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To Have and to Hold Exhibition @ Beam Contemporary

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The Beam Contemporary is hosting a new exhibition by celebrated Brisbane-based artist Karla Marchesi. Titled To Have and to Hold, this is Marchesi's first solo exhibition of 2012 and it brings together a series of paintings which were inspired by "abandoned spaces and discarded objects".

This reoccurring theme of the lost, the forgotten and the abandoned, has largely been evident throughout Marchesi's career - from her début exhibition Interiors, hosted at the Heiser Gallery in 2008 and Dwelling hosted at Metro Arts also in 2008. More recently, Marchesi held another exhibition at the Heiser Gallery, titled Left Behind in 2010 and last year the artist held her first solo Melbourne exhibition, titled Deterior, at the Blindside Gallery.

Marchesi, the recipient of a number local and international arts awards, including 1st Prize at Redland Art Awards and runner-up at 16th Pine Rivers Art Awards, has a realist painting style and her paintings are largely focused on personal spaces and the objects which occupy this space. They are often stark, thought provoking images - for example view 'These myths no longer ring true' - pictured below.

Karla Marchesi, These myths no longer ring true, 2011. Oil on ply. 150 x 150cm.


You can view more examples of Marchesi's work on her official website.

To Have and to Hold will run from Friday, 30th March to Saturday, 5th May, 2012.

There is a special exhibition opening event on Saturday 31st March from 3pm to 5pm.

For further information on this exhibition, please see the Beam Contemporary website.
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Why? An up and coming Australian artist
When: March 30th to May 5th, 2012
Where: Level 1, 30 Guildford Lane, Melbourne, 3000. Easiest access to Guildford Lane is from Queen St.
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