August 21

AUSTRALIAN IDLE

Sacha Pola

Sacha Pola

Having scarcely emerged Sacha pretty much re-emerged last night with a new name (Pola), a shitload of new work and with, if not a new practice, then certainly a new direction. His highly expressive paintings and drawings come with traces of Bacon, Hockney and Freud, an extraordinary lineage but Sacha has stepped up to the plate. Perhaps the main difference is Australian Idle is distinguished by a dry (read Aussie) sense of humour. As his exhibition statement says, “Australian Idle is the beginning of Sacha’s story of good ol ‘Staya’ where billionaire bust-ups play off sapphire waters; riots take root on bleached sands and cultural icons are born and broken.” Says it all really. Sacha also knows how to pull a crowd, he has had a bit of practice here, so it was a great fun opening with sausage rolls, beers and gallons of red wine. The Manuka gallery so packed it was hard to see this impressive body work – impossible at times. But don’t take my word for it see it for yourself at CCAS Manuka until 31 August.

Nick and Sacha Pola

Bros; Nick and Sacha Pola

Freddie and L

Freddie and L

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Anne and Heidi

Ben and James

Ben and James

Enyoname and Nick

Enyoname and Nick

Luke and Riley

Luke and Riley

Lucas and Nick

Lucas and Nick

Walrus and Treeny

Walrus and Treeny

Mimi and Joel

Mimi and Joel

Lauren and Leigh

Lauren and Leigh

Chris, Jed and Sophie

Chris, Jed and Sophie

Sabriina and Will French

Sabrina and Will French

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Harry, Cassie and Luke

Dickie, Sam and Julia

Dickie, Sam and Julia

and a couple of spectacular works from Australian Idle …

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Not Guilty, acrylic on paper, 2014, 70×53

A Little to The Left, acrylic on board, 2014, 122x90cm

A Little to The Left, acrylic on board, 2014, 122x90cm