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Wednesday
04
APR

Opening event: Luke O'Connor | Alex Latham

18:00
18:00
Wellington St Projects
Event organized by Wellington St Projects

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Hunks
Luke O’Connor
(Gallery 1)
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Austral-Australia
Alex Latham
(Gallery 2)

OPENING
Wednesday 4 April 6 – 8pm

EXHIBITION CONTINUES
5 – 15 March

GALLERY HOURS
11 – 5 pm Fri – Sun

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Gallery 1
Hunks | LUKE O'CONNOR

HUNKS is a solo show from Sydney based artist Luke O’Connor. Using ceramic it explores the vessel form as a site of experimentation. Practicing a combination of throwing on the potter’s wheel and coiled hand building, Luke creates dynamic and playful works that reference the utilitarian language embedded in the history of ceramics while presenting objects that are formally and functionally ambiguous. In reimagining the traditional ceramic ideology, with its peculiarities and willfulness, the work both challenges and pays homage to the craft.

Seductive polychromatic surfaces reference topography, the human form and its secretions. HUNKS plays to notions of queer adversity, to celebrating scars and dissociating enhancement from conventional ideals of perfection. Bright colors, are paired with earthy tones, broken chunks of clay are cloaked in platinum and gold. The surfaces of the vessels remain raw and parade the artist’s imprint as an ode to the physical making process.

HUNKS will also include an accompanying essay written by George Haddad.
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Gallery 2
Austral-Australia | ALEX LATHAM

‘Austral-Australia’ is an investigation into Australia’s identity, specifically our deep reverence of sport and sporting culture. Latham scrutinisesthis national obsession through a satirical lens and with a dry wit. The body of work embodies the Australian ethos of “Larrikinism”.

Latham projects tightly rendered figures into flat, digitally reminiscent realities, assaulted with ‘cartoony’ intervention. White picket fences are a common motif in his work reflecting a suburban upbringing and acting as a vehicle for exploringforeign and vexing subject matter.

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