and photographic works are also attempts at translation. They express a bleak and magical landscape she once inhabited, with all its fragility and potency. 
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Bird Call

The works in Bird Call reflect humanity’s social conscience regarding the natural environment, and the impact we collectively impose on the ecosystem and the self through ignorance and greed.
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Crucible

Crucible is a fortyfivedownstairs group exhibition responding to the triumphs and tribulations that the artistic community faced during the 2020-21 pandemic. Bringing together ten artists, the exhibition explores the spectrum of effects that the pandemic had on artistic practices.
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Zac Fay, Limbo, 2016

Limbo

Limbo is an exhibition of three emerging artists who look to illustration and typography as a fine art form.
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Be Bop Pop

Be Bop Pop is an exhibition of new paintings following pop artist Jeff Raglus’ balancing act of both music and art.
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Découpages d’hommes by Eureka.

Découpages d’hommes

Selected from images taken in Europe and Australia, Melbourne-based queer artist Eureka (Michael James O’Hanlon) juxtaposes the male figure on found architectural backgrounds.
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Dispelling All Myths on Time Out

See article in its original context here. Tattoos - you're either for or against them, love them or hate them, right? Well, Dispelling All Myths is an exhibition worth checking out either way. You won't find misspelled Hindu quotes or…

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Openings: Philip Faulks and Alana Kennedy

Last night we held the exhibition openings for our two current exhibitions:  Stink by Philip Faulks and Orpheus Diningroom Project MMX by Alana Kennedy. Image: Opening of Orpheus Diningroom Project MMX by Alana Kennedy. Image: Opening of Orpheus Diningroom Project…

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Review: The Orpheus Diningroom on Not-Quite-Critics

This review of Alana Kennedy’s exhibition Orpheus Diningroom Project MMX was written by Georgina Lee for her blog Not-Quite-Critics.  See it in its original context here.

Who: Alana Kennedy
What: Orpheus Diningroom Project MMX
Where: fortyfivedownstairs, 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne 3000
When: Until 25 September 2010

When my friend Sarah alerted me to this exhibition opening, I just knew I had to go! Normally I wouldn’t be able to do anything on Tuesday nights as we have class at the VCA, but fortyfivedownstairs is literally a 1 minute walk from my office (not even) and it was perfectly convenient to pop into before class.

When I entered the gallery I was greeted by free flowing wine and gorgeous macarons wrapped up in mini cones using pages from the book, The Mystical Hymns of Orpheus. I gobbled mine up pretty quickly! They were absolutely delicious and were made by none other than the master chocolatier from Shocolate, which is my favourite chocolate cafe in Melbourne (conveniently located right near my house!).

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X-Field exhibition opening

Photos of the opening night of X-Field are below.

X-Field are a collaborative group who work across the disciplines of art, architecture, landscape architecture and urbanism.  The exhibition features work by Charles Anderson, Richard Black, Mel Dodd, Sand Helsel, Andrea Mina and SueAnne Ware.

X-Field runs in the fortyfivedownstairs galleries until the 28th of  August 2010.

Opening of the X-Field exhibition in the fortyfivedownstairs galleries

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Independent and “Unrepresented”

From the Walk to Art blog.  Read this post in it’s original context here.

Unrepresented, in Melbourne

I feel very fortunate to be given the opportunity to curate a show at fortyfivedownstairs, in Melbourne. “Unrepresented”, with artworks by Nicholas Jones, Christopher Koller, Ted McKinlay, Chloe Vallance and Ben Walsh, opens on Tuesday 3 August 2010 (5pm to 7pm).

Mary Lou Jelbart, artistic director of fortyfivedownstairs, describes the show: “‘Unrepresented’ responds to the vagaries and minefields of the art world that contemporary artists encounter. Curator Bernadette Alibrando, who delves beneath the surface of Melbourne’s commercial gallery scene and spreads her network far and wide, has selected five artists who have chosen to remain independent. While most artists see representation by a gallery as the best possible situation, others deliberately remain outside the accepted system.”

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Review: Drawn to drawing in Open Water

Review of Open Water by Rebecca Jones, written by Bernadette Alibrando and published on the Walk to Art blog: I’ve decided that I am drawn to drawing and, of late, have been viewing drawing exhibitions and hanging out in drawing…

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Nora Wompi's opening

Sir Andrew Grimwade opens the exhibition. Gerard Vaughan, director of the NGV; Nora Wompi, artist; Sir Andrew Grimwade, Chairman, The Felton Bequest. Nora Wompi and Suzanne O'Connell Nora Wompi's exhibition in the fortyfivedownstairs gallery. Furniture by Schiavello.

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Paper, Scissors, Paint by Mary Edquist

We had a lovely exhibition opening for Mary Edquist's solo exhibition Paper, Scissors, Paint last night. Melbourne based artist Mary Edquist resumed her painting career in 2004 after a long delay. She has worked consistently since that time to establish…

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Arts Hub Review: Nature as History

"Nature as History is a series of new photographs by Imogen Barraga Hall. Her 7th solo show, Imogen has been taking photographs since 2005 after her house tragically burnt down in rural NSW. But proving that something good can come…

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Midsumma opens at fortyfivedownstairs

We hosted a vibrant and busy opening for the three Midsumma exhibitions in the galleries last night. In the small gallery we have a solo exhibition, Photo Prodigious, by Anthony L’Huillier.  The large gallery combines paintings of female film stars…

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Gunns 20 – 5 years on

Starting on the 2nd of February 2010 we have an exhibition of photographs highlighting the extraordinary beauty and value of the Tasmania environment. This exhibition is being held by Gunns20 in order to raise both funds for and awareness of…

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