Melbourne Art Fair sectors galleries and accent presents 40 new and established galleries from Australia, New Zealand and the region exhibiting a diverse range of artists and curatorial themes through both solo presentations and group shows of closely related works.
In 2018, the Fair will debut TIME, a site-specific video sector curated by Hannah Mathews (Senior Curator, Monash University Museum of Art) and Rachel Ciesla (Curator and Administrator Galleries and Programs, Melbourne Art Foundation). Unveiling a selection of new and recent works by:
Michaela Gleave (represented by Anna Pappas Gallery, Melbourne),
Jess Johnson (represented by Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney)
Simon Ward, Sriwhana Spong (represented by Michael Lett, Auckland)
Angela Tiatia (represented by Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney),
TIME joins with a growing number of organisations focusing their resources on the activities of female practitioners. TIME speaks to the power of the now and is presented across four sites including Melbourne Art Fair, Buxton Contemporary, Fed Square and QT Melbourne.
Michaela Gleave’s A Galaxy of Suns (2018) transposes what is perhaps the most epic measure of time for humanity: the distance between earth and the universe, questioning the relationship to time, matter and space. The work takes the form of a highly ambient field of colour and sound presented for an intimate audience via QT Melbourne’s inhouse entertainment system.
New Zealand artist, Jess Johnson and animator Simon Ward’s new video Webwurld (2017) offers a glimpse into a hallucinatory netherworld. Presented at scale on Federation Square’s iconic Big Screen, the work materialises a dark portal into a dimensional world whose activities may be taking place simultaneously to our own.
London-based, New Zealand artist Sriwhana Spong’s 2016 video This Creature provides a sensorial travel through time and place. Presented in Melbourne Art Fair and within the Riding Hall and historic surrounds of the former Mounted Police Stables, the work channels female medieval mystic Margery Kempe (known for writing the first recorded western autobiography) through a walk undertaken by the artist through London’s Hyde Park.
Projects Rooms, presented by Four Pillars and supported by the Melbourne Art Foundation, returns as a non-profit platform for cutting-edge art spaces presenting experimental work within the context of a major visual arts event. The 2018 Project Rooms take place within Melbourne Art Fair and will feature presentations from the Institute of Modern Art (Brisbane), Gertrude Contemporary (Melbourne), Blak Dot Gallery (Melbourne) and The Physics Room (Christchurch).
Melbourne Art Fair 2018 is set to welcome over 20,000 visitors over 5-days, from Thursday 2 August to Sunday 5 August (Vernissage Wednesday 1 August).
Tickets on sale: https://tickets.lup.com.au/melbourne-art-fair?cat=ga
Melbourne Art Fair Event Details
Melbourne Art Fair runs from Thursday 2 August to Sunday 5 August 2018 (Vernissage, Wednesday 1 August) in the Southbank Arts Precinct across two adjoining venues – Vault Hall and Riding Hall | melbourneartfair.com.au
Wednesday 1 August, 2pm-5pm
Wednesday 1 August, 5pm-9pm
Thursday 2 August, 10am-12pm
Thursday 2 August, 12pm-5pm
Friday 3 August, 10am-9pm (Friday Up Late) Saturday 4 August, 10am-6pm
Sunday 5 August, 11am-4pm