Audrey Schmidt
In Costume

In Costume

Mejia, 33 Tinning Street Brunswick East
1 November 2019

By Audrey Schmidt

Held at the newly opened Mejia gallery on Tinning Street, Brunswick (located near Neon Parc), on November 1st, the In Costume label launch included garments by Melbourne-based Canadian designer Brendan Morris produced with artist, Spencer Lai. The business card-like invitation reflects the label itself. It features a red rubber stamp-like graphic of planet earth with a trucker's cap perched on top and w...

Audrey Schmidt
Octopus 19: Ventriloquy

Comedy and Chaos


Octopus 19: Ventriloquy

Gertrude Contemporary
31 May – 20 July 2019, curated by Joel Stern

By Audrey Schmidt

The 19th edition of Gertrude Contemporary's Octopus series, curated by Joel Stern, centres on the generative theme of ventriloquy. The comic, the sinister, the vaudevillian, the carnivalesque, the macabre, the puppet master, the pathological, the perverse all strike me as the most immediate connotations.

It is no surprise, however, that the curatorial focus i...

Audrey Schmidt
Carny

Abandoned Theme Parc

Carny

Neon Parc City, 1 February – 2 March 2019

Neon Parc Brunswick, 8 February – 9 March 2019

By Audrey Schmidt

The Facebook event for Carny—a two-part exhibition curated by Neon Parc director Geoff Newton and held at both Neon Parc City and Neon Parc Brunswick—describes it as "a new exhibition of works by established and emerging artists." While distinctions between emerging and established artists can seem entirely nebulous, in Carny the emerging artists (ex...

Audrey Schmidt
Decadent (Im)Possibilities

Decadent (Im)Possibilities


Aesthetics, Politics and Histories: The Social Context of Art, AAANZ Conference 2018

School of Art, RMIT University, Melbourne
5–7 December 2018

By Audrey Schmidt

Over the last three days, RMIT University School of Art played host to the 2018 Art Association of Australia and New Zealand conference which was intriguingly titled Aesthetics, Politics and Histories: The Social Context of Art. Bringing together art historians, theorists, curators, critics and...

Audrey Schmidt
People Soup

People Soup

Suicidal Oil Piglet, 1–9 Moreland Rd Coburg, Melbourne, 25 August – 16 September 2017

By Audrey Schmidt

Suicidal Oil Piglet, an unusual gallery name for which there is no given explanation, opened earlier this year in Coburg, Melbourne, by co-founders and artists Calum Lockey and Zac Segbedzi. Prior to SOP’s opening, the duo ran the website Melbourne Offsite Index with Hana Earles from 2015-6; documenting offsite shows staged in environments ranging from parked cars to empty...