We're delighted to partner with the wonderful Marfa Gallery in Abbotsford, Melbourne, to show you the amazing body of work done by Goodie and Kitt during their residency in Queenstown. See you at the opening.
How does one look at all objects and people as friends? This is the sense you get from Goodie's art.
Like one of her influences, the surrealist René Magritte, you immediately feel a connection to her subjects, even though they are out of place or perspective.
This is because she is ultimately influenced by her friends. And this is not only the artists she knows and admires.
"Anything can be a friend," she says, "whether it’s an object, feeling, place or otherwise."
It's the essential aspect her underlying interest in notions of familiarity and association, particularly how recognisable objects, people and spaces can be defamiliarised and re-understood through different narratives or structures. Originally from Canberra, Goodie is now ensconced in Melbourne, where she graduated from VCA. As an interdisciplinary artist working predominantly in painting as well as installation, performance, sculpture and poetry, you'll find her shows and artworks all over Australia, including Tasmania, where she's been in residency at Q Bank Gallery.
She recently curated a show for Juddy Roller called "Intermission" at the Collingwood Arts Precinct, featuring some of the best Australian artists.
Learn more: http://www.goodie-was-here.com/
You know you're in Kitt Bennett's artistic world when you find everything full of life, even typically inanimate objects like discarded bicycles and skeletons.
The latter recently featured in a huge mural by him across three basketball courts. It's a fascination he's had since a child when he started collecting bones, including human fingers.
Primarily an illustrator, Kitt is constantly exploring new media and techniques that help him develop and evolve.
But the common threads that inspire him to create art are his infectious dark humour and the examination of individuality and the mysterious phenomena that surround us.
Learn more: http://www.kittbennett.com/