A Byrd in the hand ...
To coincide with Contour 556, the City Walk Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new work by Canberra mural and graffiti artist Byrd (aka Dan McGinnity). The paintings in this show use reclaimed gallery furniture (retired exhibition plinths) and industrial shelving as grounds for a multiplicity of (primarily) Australian birds, rendered in hand-cut, multi-layer aerosol stencil prints. The artist juxtaposes these graphic portraits with collected fragments of textual phrases that he has extracted and isolated from their political and pop-culture sources. City Walk Gallery, Level 1, 131 City Walk, Civic, Wednesday to Saturday, 11am to 5pm. Until November 7, 2020.
New Beaver shows
Thornton Walker's Studies in solitude extends his long experimentation with the dynamics of composition, perspective and spatial depth through landscapes and seascapes. Additionally, through his stilllife paintings he explores arrangements of quiet objects of ascetic, ruminative character. Canberra artist Kirrily Humphries borrowed the title of her exhibition, A fundamental pause, from a poem, Crumbling is not an instant's act, by the American writer Emily Dickinson. The poem evokes the process of decay and the passing of time, and these are reflected in Humphries' vignettes of abandoned interiors, small-scale, luminous works built up in many layers of oil glazes. Both exhibitions are on at Beaver Galleries until November 1, 2020. beavergalleries.com.au.
Canberra artist Robyn Campbell will open a solo exhibition at Suki & Hugh Gallery on Saturday, October 17. Echoes will show new works in ceramics and glass. The artist will be at the opening between 1pm and 4pm. The closing is on Sunday, November 22, 2020. sukihugh.com.au.
This exhibition by Nancy Frost opens on Saturday, October 17 at Nancy Sever Gallery in Gorman Arts Centre and closes on November 8. The artist will be present on the opening day between noon and 5pm. nancysevergallery.com.au.
Blaze Fourteen is the first show at Canberra Contemporary Art Space's new home on Lake Burley Griffin. Curated by Alexander Boynes and Dan Toua, the exhibition features emerging contemporary artists Romany Fairall, Belle Palmer, Harijs Piekalns and Rachel Theodorakis. It's on at 44 Queen Elizabeth Terrace, Parkes, until November 1. ccas.com.au.
Facets by Manuel Pfeiffer and Eva van Gorsel captures images of Australia after the artists' extensive travels. David Hempenstall's I've Had Nightmares That Make More Sense Than This brings together a longstanding rephotographic interest with steps into the sculptural form. Make It Darker by Jodi Woodward is a large-scale installation made of hundreds of blackened wooden tiles. Finally, there is Chutespace Viral series. #4, an Artistic response to the Covid 19 Pandemic by Jenny Cox, Rebecca Hodgkin, Stephen Hodgkin and Michael Hodgkin. All run until November 1. m16artspace.com.au.
CSO chamber concert
The Canberra Symphony Orchestra presents Alan Vivian in Recital, featuring principal clarinet Vivian with pianist Susanne Powell performing works by, among others, Schumann, Poulence and Debussy. Ainslie Arts Centre's Main Hall, October 27 and 28 at 7.30pm. cso.org.au.
Chris Sebastian, the winner of the ninth season of The Voice in 2020, will be performing at The Street Theatre on Friday, October 23 at 8pm. Bookings: thestreet.org.au.