BYO Culture Guide

Lift yourself out of a summer haze with this week’s guide to Sydney’s art and culture.

This week we’re back with a bumper Culture Guide, two new exhibitions and two talks across Sydney. With topics ranging from Blacktown to Bondi via the Boomalli Co-operative, no part of the city is left out of the gaze of this week’s selection of artists.

Nerine Martini – Precarious

While working across the fields of drawing, installation and sculpture, Nerine Martini’s solo exhibition Precarious at M Contemporary in Woollahra presents Social Scaffold which combines these elements with Martini’s interest in socially engaged art. After a series of workshops at Blacktown Arts Centre, Martini drew on the significance of keys to the participants and subsequently cast the keys and transformed them into a symbolic object employed within the larger artwork.

Opening at 6pm on January 18, exhibition runs from January 19 to 31.

Christiane Spangsberg – Wild Horses

Danish artist Christiane Spangsberg returns to Jerico Contemporary for her second solo show, this time examining the gestural line. Used to create space, define boundaries and connect between shapes, Spangsberg broadens our understanding of what this dimension can offer us. While human and equestrian figures appear in Spangsberg’s work, their contortions and twisted forms challenge straightforward associations.

Opening at 6pm on January 18, exhibitions runs until February 3.

The Boomalli Ten: In Conversation

To celebrate thirty years of existence Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Co-operative has been looking back at some of the founding figures of contemporary Aboriginal art. In this talk on Saturday January 20 curator Djon Mundine will share his curatorial vision for the exhibition of the founding ten artists of the Boomalli Co-operative as well as share some of the incredible stories that the artists have experienced. Entry is free but registration is recommended.

Rex Dupain - Sunscreen Celebrities

Fittingly located in the Bondi Pavilion Gallery, next to where many of us have lizard-like spent a day under the sun, this exhibition by world-renowned photographer Rex Dupain has trained his lens on the sandy denizens of beaches from Bondi to Barcelona. In an environment where almost everything is exposed, both our physical and emotional bodies are on show and Dupain captures these vulnerabilities. Join the artist and director of the Australian Centre for Photography Cherie McNair on January 20 from 11am to midday for a  discussion of the stories behind the images.