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troublemag | February 20, 2020

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Listing State WA

Art Gallery of Western Australia

Perth Cultural Centre, Perth WA 6000

Lynette Wallworth Awavena
7 February – 2 March 2020 | FREE, booking essential

From Emmy Award-winning director Lynette Wallworth and the Amazonian Yawanawa people, Awavena is a stunning tale of metamorphosis told through cutting edge XR technology.

For the Amazonian Yawanawa people, ‘medicine’ has the power to take you inside a vision to a place you have never been. By working with Australian artist Lynette Wallworth, Hushahu, the first woman shaman of the Yawanawa is able to use VR technology to open a portal to another way of knowing. Using technology that the Yawanawa feel enables them to share their story and visions, this immersive work takes you on a virtual journey into the spirit world, capturing fluorescent specimens from the forest world to create a vivid, luminous vision.

Presented in association with Perth Festival
Supported by AGWA Principal Partner and Perth Festival Visual Arts Program Partner Wesfarmers Arts

WA Now – Eveline Kotai: Breathing Pattern
Until 10 February 2020

Over the past 15 years, Eveline Kotai’s interest in material dissolution and regeneration has culminated in the practice and process of cutting up and reworking her own paintings into new works. The exhibition includes new and recent work with the variety of media including canvas reconstructions, carpets, cross-stitch compositions and paintings.

Perth Brutal: Dreaming in Concrete
Until 17 February 2020
AGWA 40 – Celebrating the anniversary of AGWA’s 1979 Brutalist building

Opened on 2 October 1979 by then Premier Charles Court, the new Art Gallery of WA building was a dramatic example of late Brutalist architecture designed by Polish born Charles Sierakowski.

This exhibition opens out the many layers of the history of the building’s development featuring images of the building in construction and its early days, along with ephemera such as building models, plans, diagrams and drawings, and early promotional brochures about the structure and its place in the Cultural Centre.

That Seventies Feeling…the Late Modern
Until 9 March 2020
AGWA 40 – Celebrating the anniversary of AGWA’s 1979 Brutalist building

That Seventies Feeling showcases some of the Gallery’s best works from the 1970s. Full of surprises and rarely seen works, the exhibition examines a transformative decade for Western Australia, the Gallery and the world at large. Featuring artists Miriam Stannage, Virginia Cuppaidge, Mike Parr and Brian Blanchflower, hip new visions by Robert Rooney, Stephen Shore and Jenny Watson, and late work by modernists Howard Hodgkin, Fred Williams and Albert Tucker you’ll be transported back to the decade that shaped modern Australia.

Fremantle Arts Centre

1 Finnerty Street, Fremantle 6160

Shaun Tan | Tales from the Inner City: The Original Paintings
Until Mon 27 Jan 2020 | 10am — 5pm

The incredibly successful Shaun Tan: Suburban Odyssey exhibition was enjoyed by thousands at FAC in 2012. Now Shaun Tan returns with the original paintings, sculptures, studies and sketches from his most recent book, Tales from the Inner City. The book tells a story about the relationships between humans and animals, a heartfelt and empathetic gaze into a world where natural and urban environments merge in a transient, post-industrial world.

Enjoy an up-close, intimate look at the texture and atmosphere of the large paintings Tan has created to illustrate this book. Exquisitely rendered, they initiate a floating sensation of an ethereal other world – perhaps one that we have lost, or one that offers another possibility of co-existence.

“I’ve often felt that many material and spiritual problems suffered by myself and others may have something to do with distance from nature in a post-colonial and post-industrial world, especially within urban centres. Thinking about other animals is a useful way of appreciating this, stepping back from a rather narrow anthropocentric mindset, trapped as it is in contemporary human concerns and self-obsession.” – Shaun Tan