Melbourne Art Rooms, otherwise known as MARS Gallery was opened in February 2004 by Andy Dinan and has put itself on the map of the Melbourne art scene as one of its most exciting and diverse commercial art spaces. Its survival and thriving to date is testament enough.
Located at 7 James Street, Windsor, it's easy to get to via public transport as well, as it's a short 5-minute walk or so from Windsor train station, located on the Sandringham line. There's plenty street parking and a parking lot located next to the gallery. However, if you're driving and need parking, remember this is Windsor, right next door to Prahran and off the fabulous Chapel street precinct. It's populated by eateries, cafes and entertainment, so keep in mind that it's a popular weekend destination with parking filling up pronto.
You're invited to the exciting opening of three artists on Saturday 8 December 2018 from 3-5pm. The exhibitions will continue during gallery operating hours of Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm or by appointment until 20 December 2018.
Jenny Crompton exhibited at MARS last year for NAIDOC Week and it's exciting to see her art that focuses on themes that explore the natural world, back at this exhibition. Her lifelong passion for our environment and her concerns about growing pressures on it are reflected in her fastidiously executed hanging sculptures that appear both ancient and thoroughly invented.
Bloomtime by Jenny will draw you to marvel at the microspecies in a constructed undersea world. Her repurposed and found natural materials have been used to create various creatures that range from almost accurate representation to pure abstraction. They, however, come from one voice and have a consistent language of pattern and construction throughout their disparate forms. Jenny won the 2016 Lorne Sculpture Biennale and her work is part of the collection of the National Gallery of Victoria.
Camilla Tadich grew up in the hills outside Melbourne. A Melbourne based painter and sculptor who graduated Victorian College of the Arts in 2006, Tadich has held residencies in South Australia, Victoria and in France, and has been awarded numerous art prizes.
Most recently selected as a finalist in the 2016 Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize, she brings us Missing.
The undisturbed darkness of the Australian bush beckons in paradoxical fascination; at once inducing fear and a longing to be enveloped and immersed. A darkness that can reassure yet also cast a disquieting presence.
Tadich's realist paintings of abandoned structures and broken down bush scenes harks back to a time in her childhood when she would embark on adventures with her siblings down the creek, running along misty tracks, building shelters from fallen trees and all the while observing the shadows stretching over the hill into the valley; a cue to return home before it gets dark. A darkness that compels, unfurls, unsettles and quite unique in how it defines the Australian landscape.
Youjia Lu is also a Melbourne based artist currently undertaking her PhD at VCA University of Melbourne. Lu's current research explores how to evoke an immediate experience of an indeterminate Self through digital video art practice. Her ongoing artistic experiments test video's capacity to digitally manipulate time, create illusory superimposed images and induce strobe effect in projection space.
Time Experiment explores the liminal gap between conscious and unconscious states through the video medium perception. Destabilising a conscious perception of video self-portrait, it artistically manifests an (un)conscious perception and gives rise to an immediate experience of the indeterminate Self through the liminality of conscious/unconscious, actuality/virtuality, unity/fragmentation. You'll just have to come along and experience this along with the other two exhibits aforementioned, and have a celebratory end of year drink.