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Linden Centre - Art on a Postcard in St Kilda

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by Belinda R (subscribe)
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Pint size postcard art
Welcome to the Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts where people from all walks of life and varied experiences with art are welcomed with open arms into this relaxed environment.

Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts

The current exhibition is running from the 2nd of February until the 23rd of March and is in its 22nd year and is open for all Australian artists to enter. The free exhibition has only one rule, that the art submitted is no bigger than 30cm x 30cm x 30cm. This effectively means anything goes and as I entered the first room of the gallery I realised that anything did go.

I don't proclaim to know much about art but I do know what I like and what I don't like. As with Art itself, the appreciation of Art is shaded with many hues of grey as to what makes good art and what doesn't.

My ignorance may play some part in what I think is not good art, for instance on a normal piece of small white paper the words, "focus on" have been traced in what appears to be biro. This piece has claimed to be art and is fetching for a pretty little price of $125.

My first thought is, could I do that? Select a relevant word to me and trace it onto a piece of paper and submit it as art? Yes I admit I don't understand how that simplistic piece has an asking price of $125 but what I do appreciate is the artist's right to express themselves and if they find someone that is willing to part with their money for the artist expression then all power to them.

My interpretation of Art

Putting my judgements aside, I took in what can only be described as the varied axis of art in its 30cm x 30cm x 30cm form. The majority of pieces were in a 2 dimensional format with a handful of 3 dimensional pieces.

The standout pieces that caught my attention, whether it be in a negative context or positive context in the world of art according to Belinda are as follows:

An almost life size Buffalo Bill Ice-cream (not made of ice-cream) in 3D
A sketch of a book, with page 1 of Pride and Prejudice
A two column table with "Slime Balls" on one side and "Misery Guts" on the other
A piece of Gold and Silver tin hanging from a rod
A 3D man blowing up an actual condom
• A chalkboard with books on a shelf drawn in colour
• A patch of quilt work
• Luna Park made out of small sticks
• Ironic sketch of a guy wearing a T-Shirt that said "It's only illegal if you get caught" as he is receiving a fine for not having a train ticket
• Multiple Barbie heads on clay bodies

And lots more but you will need to enter the exhibition to experience these.

Make sure you pick up a catalogue from the Information Desk so you can check out the pricing and more of a description of the pieces. For someone that is a novice in the world of art, I give this exhibition 10 out of 10 in terms of interest level, controversy, comfort level and affordability for the most part.

If you're new to art, then check out this diverse look at art on a postcard scale.

Gallery Opening Hours
Tuesday - Friday 1pm to 5pm
Saturday and Sunday 11am to 5pm
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Why? Get your art on no matter what your art experience is
When: Tuesday - Friday 1pm to 5pm, Saturday & Sunday 11am to 5pm
Phone: 03 9534 0099
Where: Linden Centre of Contemporary Arts, St Kilda
Cost: Exhibition is free
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