COLLINGWOOD ARTS PRECINCT SPRING OPENINGS
Spring brings with it all the optimism of new growth. If I were a rich dude I reckon my purse would really loosen up in the warmth of a new season. So do eight Commercial Galleries in the Collingwood Arts Precinct, all opening their latest shows last Thursday. We were a bit slow to move on when surrounded with such scintillating conversation, so only managed 3 of 8 Galleries, and will need to contend better with time management in the future.
Kick Gallery presented a strong suite of old works by Andrew Sibley. Painted in the 70’s, the works have more than held up with the passing of time, and if you’re a painter or a lover of paintings, this show shouldn’t be missed. Oil and enamel sloshed around in earthy tones, figures just emerging.
Down the hill past the Peel to Fehily Contemporary to see works by Christopher Koller and Megan Cope. Megan uses vintage military maps overlaid with the names of the Aboriginal groups and languages to which these areas originally belonged and still belong today. The Tide is High is a collection of protest placards that reference the asylum seeker debate currently embarrassing Australia.
Finally we checked out Tristian Koenig’s new digs (further down the same lane as Fehily). A beautiful upstairs 2 roomed space, high windows overlooking Collingwood architectural gems. Andrzej Nowicki’s whimsical paintings echoing a new landscape. Natalie Thomas