Snug Succour by KATIE ERASER
Feb
2
to Feb 4

Snug Succour by KATIE ERASER

Katie Eraser is a self-taught Melbourne based artist. Eraser’s extremely energetic and highly intriguing practice has undergone a joyously prolific last 12 months. Resulting in two major shows and one notable art-fair inclusion. ‘Perfection isn’t beautiful, Destruction is beautiful’ was Eraser’s first sell-out exhibition, held at Boom Gallery in April this year. Besser Space is thrilled to showcase the highly anticipated second solo-show ‘Snug Succour.’


Featuring 30 major works, the exhibition is a journey through the familiar, and fresh terrain of new media for Eraser. Large scale painted works provide stimuli for sculptured clusters, that thus in turn, motivate a new mode of embodied exploration, presented via large textile pieces. Those familiar with the artists previous work, will identify the visual language that harks only of a Katie Eraser encounter. However, this current survey sees a freshly simplified and deliberate use of line and texture. A tightly considered and thoughtful offering that showcases a newly determined view of the interplay between shape, colour and line.

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The human experience of self-imposed seclusion, or socially constructed ostracism, is a space which herein lies a struggle that is not uniquely our own. If we are bound to reveal ourselves in darkness, and don a mask to perform in light, can you blame people for reaching towards chemical comfort?

Looking to aspirational notions of comfort, specifically within the home environment, the focus is on the line and shape that we seek solace and care within. These new works brightly climb out of the depths of isolation and render a new day rising under the guise of radiant expressions of abstraction. The works have been refined and simplified over and over until the shapes that form the works are unrecognisable from their original inspirations. In restraining the form, and line, sometimes altogether entirely, we see a new display of maturity and composition. 

Delving into new mediums, specifically textile works, a deliberate act to extend the artist practice and visual language beyond the rigidity of wood and solid forms was sought. Creating a space filled with opposing textures and variances
in soft and hard replay key focuses of emotions intersecting with environment. 

If we each aspire to feel safety, security and comfort {Snug} in and outside of our darkest moments, and recognise this as a human need we should all be afforded, maybe we can find more time to support, care and aid {Succour} each other. Possibly then we can be free of chemical comforts.

OPENING NIGHT
Friday 2 February 6.00pm - 9.00pm
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GALLERY HOURS
Saturday 3 February 12.00 - 5.00pm
Sunday 4 February 12.00 - 4.00pm

For more information  http://katieeraser.com

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Culture Matters: Presented by Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency Art Mentoring Program
Nov
15
to Nov 19

Culture Matters: Presented by Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency Art Mentoring Program

Culture Matters celebrates the work of five young people exploring their cultural knowledge and identity through various art mediums. Inspired and mentored by the stories, experiences and practices of Artist’s Maree Clarke (Mutti Mutti/Yorta Yorta and Boon Wurrung/Wemba Wemba), Emma Bamblett (Wemba Wemba) and Peter Waples-Crow (Ngarigo), the young people have created a body of work that expresses their personal cultural journey. Culture Matters is proudly presented by the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA) as an outcome of their 2017 Art Mentoring Project.

For more information on VACCA: www.vacca.org

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End of Year Exhibition by the Victorian College of the Arts
Oct
25
to Oct 28

End of Year Exhibition by the Victorian College of the Arts

The Victorian College of the Arts presents the End of Year Exhibition for the first time at Besser Space!

Join us for a diverse selection of artworks from the following VCA’s Visual Art Short Courses: Advanced Drawing, Contemporary Painting, Drawing Foundations, Extended Practice, and Painting Techniques.

For more information about the VCA’s Short Courses, visit: vca.unimelb.edu.au/study/short-courses

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For Better, For Worse by SKL0
Oct
3
to Oct 15

For Better, For Worse by SKL0

Lo, who also goes by the moniker SKL0, has a distinguished reputation in Singapore as an activist and artist critiquing the social-political norms of her first world island state home. 

FOR BETTER, FOR WORSE
In her third solo exhibition, and first in Australia, we encounter an artist who is obsessed with the way Singapore's inhabitants interact with the urban landscape and how their lives are directed by social expectations, government directives and collective habit. Lo questions what it means to be a citizen in an ostensibly free state in which behaviours are observed by security cameras and crossing the road at the 'correct' time is a matter of obligation. 

For images visit www.pegasos5.com

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For Syria's Children Fundraising Exhibition by E.L.K. & Emma Zoller
Sep
28
6:00 PM18:00

For Syria's Children Fundraising Exhibition by E.L.K. & Emma Zoller

Formed in mid-2017 by international artist ELK (Luke Cornish) and Emma Zoller, For Syria’s Children (FSC) is an Australian fundraising project aiming to provide financial assistance to young Syrians that have been tragically affected by the relentless Syrian civil war.

All funds raised via the auction of artworks and donations are allocated directly to a selection of local Syrian organisations, including orphanages, hospitals and on-the-ground health care services, spread across a number of Syria’s most heavily devastated cities. 

The show featured an extensive list of Australia’s most respected urban artists including Adnate, Anthony Lister, Rone, ELK, HA-HA and more. 

Follow their journey post event www.instagram.com/forsyriaschildren

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Streetview by HoMie
Sep
14
to Sep 16

Streetview by HoMie

Streetview is an exhibition which aims to shine a light on the often unspoken world of Melbourne's growing homeless community. Capturing life on the streets, seven people experiencing homelessness documented their lives via disposable cameras. These images uncover a side of our city which is confronting and real.

For more about HoMie  
 

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Milkali Kutju - One Blood by ROBERT FIELDING
Aug
2
to Aug 12

Milkali Kutju - One Blood by ROBERT FIELDING

Milkali Kutju, meaning ‘one blood’ in Pitjantjatjara language, is a call for unity, for an end to racial prejudice. I’m asking people to look beneath the surface and see that our differences are only skin deep. It doesn’t matter what colour or race you are, we all have blood running through our veins. In these works the paper is like a skin, and the piercings I’ve burnt through its surface invite the viewer to look a little deeper, and consider what lies beneath: Milkali Kutju – One Blood.

- Robert Fielding

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