BYO Culture Guide May 28 - June 3

This week’s culture guide offers a selection of the broad swathe of contemporary art. From practice-based spiritual work to high-modern abstraction, these exhibitions together provide an insight into the diversity of current artistic practice.

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Sh-Ken-Ta – Yuhana Nashmi

As part of the public programming accompanying the 65th Blake Prize, artist Yuhana Nashmi will construct a shkenta. Built of locally sourced mud, bamboo and hair from Liverpool hairdressers, Nashmi engages with the ancient religion and practices of Mandaeism and his own Mandean heritage. The resulting structure will be one of four remaining shkenta worldwide.
May 24 – June 1, 10am – 4pm
Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre
31 Sheperd St

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We Are Here Now

Running for only a week, this exhibition at Redfern’s 107 Projects is the work of community housing artists. The artworks on display are a powerful assertion of the place of these individuals within a rapidly gentrifying city. Staking a claim to the increasingly stratified inner-city, this show forms part of National Reconciliation Week and reinforces the often ignored lives of its participants.

Opening May 30, 6 – 8pm
107 Projects
107 Redfern St
Tues – Sun, 11am – 5pm

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Urbanism – Jeremy Alaban

Taking the essential fragmented nature of urban living as a starting point, Alaban’s abstract canvasses meditate on disjunctures and disunities in the built environment. Just as construction can often be a disrupting force, Alaban’s paintings reveal the processes of their own fabrication with the stitching of the canvas affecting the texture of the image.

Opening May 31, 6 – 8pm
Disorder Gallery
Door 108, Bourke and Stanley St
Thurs, 4 – 7pm, Fri – Sat, 11am – 5pm

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A Shadow on the Glass – Maximilian Daniels

In this new collection of work by emerging Sydney artist Maximilian Daniels, abstraction and process are drawn together in reference to colour and technique. Inspired by the way that natural light and reflections on glass can create their own natural form, Daniels has sought to reflect this occurrence in his own layered images. Reminding us how abstract art often has its roots in observation, Daniels’ work continues his inspection into abstraction as a contemporary technique.

Opening May 31, 6 – 8pm
76 Paddington St
Tues – Sat, 10am – 5pm