Three PhotoAccess shows
PhotoAccess presents shows by three interstate artists. Jacinta Giles' Aberration interrogates the aesthetics of COVID-19 television narrative as a way to reflect upon the uncertainty of the unfolding present. Chris Bowes' Split is set in the not-too-distant future when a catastrophe has pushed society over the edge. Within this world a cowboy walks the empty streets. He is stuck in a loop, playing guitar and posing for the pigeons, oblivious to the world that has crumbled around him. Victoria Wareham's Ghost Light is a two-channel, screen-based work that uses digitally altered 16mm film footage to highlight the relationship between touch and the screen-based image. In a world where we summon images using swipe and scroll gestures, this work attempts to communicate using a series of haunting and seductive images that gently caress and dance across the screen surface. Each of the three exhibitions employs the use of video art and together the artists emphasise the importance of the moving image in the contemporary photo realm and lay bare the dystopic realities we're facing now, and are likely to face in the very near future. The three exhibitions are presented at the Huw Davies Gallery, PhotoAccess and online at gallery.photoaccess.org.au. Until August 29.
Brighton Beach Memoirs
Canberra Repertory Society has reopened its theatre for the first time since COVID-19 struck, with its production of Neil Simon's semi-autobiographical comedy. Brighton Beach Memoirs centres on Eugene Jerome, a teenager growing up with his family during the Depression. Directed by Karen Vickery, it's on at Canberra Rep Theatre (formerly Theatre 3), Ellery Crescent, Acton. July 30 to August 15, Wed-Sat, at 8pm. 2pm matinees on August 8, 9, 15. Limited seating with social distancing in place. Bookings by phone only: weekdays 10am to 4pm on 6257 1950. More information: canberrarep.org.au.
Where I Stand
This winter, visitors to Kambri at ANU can see Where I Stand - a selection of artworks from six Australian photographers. Michael Cook, Dr Judith Crispin, Sarah Ducker, Murray Fredericks, Barbara McGrady and Michael Jalaru Torres tell visual tales captured in single frames and take viewers into realms of transformation, rebirth, identity, history, nature, connection and the Dreamtime. The works are being shown on Exhibition Avenue, a new outdoor public art space set along University Avenue. kambri.com.au.
Strathnairn Arts has opened again with the exhibition SQUARES 2020, the 14th year of its open People's Choice exhibition/competition, and welcomes new cafe operator Cafe Stepping Stone to the venue. Exhibition voting is now open, with final voting ending on August 22 at 4pm. Prizes: first prize $1000, people 13 to 18 years $600, 12 and under $200. Prize giving is on Sunday, August 23 at 4pm at the end of the exhibition. Collection of work: Sunday, August 23 from 5pm or from Thursday, August 27 to Sunday August 30 from 10am to 4pm. strathnairn.com.au.
Over the course of an exhibiting career spanning 40 years, James Rogers has become best known for abstract sculptures in steel. This survey at ANU Drill Hall Gallery, curated by gallery director Terence Maloon, highlights several distinct bodies of work by the veteran artist. The earliest series has tumbling forms made from plywood. More recent works by Rogers feature curving "ribbons" cut from steel pipes. In other instances, the steel ribbons (which are cut from larger bore pipes) resemble stacked-up, giant brushstrokes. Rogers' sculptures evoke bodily gesture and human stance. The exhibition is on from Wednesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm until September 27. dhg.anu.edu.au.