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11th Birthday Show supporting Asylum Seeker Resource Centre
This year, Off the Kerb Gallery is celebrating eleven fabulous years in the arts in Victoria and to celebrate this exciting milestone, they are hosting a large-scale charitable group exhibition, titled "Sphere".
The group exhibition brings together over fifty of Melbourne's leading contemporary artists and street artists in a visual exploration of the concept of the human condition. In this show, the artists will explore concepts such as birth, growth, emotion, aspiration, conflict and mortality. This show also asks the artists to explore philosophical questions of a more existential nature, such as "What is the meaning of life?" and "Why are we here?", challenging the artists to present their answers symbolically, metaphorically or literally.
The exhibition will feature a wide variety of works, from artists using various styles and techniques including illustration, street art, graphic design and photography to name just a few.
While this group show is a fantastic way to discover new artists and enjoy amazing artworks, it Is also an excellent opportunity to support an important cause, as Off the Kerb is generously donating 10% of proceeds from the sale of art to the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre.
The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) is an independent not-for-profit organisation, whose programs support and empower people seeking asylum. As a movement, the ASRC mobilises and unites communities to create lasting social and policy change for asylum seekers in Australia. They are owned and run by a community of volunteers and supporters.
The services of the ASRC are many and varied - from food and material aid, to healthcare services, education and training, legal aid and much more. For more information about the worthwhile programs of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre click here.
Jennifer Allnutt is a young artist based in Melbourne who is taking part in the exhibition. She graduated from the University of South Australia with a Bachelor of Visual Arts (First Class Honours) in 2011. Since then she has exhibited around Adelaide and Melbourne including the SASA Gallery, Carclew, Espionage Gallery, Incube8r, Off the Kerb, Peanut Gallery, The Stockroom and Fontanelle Gallery. In 2015 she completed a Masters of Teaching and in July 2016 she had her first solo exhibition at Off the Kerb Gallery titled 'Black Moon'.
Jennifer describes her art as figurative realism and predominantly uses oils on canvas. Her work for the Sphere Exhibition is titled "Remembrance". This work uses oils on canvas and depicts a woman looking over her shoulder and a moonlit landscape juxtaposed over her body. The work suggests an ambiguous narrative of longing, loss and melancholy.
Feel the emotion in Remembrance by Jennifer Allnut
Alexia Brehas is a visual artist with a background in design. Alexia was born in South Africa, is of Greek descent, and is currently living in Melbourne. She says her experience as an immigrant has cultivated her sense of fascination with people and finds that she is drawn to bizarre communities and offbeat subcultures around the world. In her art Alexia always works in black and white, using fineliner pens on paper. Recently she has expanded her practice to include engraving on metal. Her most recent works on paper exclusively use dot-work stippling techniques in order to create tone, a technique that is time-consuming, laborious and technically difficult yet produces incredible results.
Alexia recently spent three months at an artists residency in a rural fishing town in the far north of Iceland. During that time she happened to meet a tall, bearded and tattooed man who reminded her of a real-life Viking. This man was Markús, an Icelandic surfing baker, who is the subject of the work in this exhibition. Alexia describes him as the most interesting person she has ever met and knew instantly that she had to draw him. The striking portrait is made even more remarkable when you learn it is composed of thousands of dots.
A remarkable portrait by Alexia Brehas titled Markús
Isolde is a self-taught street artist who specialises in portraiture. She loves the creative freedom and sense of community that is found in street art. The artist describes her work as narrative portraiture where every face has a story to tell. She works with mixed media, usually acrylic and Indian ink on paper, using charcoal for the fine details and lines.
Her work for this exhibition is titled "Illusion" and is loosely based on the Descartes quote "I think, therefore I am". In this work, the artist challenged herself to create a psychological aspect to the portrait by depicting someone who is lost deep in thought.
The Sphere Exhibition will commence at Off the Kerb Gallery on 5th April and will run until 19th April 2018.
Opening night is on Friday 6th April from 6pm - 9pm.
Don't forget 10% of proceeds from the sale of art from this exhibition will be donated to the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre.
Off the Kerb Gallery is located at 66B Johnston Street Collingwood. The Gallery is open on Thursdays and Fridays from 12.30pm - 6pm and on Saturdays and Sundays from 12 noon - 5pm.
If you can't make it to Melbourne for the exhibition but would still like to help, you can show your support for the important work of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre by making a donation. To make a donation to the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre please click here.