RMIT Gallery Exhibition Program 2007



Christopher Köller: Floating Worlds

Image: Christopher Köller Untitled, Chigasaki Beach 2003 digital video still.

Image: Christopher Köller Untitled, Chigasaki Beach 2003 digital video still.
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Floating Worlds is Köller’s photographic investigation of the contemporary Japanese surfing subculture, compiled during a residency at the Australia Council’s Tokyo studio in 2003. Köller’s photographs and videos document the emergence of surfing images on advertising billboards throughout the city as evidence of a shift in perception of surfing, from a transgressive subculture to a major thread in the contemporary Japanese imagination. Curated by Suzanne Davies and Christopher Köller.

Exhibition dates: 5 December 2007 – 26 January 2008

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This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

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Echoes of Home: Memory and Mobility in Recent Austral-Asian Art

Image: Liu Xiao Xian, The couple 2004, camphor wood and bronze, 187 x 62 x 47 cm (wood), 180 x 55 x 40 cm (bronze). Photo: the artist.

Image: Liu Xiao Xian, The couple 2004, camphor wood and bronze, 187 x 62 x 47 cm (wood), 180 x 55 x 40 cm (bronze). Photo: the artist.

Echoes of Home draws together fourteen Australian-based artists from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds within the Asia-Pacific region. The exhibition highlights the various skills, traditions and stories these artists have brought to Australia from their homelands and how these are used within the context of a new cultural environment. Made from a variety of media, works in the exhibition reveal the significant contribution these artists have made to visual culture, particularly craft, in Australia. Toured by Museum of Brisbane, Brisbane City Council and supported by Visions of Australia. Curated by Christine Clarke.

Artists:

  • Keiko Amenomori-Schmeisser
  • Dadang Christanto
  • Yuri Kawanabe
  • Won Seok Kim
  • Liu Xiao Xian
  • Yoshie Mizuno
  • Humna Mustafa
  • Shine Myung-ok Shin
  • Pamela Mei-Leng See
  • Renee So
  • Jaishree Srinivasan
  • Alistair Trung
  • Alwin Reamillo
  • Savanhdary Vongpoothorn

Exhibition dates: 3 December 2007 – 26 January 2008

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Visions, Australia Council, Museum of Brisbane and Brisbane City logos

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Siemens – RMIT Fine Art Award

 Anna Gilby, Window 2006. Plaster bandage, wire, aluminium, steel, 2000 x 80 cm. Siemens 2006 Acquisition Prize winner.

Image: Anna Gilby, Window 2006. Plaster bandage, wire, aluminium, steel, 2000 x 80 cm. Siemens 2006 Acquisition Prize winner.
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The Siemens-RMIT Fine Art Partnership is one of the most exciting business-arts initiatives to be launched in Australia. The partnership culminates annually with the selection of eight students to receive a combined $32,000 in financial scholarships to further their studies and careers.

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Exhibition dates: 5 November – 17 November 2007

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Living Elvis

 Image depicts parody of James Bond Moonraker film poster, with Elvis, Incredible Hulk and others.

Image: Soda_Jerk with Sam Smith, Pixel Pirate II: Attack of the Astro Elvis Video Clone 2002-2006, DVD still.
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RMIT Gallery commemorates the 30th anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley.

Art responding to Elvis impact on contemporary visual culture, including fresh interpretations of Andy Warhol’s iconic Elvis prints.

Exhibition opening:
Thursday 16 August, 6pm - 8pm

Exhibition dates:
Friday 17 August - 20 October 2007

Artists:

  • Irene Barberis
  • Peter Barnes
  • Simon Barney
  • Baz Blakeney
  • Bonita Bub
  • Sadie Chandler
  • David Disher
  • Richard Dunn
  • Phil Edwards
  • Matthys Gerber
  • Ian Haig
  • Stephen Haley
  • Richard Harding
  • Marcus Kaiser
  • Alex Lawler
  • Stephen Little
  • Xiao Xian Liu
  • Michalis Nicolaides
  • Polixeni Papapetrou
  • Joan Ross
  • Giles Ryder
  • Stephen Skok
  • Soda_Jerk
  • Darren Wardle
  • Jenny Watson

Related Events

Symposium 16 - 17 August

King Power: Designing Masculinities
RMIT City Campus
Presented by RMIT University Fashion Program in collaboration with RMIT Gallery.

Film Program 17 August

Freaky Fridays: Late Night Cult ACMI Cinemas, Australian Centre for the Moving Image

  • 7pm: Kid Galahad (95 mins)
  • 8.30pm: Live Performances
  • 10pm: Elvis: That’s The Way It Is (97 mins)

Public programs

View King Power Poster; Living Elvis Public Programs (PDF 193kb)

Living Elvis public education program (PDF 300kb)

Logo: City of Melbourne. Living the Arts.

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New trends of architecture in Europe and Asia-Pacific 2006-2007

 Image : St. Andres Beach house. Sean Godsell Architects

Image:St Andrew’s beach house. Sean Godsell Architects.

Exhibition dates: Wednesday 20 June to Saturday 28 July

Opening: 6 - 8 pm 20 June

Architects R & Sie (n) /Francois Roche, Stephanie Lavaux, Jean Navarro (France); B.I.G. Bjarke Ingels Group (former PLOT, Denmark); Polaris architects (Luxembourg); JDS Architects (former PLOT, Denmark); NL architects (Netherlands); Enric Ruiz-Geli/Cloud 9 (Spain); Andreas Angelidakis (Greece); Polaris architects (Luxembourg); DOGMA|OFFICE (Italy); Zizi & Yoyo arhitektid (Estonia); Taira Nishizawa Architects (Japan); MADA s.p.a.m. (China); Edge Design Institute Ltd. (Hong Kong); Mass Studies (Korea); Duangrit Bunnag (Thailand); Sean Godsell Architects (Australia); Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects (Australia)

Three sponsor logos. Victoria, The Place to be. Victorian endownment for Science knowledge and innovation, Veski. Adelphi.

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Marks & Motifs prints from the PCA collection

 Image : Michael Schlitz, Astronomer 2004, colour drypoint

Image: Michael Schlitz, Astronomer 2004, colour drypoint.

Exhibition dates: Wednesday 20 June to Saturday 28 July

Opening: 6 - 8 pm Wednesday 27 June

To be opened 6 - 8pm Wednesday 27, June by Associate Professor Lesley Duxbury, printmaker and postgraduate research coordinator, RMIT School of Art.

Preceding the opening at 5.30pm will be a curatorial talk by Stephen Rainbird , Senior Curatorial Advisor, Queensland University of Technology Precincts.

Showcasing 45 works commissioned by the Print Council of Australia since the 1960’s.

Artists: Ray Arnold, Tatipai Barsa, Yvonne Boag, G. W. Bot, John Coburn, Noel Counihan, Caroline Durré, Lesley Duxbury, Belinda Fox, Juli Haas, Treahna Hamm, Barbara Hanrahan, Cecil Hardy, Euan Heng, Tim Jones, William Kelly, Franz Kempf, Grahame King, Deborah Klein, Hertha Kluge-Pott, Les Kossatz, Maria Kozic, Graham Kuo, Alun Leach-Jones, Bruno Leti, Bea Maddock, Diane Mantzaris, Marie McMahon, Arone Raymond Meeks, Ann Newmarch, Graeme Peebles, Susan Pickering, Cat Poljski, Julie Purvis, Sally Robinson, Olga Sankey, Michael Schlitz, Jan Senbergs, Heather Shimmen, Melissa Smith, Sophia Szilagyi, Judy Watson, Arthur Wicks, Christine Willcocks, Fred Williams.

Free Event: RMIT Printmaking Workshop Tour and Demonstration

Thursday 28 June, 12.30 - 1.30pm

Unravel the mystery of printmaking at this special tour of the RMIT print workshop. Staff and students from the RMIT School of Art will demonstrate a variety of methods including relief, etching and lithographic printing.

Meet at the entrance to RMIT Building 49, on Franklin Street near the corner of Swanston Street, diagonally opposite the Melbourne City Baths.

Marks & Motifs workshop tour invitation (PDF 420kb)

Three sponsor logos: Australian Government, Visions of Australia. QUT Art Museum. Print Council of Australia Inc.

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Material Evidence: Jenny Watson Works on fabric 1981 - 2005

 Image : Cat on a Hay Bale 1992 Synthetic polymer paint on Indian cotton over canvas with rabbit skin glue; synthetic polymer paint on pre-made canvas 91 x 61cm; 25 x 20cmCollection the artist (Caption: Tha cat sat on the hay bale and waited) Photo: Mick Richards A Griffith Artworks and DELL Gallery @ Queensland College of Art travelling exhibition

Image: Cat on a Hay Bale 1992 Synthetic polymer paint on Indian cotton over canvas with rabbit skin glue; synthetic polymer paint on pre-made canvas 91 x 61cm; 25 x 20cmCollection the artist Photo: Mick Richards A Griffith Artworks and DELL Gallery @ Queensland College of Art travelling exhibition.

Exhibition dates: 3 May to 9 June 2007

Jenny Watson is a major figure in contemporary art whose work continues to command an international audience engages by its freshness of execution and the gentle humour and eloquence of its highly individual imagery. This selection of works on fabric recall times past. Watson’s works are drawn from images of her life and from her dreams. Her unconventional approach to painting combines colour, text, figures and recurring motifs, to create a meaningful narrative. While the combination of images and text encourages the viewer to draw their own conclusions from the disparate pairings Watson offers.










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Rich Text emerging artists and the written word

 Image: James Dodd, WERD, 2007

Image: James Dodd, WERD, 2007.

Exhibition dates: 1 May to 9 June 2007

Emerging artists and the written word is an exhibition of work by ten artists and two writers exploring the allure and integration of the written word into installation, neon, performance, graffiti, moving image and printed publications, opening at RMIT Gallery on Tuesday 1 May, curated by Tai Snaith and Helen Walpole. Rich Text presents the work of Gabrielle De Vietri, James Dodd, Tim Fleming, Danielle Freakley, Is Not Magazine, David Keating, Antuong Nguyen, Pandarosa, Narinda Reeders and Kiron Robinson, and texts by Kate Just and Amy Spiers


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New Abstraction RMIT 1965-1985: Leonard Crawford, George Johnson, Grahame King

Grahame King “Floating Tower” 1963 Lithograph 680 x 480 mm Collection of the artist

Image: Grahame King “Floating Tower” 1963 Lithograph 680 x 480 mm Collection of the artist.

Exhibition dates: 1 May to 9 June 2007

Crawford, Johnson and King were central to the advancement of non-objective art in Melbourne in the post-war decades. They shared international modernists’ experimental attitudes to materials and to form and composition - with investigations of colour, shape, line, tone and texture - but their preference for abstraction over the figurative imagery favoured by many other artists ensured that there was a strong alternative in the modern art movement as it was experienced in Melbourne. New Abstraction RMIT 1965-1985 celebrates RMIT University’s 120th anniversary by honouring these three senior artists who have made a significant contribution to RMIT, the Melbourne art community and to Australian art as a whole.

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Fashion Face: Fashion photography by Robyn Beeche 1979-1989

 Robyn Beeche, Arrows, 1979

Image: Robyn Beeche, Arrows, 1979.

Exhibition dates: 2 March - 14 April 2007

Based in London throughout the 80's, Australian photographer Robyn Beeche's photographic style moved from the realm of straight fashion photography into that of high art, melding make-up and costuming to create fantastical tableaux and exotic narratives.

Loreal Melbourne Fashion festival

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Fabsolute: the fashion illustration of Alfredo Bouret 1940s - 1960s

 Drawing of model . Alfredo Bouret, Balenciaga gown, study for French Vogue, 1960

Image: Alfredo Bouret, Balenciaga gown, study for French Vogue, 1960.

Exhibition dates: 2 March - 14 April 2007

This exhibition follows fashion illustrator, Alfredo Bouret's career from 1946 through to the early 1960s presenting work created for Vogue, Tatler, Queen and Glamour magazines and advertising campaigns for British Vogue, Jaeger and Bally of Switzerland.

Loreal Melbourne Fashion festival

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Sigmar Polke: Music from an Unknown Source

 View of exhibition at RMIT Gallery

Image: Installation view. RMIT Gallery.

Exhibition dates: 18 December 2006 - 17 February 2007

Music from an Unknown Source brings together a series of 40 gouaches by Sigmar Polke, from 1996. Since the early 1960s, Polke has been concerned with the relationship between the reality as contained in a picture and reality itself, the relation between art and daily life. In the gouaches of this exhibition, Polke makes the dripping and flowing of paint his theme, contrasting the unpredictable flow of paint with an overlaid regular and predictable screen system. These pictures give a significant insight into Polke’s artistic oeuvre and belong among the most significant of the German postwar era. An exhibition of the Institut Für Auslandsbeziehungen/IFA and the Goethe Institut.




An exhibition of the Institut fur Auslandsbeziehungen/ Institute for Cultural Relations and the Goethe-Institut.

An exhibition of theInstitut and the Goethe-Institut.




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RMIT Gallery 2007 exhibitions

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