BYO Culture Guide April 30 – May 6

Stretching the boundaries of art has often provoked the most intriguing insights into the nature of art and cultural practice. All of the exhibitions this week in their own ways asks us to reconsider the limits and borders that we place on art. From data and visualisation to material and natural, these shows reframe our understandings of visual art.


Clanger – Baden Pailthorpe

AFL is the most data rich sport in the world, producing more statistics than any other athletic pursuit on the globe. Using this mass of data, artist Baden Pailthorpe has developed an exhibition that takes AFL off the field and into the virtual world. In an immersive environment, Pailthorpe will recreate the intensity of the players and the crowd transforming pure data into information.

Opening May 1, 6 – 8 pm
UTS Gallery
Level 4, 702 Harris St
Mon – Fri, 12 – 6 pm
Sat, 12 - 4 pm


Works on Paper – Collectief

This group exhibition combines the work of Nikolaus Dolman, Andrea Jane, Jameen Zalfen and Gemma King who form Collectief. Their inaugural exhibition bridges topics of material culture, the natural world, warped standards of Instagram beauty, and narrative art. While these practices may seem distinct all artists concern themselves with temporality and the limited place of art in the progress of time.

Opening May 1, 6 – 9 pm
DuckRabbit Gallery
138 Little Eveleigh St
Wed – Sun, 10 am – 5 pm


Pipe Dream – Belem Lett

Combining influences from South America and European decorative traditions, painter Belem Lett unsettles our sense of time and place. Rather than focusing on precision and finesse, Lett inspects the inconsistencies and fallibility of art, an outcome of its essential character as a handmade craft.

Opening May 2, 6 – 8 pm
Wellington St Projects
19-23 Wellington St,
Fri – Sun, 11 am – 5 pm


SYD / VLC Exchange

Crossing between photomedia and painting, this group exhibition combines artists working in paint but who are engaging with the idea of the painting as an object in space. Artists include Oliver Lardner, Maria Mandingorra and Emily Isabel Taylor all of whose work extends painting, either through digital production, extending its margins or collage.

Opening May 4, 6 – 9 pm
Down / Under Space
107 – 109 Regent St,
Tues – Thurs, 5pm – 12 am
Fri – Sat, 5 pm – 2 am