An Opera for Animals was first staged at Para Site in Hong Kong between 23 March and 2 June 2019, with works by over 48 artists and collectives that use opera as a metaphor for modes of contemporary, cross-disciplinary art-making. The exhibition's second iteration takes up a large portion of the Rockbund Art Museum (RAM) in Shanghai (22 June–25...
Moving across installation, painting, drawing, and writing, Malaysia-born and London-based artist Mandy El-Sayegh explores the political, social, and economic complexities of humanity, using a mosaic of information—from advertising slogans and pornographic imagery to newspaper articles—that she subjects to processes of layering,...
Get Up Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House in London (12 June–15 September 2019) surveys more than half a century of black creativity in Britain and beyond across the fields of art, film, photography, music, design, fashion, and literature.Curated by Zak Ové, works by approximately 100 intergenerational black...
Since his earliest exhibition with Tolarno Galleries in 1991, Peter Atkins has transformed his obsessive practice of hunting, collecting and meticulously cataloguing everyday items into paintings luminous with fields of intense colour. A master of abstraction, Atkins brings a refined cultural judgement to humble subjects, and like an alchemist he elevates them into art and design that becomes wondrous.
His recent preoccupation is the bold graphic and geometric designs of train tickets issued in Melbourne and country Victoria between 1920 and the late 1980s. In Station to Station, he created 12 flags referencing iconic designs for journeys in and out of Flinders Street Station as part of the National Gallery of Victoria Melbourne Now (2013) exhibition.
Currently on display until October 2019 is RAILway, Atkins' Public Commission for the Metro Tunnel Creative Program on Swanston Street, Melbourne. These designs reflect suburban train tickets throughout greater Melbourne and country tickets issued across Victoria.
Atkins' journey now arrives at The Passengers, a new series of 36 intimate, jewel-like paintings. Focusing on the exquisite forms underneath each ticket, the paintings reveal an evocative collection of abstracted forms and colours that represent a fascinating visual coded language, a railway vernacular, that is particular to Melbourne and greater Victoria.
"These tickets are like connectors, connecting us all through time and place, to locations, events, friends and family in and around our beautiful city of Melbourne," Atkins says.
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