Art after dark - Art Collector

© Patrick Pound Animal Contact, 2015. Pigment print, 48 x 78.5cm. Image courtesy of the artist and Stills Gallery, Sydney.

By Camilla Wagstaff

Nite Art returns to Melbourne in July with over 25 commercial galleries, artist run spaces and public institutions opening their doors after dark for a nocturnal celebration of the city’s art scene. Event-goers are encouraged to curate their own adventure, exploring Melbourne’s art precincts set to come alive via exhibitions, installations, artist talks and performances. Deborah Stahle, founder of Nite Art, hopes the event "connects people to the creativity, experimentation and ideas that make up our city, much of which is undiscovered.”

Karen Woodbury Gallery will exhibit work by Philip Wolfhagen on the night. Director Karen Woodbury looks forward to the event: “Participating in Nite Art is a great way for us to support and connect with the cultural heart of Melbourne city,” she says. At Flinders Lane Gallery down the road, a group show featuring works by sculptor Jon Eiseman, Melbourne painter Josh Robbins and American-born artist Melinda Schawel is planned. “We love being involved and interacting with visitors – some who may not usually come to galleries – as they chat with artists and enjoy a new way of experiencing art,” says Flinders Lane Gallery director Claire Harris. Murray White Room will also open its doors for the evening with a solo exhibition by Eliza Hutchinson.

Other highlights include a responsive intervention by Patrick Pound at the Grainger Museum, where the artist will rethink the ways the renowned musician Percy Grainger is portrayed through the museum’s collection; a sound performance by artists Martina Copley and Alice Hui-Sheng Chang at the Melbourne School of Design; and Light speculation, a project at Carlton Connect that explores light and comes complete with an interactive light-based game for audiences to play.

New work by Julie Rrap,
Remaking the World, exhibits at the Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne. The immersive installation examines the notion of the artist as genius and encourages contemplative reflection on dreams, the imagination and creativity. The two spaces in which the exhibition unfolds represent the two spheres of the brain. One gallery, Remaking the World: artists’ dreaming is transformed into an asleep world, while the second, Remaking the World: in her image, becomes the awake world.

Nite Art is staged around Melbourne on 23 July 2015

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