Eleven artists explore ideas implicit with good and evil, performance and identity while referencing dance, puppetry and the spoken word.
Odile takes its inspiration from the black swan in Tchaikovsky’s classic tale Swan Lake. The sinister and seductive black swan Odile is contrasted with the innocent white swan Odette.
The exhibition features leading contemporary artists Zoe Croggon, Anne Ferran, Juan Ford, Tarryn Gill, Jenny Holzer, Kyoko Imazu, Hung Lin, Polixeni Papapetrou, Kate Rohde, Vanessa White, Gosia Wlodarczak. The exhibition is best experienced as a self guided walking tour.
For more information about the artists, the self guided walking tour and associated events see below.
Gallery hours: Tuesday to Friday, 10am to 4pm
Gallery hours: Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm
Gallery hours: 24 hrs, 7 days per week
Gallery hours: Tuesday to Friday, 11am to 5pm and Saturday, 11am to 3pm
About the Artists
Since 2002 POLIXENI PAPAPETROU has been exploring concepts of childhood. Creating fantastical worlds that feature her children, transformed with masks and costumes and set against both real and imagined backdrops, the characters in her images inhabit other times and places. Papapetrou's work will be on show at Walker Street Gallery and Arts Centre.
VANESSA WHITE is an Australian visual artist and interdisciplinary artist. Her work crosses over multiple art disciplines including painting, animation, video and performance. See White’s work at Walker Street Gallery and Arts Centre.
ANNE FERRAN has been exhibiting since the 1980s. Her landmark series Scenes on the Death of Nature, in 1987, established her as one of Australia’s leading photographic artists. Intellectually and emotionally engaging, her photographs play with invisibility and anonymity, and are often haunted by things unseen. Catch Ferran’s work at Walker Street Gallery and Arts Centre.
Melbourne-based artist ZOË CROGGON works with sculpture, video, drawing and primarily, collage. Her practice considers the relationship between the body and its surroundings, contemplating the role we play in our environment and how deeply our surroundings inform the cadence of our lives. Croggon’s work will be showcased at Walker Street Gallery and Arts Centre.
KYOKO IMAZU was born in Japan and has been living in Melbourne, Australia since 2002. Kyoko’s art comprises works on paper including prints, artist books, ceramics, puppetry. Imazu’s work will be on exhibition at Heritage Hill Museum and Historic Gardens and the Garnar Lane Light Boxes.
Local artist HUNG LIN particularly focuses his art on the everyday lives of the people surrounding him, examining the complex interweaving of both the mundane and surreal aspects of life. See Lin’s work at Heritage Hill Museum and Historic Gardens.
JENNY HOLZER is an American neoconceptual artist, based in New York. The main focus of her work is the delivery of words and ideas in public spaces. Holzer belongs to the feminist branch of a generation of artists that emerged around 1980. Her contemporaries include Barbara Kruger and Cindy Sherman. Holzer has work at the Walker Street Gallery and Arts Centre.
Odile is presented as part of [SUB]URBAN STUDIO, a two year creative arts project funded by the City of Greater Dandenong and Creative Victoria as part of the Creative Suburbs program.Image credits: Top banner and page background: Detail from Tarryn Gill, Guardian Sisters, 2017, Mixed media, 44 x 37 x 29, Courtesy the artist and Sophie Gannon Gallery, Melbourne. Top to Bottom: Detail from Juan Ford, The Annihilator, Oil on linen, 3 x 1.5 m, Private Collection Melbourne. Details from video still by Vanessa White, 23 Degrees West, Courtesy of the artist. Detail from Juan Ford, The Annihilator, Oil on linen, 3 x 1.5 m, Private Collection Melbourne.