Darcy Grant presents <i>The Circus Inside</i> at the Photonet Gallery.

Darcy Grant presents The Circus Inside at the Photonet Gallery.

GERTRUDE STUDIO ARTISTS 2012

ON ITS last day, 2012's Gertrude Studio Artists exhibition gives a fascinating vantage on the day-to-day activities going on upstairs at Gertrude Contemporary. While subversions of materials and space have ruled in recent years, this year's show sees interesting negotiations of more traditional mediums. Darren Sylvester's towering totemic sculpture seems to play with notions of authenticity and cultural expectation, while Paul Yore's psychedelic plasticine wall sculpture – bordered by an elaborate frame – questions our reading of the recognised trope, recasting abstract expressionism via the materials of a child. Jensen Tjhung's sculptural works offer a particularly layered take on post-minimalism, while Veronica Kent reframes her wonderfully creepy portrait-style paintings amid a shrine of kitsch fabrics.
11am–4.30pm, last day today, Gertrude Contemporary, 200 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy, 9419 3404, gertrude.org.au

LAITH McGREGOR: S-O-M-E-O-N-E

ONE could spend the best part of a month deciphering and decoding the endless overlaid texts, fastidiously rendered drawings, ad-hoc doodles, spatial arrangements, gestures, pop-cultural references and diaristic rambles that stretch, warp and envelop local artist Laith McGregor's S-O-M-E-O-N-E. Spanning more than four metres in length and almost two metres in width (and presented atop an elongated ping-pong table), McGregor's epic pen and ink on paper work assumes the form of a kind of unhinged, multi-directional travelogue, veering from considered and personal to flippant. It's a remarkable work. While McGregor's incredible penmanship and interesting subversions and mutations of photorealism have long impressed, this work – created while on residency in Barcelona among other travels – makes for an intriguing formal and playfully existential study. Runs alongside Ronnie van Hout's fantastic All Said All Done.
Tues-Fri 11am–5.30pm, Sat noon–5pm, until December 22, 9 Ellis Street, South Yarra, 9826 2470, kalimanrawlins.com

I AM HEATHCLIFF

WUTHERING Heights references and all, Daine Singer's last show for the year sidles love at its most enveloping, sensual and viscous. Featuring the likes of celebrated Australian photo-artist Jane Burton, Marc Savoia, Heather B Swann, Lorraine Heller-Nicholas and Simon Scheuerle, I Am Heathcliff takes the idea of entwinement to extremes. US-based artist Breyer P-Orridge's stunningly scored video work pictures a pair of glass perfume bottles – one containing his blood and the other filled with the blood of his late partner. In time, one bottle cracks, P-Orridge's blood seeping out to engulf the second bottle. Tiffany Parb's Bond also uses fluids as an allegory for togetherness. Her glass vial sports dual mouthpieces for the pooling saliva from two sources. In Ms&Mr's video work, meanwhile, the duo hilariously reimagine Serge Gainsbourg's somewhat troubling 1984 hit Lemon Incest using spliced footage of a childhood Mr and adult Ms in blissful embrace. Japanese artist Photographer Hal's image of a naked couple, shrink-wrapped in plastic, is love at its most intimate and suffocating.
Wed-Sat noon–5pm, until Friday, Daine Singer, basement, 325 Flinders Lane, city, 0410 264 036, dainesinger.com

YVONNE AUDETTE:
NEW WORKS & UNSEEN WORKS FROM THE STUDIO

ON SHOW again, this collection of works from Yvonne Audette's studio frames the Australian artist in a multi-generational light. Tracing her more lyrical, gestural paintings on board from the 1960s (including the beautifully layered and opaque Concerto for Flute & Violins), alongside more experimental works from the 1980s and '90s, such as A Game of Cricket (with its veering line work and gauche-like palette), this compilation chiefly comprises her more recent textural and pattern-based explorations of the abstracted landscape. There are some notable works here. The Pale Morning Light (2000) uses a loosened, nonetheless almost grid-like form to invoke soft, tonal qualities, while Birds Fly Over Ferntree Gully Quarry (2011) is awash with thick, rough-hewn, clay-like texture and weightless flights of brush and line.
Mon-Fri 10am–5.30pm, Sat 10am–5pm, until Friday, Mossgreen Gallery, 310 Toorak Road, South Yarra, 9826 0822, mossgreen.com.au

COLLABORATION

Darren Sylvester's towering totemic sculpture.

Darren Sylvester's towering totemic sculpture.

ARTISTS Tai Snaith and Kate Tucker have collaborated on a new series of works on paper, created through the use of exquisite corpse-inspired rules of engagement. Taking it in turns to begin, one artist created a collage using found images, then passed it on to the second artist to finish the work with watercolour, gouache, acrylic or pencil. The results are a series of vibrant and harmonious images. Until December 22.
Today 11am-5pm, Helen Gory Galerie, 25 St Edmonds Road, Prahran, free, 9525 2808, helengory.com

PORTRAITURE

HAVE you seen the YouTube video of the little girl singing Nikki Minaj's Super Bass? Did it make you wonder about the extent to which contemporary identity is influenced by the media and popular culture? If so, the first major solo exhibition from South African video and photographic artist Candice Breitz, Candice Breitz: The Character, will intrigue. Breitz's large-scale installations explore the construction of identity, fandom and celebrity culture, as well as offering a new take on contemporary portraiture.
Today and tomorrow 10am-6pm, Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Federation Square, city, free, 8663 2200, acmi.net.au

EXHIBITION

ON DISPLAY at Photonet Gallery are works by the winners of the gallery's annual photography prize. The open category winner, Darcy Grant, presents a series entitled The Circus Inside, revealing black and white stills from that most active of performing arts genres. Natalie Morawski, the winning student, presents Still Sketches. Exhibitions close December 19.
Today 10am-4pm, tomorrow noon-4pm, Photonet Gallery, 15A Railway Place, Fairfield, free, 9018 3081, photonetgallery.com.au

PHOTOGRAPHY

AS WE enter bushfire season, photographer John Gollings' exhibition Aftermath is a reminder of the massive impact the fires of Black Saturday had on the Kinglake-Marysville region. Gollings' work reveals the stark, abstract patterns formed by nature devoid of vegetation. The exhibition is one of three showing at the McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park, along with Janet Laurence's The Alchemical Garden of Desire and the finalists of the 2012 McClelland Sculpture Survey.
Today and tomorrow 10am-5pm, 360-390 McClelland Drive, Langwarrin, entry by donation, 9789 1671, mcclellandgallery.com