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troublemag | December 15, 2018

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Art Gallery of Western Australia

WA NOW – ANDREW NICHOLLS – HYPERKULTUREMIA
15 December 2018 – 15 April 2019

Andrew Nicholls’ WA Now solo exhibition showcases his recent Hyperkulturemia series. The major focus of his practice for the past five years, Hyperkulturemia is the outcome of a series of residencies in Italy between 2014-2017.

These residencies were an opportunity for Nicholls to engage with various sites associated with the 18th century Grand Tour, a rite-of-passage that saw young, aristocratic men complete their education by journeys to Italy to view the remains of classical antiquity and the masterpieces of the Renaissance.

The series’ title refers to the condition of ‘Stendhal Syndrome’ (aka Florence Syndrome or Rome Syndrome), reported to have been experienced by tourists overcome by the splendours of high Renaissance art. It was often explained as coming from an “excess of culture in the blood.”

 
Screen Space – Megan Cope
Until 25 February 2019 | FREE

The Blaktism 2014 is the first standalone video work by artist Megan Cope. It is highly theatrical in its examination of Aboriginal identity and issues of authenticity that are faced by fair-skinned Aboriginal people.

It does this by looking at Australian society’s intensive focus on skin colour as a way of deciding who is and isn’t a “real” Aboriginal person in urban areas.

With a type-cast crew, including a priest, hipsters and bikini-clad women, the artist submits herself to a baptism of authenticity; as if such a ceremony will legitimate her “blackness”.

The video is a blast of good humour, which is sometimes the only way to tackle issues that are deeply offensive.

 
Culture Juice – Beyond Bling!
Until 14 January 2019 | FREE

Are you ready for bling!
Building on the success of ‘The Rise of Sneaker Culture’ and ‘Heath Ledger: A Life in Pictures’, AGWA presents the next exhibition in its Culture Juice program: ‘Beyond Bling!’ celebrating, exploring and making jewellery and adornment.

Centred on 300 varied pieces from the State Art Collection from the 1800s to today, Beyond Bling! unlocks the vaults to showcase the best, the bizarre and the most sophisticated jewels in its historical and contemporary collections. Moving from bold and captivating wearable art to quiet and subtle, almost private, personal interventions, the show will change how you think about what jewellery is and can be.

Beyond Bling! also features capsule displays from key collectors including major historic pieces of gold nugget jewellery from antiquarian expert Trevor Hancock, some timeless classics from Georg Jensen and by contrast some jaw-dropping displays from Perth’s King of Bling, Shane Pavlinovich.

FULL SCHEDULE ONLINE
For all the details on the Beyond Bling! exhibition, opening day and associated events please visit artgallery.wa.gov.au/exhibitions/beyond-bling.asp

 
spaced 3: north by southeast
Until 7 January 2019

International Art Space

Artistic explorers of a different kind are celebrated in spaced 3: north by southeast. Six Australian artists completed artistic residencies in the Nordic heartlands of Finland, Iceland, Denmark and Sweden and five Nordic artists find their place in Western Australia’s rural and remote communities. Using sculpture, video, photography and installation, this show is an enlightening series of windows onto the world we know, and the world we have yet to understand.