Last Wednesday saw Contemporaries treated to an evening of contemporary art, premium wines and lively conversation on a private tour of the Rushcutters Bay gallery precinct.
Hosted by noted arts presenter and producer, Fenella Kernebone, the tour kicked off at STILLS Gallery where Contemporaries members and special guests were greeted by a futuristic scene, made up of cutting-edge artworks from the gallery’s current group exhibition Ever Fresh. Fenella was joined in conversation by Ever Fresh curator Josephine Skinner and winemaker Lisa McGuigan, who reflected on the exhibition’s themes of constant change and the allure of innovation that is present in both the artists’ and winemaker’s work. As guests wandered through the exhibition and stockroom, they heard from artist Justine Varga on her photography practice and were invited to sample air from the past and future in Emily Parsons-Lord‘s intriguing Airarrium.
A short stroll down the road and the tour arrived at Arthouse Gallery. Miranda Skoczek’s vibrant paintings radiated in the gallery’s front room, while a special stockroom hang featuring works by prominent artists captured the interest of many Contemporaries. Artists Aaron Kinnane, Leah Fraser and Kendal Murray were special guests on the night. They each spoke about their artistic practice, the relationship that evolves between artist and gallery and the experience of seeing their works juxtaposed with other works from the Arthouse stockroom. Gallery Director Ali Yeldham explained that there is often far more art available to see and buy in galleries than what is hanging on the walls and encouraged everyone to deepen their gallery experience by exploring the treasure trove of works in gallery stockrooms.
The final stop for the evening was Dominik Mersch Gallery, where Anton Pulvirenti’s exhibition of intricate charcoal drawings captivated the audience from the moment they walked in. Anton was invited to talk about the sense of nostalgia in the anthropomorphic portraits, which give voice to the repressed stories and experiences of his migrant forebears. Contemporaries socialised well into the evening over wines from Lisa McGuigan’s premium collection and lavish catering, paired perfectly by the winemaker herself.
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