Artspace, Nadia Hernandez, 2020

Best Exhibitions to See in Sydney This Month

Feeling like you haven’t quite seen enough art in person this year?

Now’s your opportunity to go out and see some. With November almost over, the change of season is bringing with it a whole bunch of new exhibitions, so make the most of (mostly) air-conditioned galleries and check out these five exhibitions that are either on show or coming right up.

Ana Paloma Butron, the pink door, 2020

Group Show, Apple On A Stick, Pink Place

Art students have always been the ones to watch, but the batch brewing in Sydney right now is especially potent. Despite facing studio closures for a number of months, students have persisted by making art and showing it at pop-up exhibitions on their own terms. One of the latest projects to emerge is a new artist-run initiative and gallery space, Pink Place Collective. Run by four young artists, the collective will be bringing new group show Apple On A Stick to their rose-coloured digs in Glebe. With works by nine different second-year students currently studying at the National Art School, the exhibition will highlight an eclectic selection of photography, printmaking and painting.

Apple on a Stick opens Tuesday 24th of November at 6 pm and continues to Sunday 29th November.

Jason Phu, what we used to be, where we used to go, Chalk Horse

Jason Phu’s latest exhibition what we used to be, where we used to go is opening this week at Chalk Horse. Bringing together a new series of twelve photographic works made in collaboration with fashion photographer Sly Morikawa, Phu extends on his research into Chinese history, culture and mythology. Drawing on references of traditional ink paintings and calligraphy, personal narratives and historical events, the artist pulls apart the past to imagine his own contemporary folklore. Using handmade costumes, unexpected environments and irreverent captions, Phu interprets everyday feelings through an amusing nonsensical narrative, creating poetic storylines about the things we otherwise struggle to articulate.

what we used to be, where we used to go opens Thursday, 26th of November and continues through to Monday 14th of December.

Bryce Anderson, Bloom Three, 2020

Bryce Anderson, To My Flowers, China Heights Gallery

For Bryce Anderson, there’s a lot more to flowers than just their pretty faces. In a continuation of his interest in vibrant blooms and the still-life motif, the artist brings his latest body of work To My Flowers to China Heights. Contemplating the timeless subject of the flower, Anderson pushes the boundaries between abstraction and figuration closer together through his practice that merges print, collage and painting. An ode to the joy and sentimentality flowers evoke, they’re depicted hovering somewhere between soil and vase; posed as symbols for us to contemplate.

To My Flowers opens Friday, 27th of November from 3-7 pm and continues through to Saturday 12th December.

Alex Seton, The Ghost Of Wombeyan, 2020

Alex Seton, ‘The Ghost of Wombeyan (a History of Forgetting)’ 2020, Sullivan + Strumpf

Alex Seton is a master of carving marble and his new exhibition opening at Sullivan + Strumpf is a testament to the fact. Ruminating on his childhood memory of a special place near Wombeyan Caves, Seton remembers the quarry near his family home that introduced him to the material he still works with today. Carving depictions of everyday objects that verge on the surreal—a knitted rabbit toy, a ladder with human feet, a body shrouded in cloth—the artist immortalises fragments of his past in impossible detail, reflecting on the nature of time and memory. How does one achieve a perfect marble replica of a children’s toy and yet make it seem as soft and plush as the real thing? I’m not sure. What I am sure of, though, is that this exhibition is one not to be missed.

The Ghost of Wombeyan (a History of Forgetting) opens Thursday, 26th of November and continues through to Wednesday 23rd of December.


2020 NSW Visual Arts Emerging Fellowship, Artspace

For twenty-four years, Artspace has been bringing together the best emerging contemporary artists in Australia for the NSW Visual Arts Emerging Fellowship. This year is no exception, with the finalists including Akil Ahamat, Tarik Ahlip, Tiyan Baker, Kate Brown, Dennis Golding, Julia Gutman, Nadia Hernández and Kirtika Kain. Each work explores themes of accumulation, repetition, memory and the body to arrive at shared stories of identity and lived experience.

The 2020 NSW Visual Arts Emerging Fellowship is showing now until Sunday, 13th of December.

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