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Unreal City

Unreal City

Curated by Sarah Rees

Opening 10.01.18 6-8pm
Artist Talks 25.01.18 6-7pm

'Unreal City'
Curated by Sarah Rees

Anna Kristensen
Bonita Bub
Joshua Petherick
Lewis Fidock
Mitch Cairns
Sanne Mestrom
Tarik Ahlip
Thomas Jeppe

'Unreal City' is an exhibition of painting and sculpture by Australian contemporary artists. The exhibition traces art and architecture back and forth through historical and social associations.

Artisanal traditions are conflated with contemporary modes of practice to create a new vernacular. Classical iconography is juxtaposed with mass-produced, industrial materials. Lyrical imagery and whimsical forms morph into utilitarian objects and vice-versa. The title of the exhibition (after Mario Merz) describes the absurdity of these confounding elements.

'Unreal City' references traditions of Minimalism and Arte Povera in its examination of objects, structures and spacial relationships. In the context of the virtual contemporary, it is an elegy to the material world.


Sarah Rees completed a Masters in Art Curating at the University of Sydney in 2016. She has completed curatorial research internships at the Art Gallery of New South Wales and Kaldor Public Art projects. Sarah has previously worked in the Curatorial and Digital division of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, and has curated multi-disciplinary artistic projects as part of Sydney Festival. Sarah has recently commenced in the role of Graduate Curator at Sydney Opera House. Sarah’s inquiry is currently focussed on curatorial modes for interdisciplinary practice. She also has an interest in architecture and linguistics.

Lewis Fidock is represented by Sarah Scout Presents, Melbourne

Joshua Petherick is represented by STATION, Melbourne; Robert Heald, Wellington; and Croy Nielsen, Vienna

Bonita Bub, Mitch Cairns and Anna Kristensen are included in the exhibition courtesy The Commercial, Sydney

Sanne Mestrom is included in the exhibition courtesy Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney

Tarik Ahlip is included in the exhibition courtesy Alaska Projects, Sydney

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