On the town
Opening this week at the Incinerator Gallery in Moonee Ponds is Wunderkammer by Rod McRae. Yes it's taxidermy, yes it comments on the current standing of the world's fauna, yes it is totally cool and you should see it. The incinerator is a great space and as it was design by the Burley Griffins it has pull for the architecture fans. Open 11 April -25 May.
Mr Kitly does it again with Pukulpa Pots. A series of ceramics and works on paper by the encredibly talented Anangu women of the Iwantja Arts group in Alice springs. This collaboration with the brilliant ceramicist Kim Jaeger (she of 'potheads' fame) is sure to be on many peoples top 10 shows of the years list. Won't tell you much as we are yet to see it and we know we are going to write a review because our tiny minds are already blown.
RMIT Gallery is showing work by School of Art Honours students who are in the running for travel scholarships. Go see what the best and the brightest are up to. This level of 'student' work is always interesting and boundary pushing. A bit like grad shows on steroids. It's also important to rediscover university galleries as they often have shows that come and go without much fanfare but have the most dynamic work (how great is the above piece by Ruby Aitchison we think she's one to watch.)
The awe inspiring craft hero Polly Borland has a new show at the Centre for Contemporary Photography. This work has come out of a Museum Victoria residency and is inspired by their psychiatric services collection - enough said. Borland has long been an inspiration and this new work is scary, exciting, and well worth a trip to Fitzroy. So that's what we are checking out this week. Reviews to come! RAMONA