Cassandra French, Pop-Up Publicity
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March/April 2017 Pop-Up Arts News... autumn
Summer flew by and with so much going on I didn't get a chance to write. So here are a few things to put in your autumn arts calendar for March and April. If there is a theme in all of this I would see the connection is 'people' - how we see others, how we ourselves are perceived (or think we are) by others, how our history forms us and how artists tell stories to connect us. A couple of recent events I want to mention - both a few weeks back now but if you missed you can explore through the links - are the annual Africultures Festival in Sydney (SBS World News report 11/03/17) and Memory Palace, an exhibition on in Melbourne. And keep your eye on Coo-ee Art Gallery, with setting up a permanent gallery back on Oxford Street as well as their permanent home in Bondi. So lots of good reasons to get out of the house and a few movie ideas to keep you in! I love March and the change of a season. It's also my birthday month and to add to the joy, my niece had her first baby - a little girl named Olivia...
See you next time I get to writing.  Cassie
John Firth-Smith. Old Ways, 2016. Triptych. Oil on linen & canvas. 152x244cm.  
Rural Rust.  John Firth-Smith

Until Saturday 25 March

The paintings in this exhibition are about JFS's continuing love of the central west of New South Wales, Hill End and the surrounds. He now lives in Hill End - just over the mountains - and says he loves it there, but often misses the ocean also. An avid collector - pond yachts, vintage cars, antique banjos and their cases, old brooms, sewing machines, rusted tools and other found archaeological material from around the town - they almost nearly all feature in this lovely, layered, textured and curious exhibition from a master painter. Listen to his chatty interview with Maisy Stapleton from Eastside Radio (link below) for some insight into this wonderful influential character of the Australian art world.
LINKS  Mindfood Magazine Feb 2017  l  South Sydney Herald March 2017  l  Interview with JFS on Eastside Radio for Arts Thursday  l (short bio/pics by Lewis Morley & Greg Weight)
GALLERY  King Street Gallery on William, 177 William Street, Darlinghurst  
MIND THE GAP.  Kristian Laemmle-Ruff
21 March - 01 April

A thoughtful and thought provoking exhibition of photography, sculpture, installation and sound. Featuring the most recent and detailed photograph taken of Pine Gap in the Northern Territory - Australia's secret spy base. Watch the ABC News story to fill you in on the background and importance of this image. The thread of this exhibition links culture and displacement. Did you know the uranium fueling the Fukushima nuclear reactors that cracked during the 2011 tsunami was mined in Australia?  For more background on the photographer and this exhibition, tune into the ABC Radio Overnights interview - link just below. 
LINKS  ABC TV News (2016)  l  Beat Magazine Melbourne  l  Preston Leader (Melbourne)  l  Photojournalism Now
RECENT INTERVIEW with Kristian on ABC Radio Overnights Program - a 36 minute discussion about outback Australia, photography and life.

GALLERY  Fortyfivedownstairs, 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne CBD

The Russian Nude.  Arkadiy Kozlovskiy.  
A salon show from the archive.
28 March - 16 April.  OPENING Thurs 30 March 6-8pm. Please RSVP

Selected from the vast archive of Arkadiy Kozlovskiy (1964-2014), this is the first time (both locally and internationally) the work has been shown in a single solo exhibition. A collection of black & white and colour photographs - this is a sensual, erotic and observant celebration of the beauty and athleticism of the Russian female nude. There is a vintage retro sensibility at play here in many of these images: referencing works by German-Australian photographer Helmut Newton and French photographer Jeanloup Sieff.
This exhibition came about when the photographer's two children, both whom live in Australia, inherited their father's extensive archive. Arkadiy requested two things of his children: that they preserve and exhibit his work - the work he was most proud of - and they find a way to support and promote research in preventing and fighting cancer. And now they are honouring their father by doing both.  A percentage from sales will be donated to The Unicorn Foundation.

GALLERY Black Eye Gallery, 138 Darlinghurst Road, Darlinghurst

(next door to the best DVD store in Sydney, FilmClub, two doors from a fave vinyl, cd & art book store, Radio Free Alice, around the corner from the best gelato in town, Messina and up/down the road from two of the best local pubs in the hood (my hood!) - Darlo Bar and Green Park Hotel)
Deborah Marks. State of Grace, 2016. Oil on canvas
LIMINALITY. Deborah Marks.
29 March - 22 April.  OPENING Thursday 30 March 6-8pm
Paintings and new works by Australian painter, Deborah Marks. Vulnerable figures occupy fragile places in improbable and physically awkward spaces. The subjects impeded by false ends and seemingly trapped. There is a lot more meaning beneath the surface here - a tug between the past and future. Oils on canvas.
GALLERY  Stanley Street Gallery, 1/52-54, Stanley Street, Darlinghurst

The Street Photography of Jon Lewis
Until 04 June

The State Library of New South Wales is displaying 20 photographs from the Jon Lewis collection ‘Sydney Town Street Portraits’. Lewis highlights our culturally diverse city through images of its people. Over the past two years he has walked the streets of inner Sydney every day, creating portraits in homage to the street photographs of the 1930s to 50s.  (Text from State Library site).
State Library NSW, Macquarie Street, Sydney

UNDER THE SUN. 15 Australian artists reimagine Max Dupain's iconic 1937 photograph, Sunbaker
Until 17 April

The Sunbaker photograph is one we instantly recognise - firmly entering Australia’s consciousness in the mid-1970s (eventhough the photograph was taken by Max Dupain in 1937) and rapidly becoming a symbol of our country’s identity and way of life.
The State Library is always a treasure trove of things to see - for FREE!  No exception here. And I love the Library shop downstairs and enjoy reading the paper in the cafe for a bit downstairs too. The Mitchell Library Reading Room is always on my secret Sydney tour I take visitors on when in town.

Presented by the Australian Centre for Photography in partnership with the State Library of NSW
State Library NSW, Macquarie Street, Sydney

PUBLIC TALK Saturday 08 April 
Visualising a Nation: the power of an image
BOOKINGS REQUIRED $20/15.  2.30-3.30pm
Before they Part ll.  Photographs by Jimmy Nelson
Until 08 April

I have followed the work of this extraordinary photographer for some years now and I consider it as important and significant as the work of Sebastiao Salgado. Powerful, potent and incredible portraits. Documenting the lives and traditions of the worlds vanishing tribes for the past 6 years, Nelson has travelled to 20 countries and photographed 35 indigenous tribes. I would so love to see an exhibition of this work in Australia - but if anyone is in London right now, you must, MUST go...and please tell me about it.
GALLERY  Atlas Gallery, 49 Dorset Street, London
Walking in Wiesbaden.  
Public installation work by Ella Dreyfus
Until 14 May

Australian photographer and artist, Ella Dreyfus, travelled back to Wiesbaden in Germany this year to spend time researching her family history and work on this project. Ella has said that in "60 days living in Wiesbaden (I) walked 250 kilometres, took 20,000 photographs, created 33 art installations and met many wonderful people...the Bellevue-Saal Kunsthaus residency gave me the opportunity to fulfil a life-long dream".
And here is her amazing project realised in a town she has a strong history with and connection too - some of it painful and tough. I have followed Ella's journey through her Facebook blog and have been intrigued and at times quite moved, by her story. Ella is a Lecturer in Photography and Director of the Public Event Program at National Art School, Darlinghurst, Sydney


Loving. Based on a true story.
I thought this was beautifully paced, directed and filmed. Each scene perfectly framed and mostly underlit in a way to centre your focus.The story told with sensitivity and perhaps some restraint - but a true story about a marriage that changed history. I loved 'Loving' and wonder why Ruth Negga did not get an Award for her terrific perfomance? I think she should have got Best Actress no matter how much I like Emma Stone. And Joel does a pretty good job too.
Embrace. A documentary by Taryn Brumfitt
A must watch for everyone - sit down with your daughters, watch it with your sisters, watch it with your girlfriends. Just watch it. Men should watch it too, especially if you have girlfriends, wives, daughters, mothers. I think this should be shown in schools. So without being preachy I thought this was one fine piece of documentary filmmaking - brave, powerful, honest, truthful and  affirming.  And with a Russian nude exhibition celebrating 'perfect' womens bodies, I loved this for celebrating every womans body as perfectly beautiful. Thank you Taryn Brumfitt.
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