Melbourne Now is an exhaustive expose of the art emanating from Australia's traditional culture hub, an up to the minute multi-media blitzkrieg including some 175 local artists across two of the National Gallery Of Victoria's locations. In an attempt to encapsulate the identity of a city as culturally diverse as Melbourne, the NGV has collected a sprawling array of works from known and lesser known contemporary artists, with an exhibition that's at once rich, innovative, energetic, curious and unique as the city itself.
Highlights include Darren Sylvester's flattering coloured dancefloor, Perks & Mini's strobe-lit slow mo tribalism, Jon Campbell's appropriated teatowels, Mark Hilton's detailed, personal sculpture, Daniel Crooks' hypnotising laneway study, Stieg Persson's surrealist graffiti and the entire floor of contemporary indigenous art in the International building, but really, even lazy gallery goers will find something to lose themselves in.
For those who find themselves in Melbourne before March 23, take a day and dive in.
Darren Sylvester, For you, 2013
Perks and Mini / PAM, Black gold, 2013
Jon Campbell, DUNNO (T. Towels), 2012
Mark Hilton, dontworry, 2013
Daniel Crooks, An embroidery of voids, 2013
Stieg Persson, Philosophy of individualism with goji berries, 2012-13
Lorraine Connelly-Northey, Possum-skin cloak: Blackfella road, 2011-13
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