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As the World Turns: New Art from London Exhibition

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Sydney's Anna Schwartz Gallery has brought the work of eight emerging London artists to the backstreets of Darlington, and it's well worth checking out.

The gallery is tucked away behind the famed Eveleigh Markets, which reliably fills with stalls and shoppers every Saturday morning. Although they're British, don't expect any Damien Hirst or Tracey Emin to be on show; instead this is more about young artists taking their first steps on the world stage. And the results are impressive.

The Anna Schwartz is a large white cube housed in the 19th century CarriageWorks building, where they used to build and maintain Sydney's rail carriages (hence the name), and the gallery gives a nice modern contrast to its heritage-listed home.

Image appears courtesy of the Anna Schwartz Gallery website
Charles Avery's "Untitled (Significante)"

The standard at the exhibition, titled As The World Turns: New Art From London, is very good. Some highlights include Charles Avery's Untitled (Significante), a bronze bust of a woman with a bright blue pyramid sitting atop her head like a hat. Odd? Yes. Amusing? Definitely.

Avery's series of pencil and ink drawings Untitled (Study no.1-5) show his versatility and his fondness for the everyday meets the surreal (a man on a bike with a urinal for a saddle, for instance).

Image appears courtesy of the Anna Schwartz Gallery website
Heather & Ivan Morison's "The Opposite of All Those Things"

Then there's Heather and Ivan Morison's The Opposite of All Those Things, which, suspended form the roof by wires, hovers over the exhibition like a big, black satellite. Made from fabric and carbon fibre, it looks like a sort of space-age kite; a cluster of geometric shapes bundled together.

The show's accompanying text, written by curator Nina Miall, tells us the artists have drawn on influences "from astrophysics to game theory, international politics to counter-cultures, and pop music to ancient mythology and folklore." Might have to take her word for it, but it looks good and that's really what counts.

It's not a huge exhibition, but that's no bad thing. Go on a Saturday and while you're at the markets, drop in for a quick dose of culture with your coffee. Oh, and it's free. Perfect if you've blown all your cash on tasty treats.
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Why? Check out what's happening in the London art scene.
When: Now
Where: Anna Schwartz Gallery
Cost: Free
Looks fab, I can't wait to check it out :)
By Anonymous
Tuesday, 19th of July @ 07:05 am
Yes, as great as Sydney's artists are, it's always good to see what creative types are up to around the other side of the world :)
By Jake - senior reviewer
Tuesday, 19th of July @ 10:25 am
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