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Katherine Botten, Exit 2 (Deco Bows), acrylic and oil on canvas, 110 x 80 cm, 2022. Photo: Kenneth Suico.

Katherine Botten, The Freedom Show; Ella Sutherland, Speaker of the House

5 Nov 2022
Katherine Botten, The Freedom Show, Hyacinth 21 Oct - 10 Nov 2022 Ella Sutherland, Speaker of the House, Futures 6 Oct - 11 Nov 2022

Sometimes it feels like Melbourne and Sydney exist in parallel universes. Melbourne is cool; Sydney is hot. Melbourne is emo, paranoiac, cerebral, the international home of rubbish art, committed to the bit and, at times, painfully ironic. Sydney is sensual, subtropical, embodied, colourful, committed to abstract political theorising and, at times, painfully earnest. This comparative game can swiftly descend into meaningless vagueries. However, it is undeniable that place shapes artists—or, more accurately, the important things that make up a place: the people (teachers, peers, friends, lovers, enemies), the institutions (art schools, public galleries, commercial galleries, shed galleries), the rent, the jobs, the queer scene, the parties, the migration history, the weather…

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