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9 May 2014

ART: NEW YORK

Beyond the Supersquare

Just recently opened at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, Beyond the Supersquare features more than 60 artworks from over 30 artists interpreting Modernist architectural projects in Latin America and the Caribbean from the 1920s through to the 1960s. The exhibition features photography, video, sculpture, installations and drawings from artists such as Alessandro Balteo Yazbeck from Venezuela, Mauro Restiffe of Brazil and Colombian artist Felipe Arturo. The multifaceted exhibition, running until January 2015, is a layered exploration of the influence of architecture on contemporary art.

The Bronx Museum of the Arts, 1040 Grand Concourse, Bronx. Open Thursday and Saturday 11.00-20.00; Friday 11.00-23.00; Sunday 11.00-18.00. Until 11 January 2015.
bronxmuseum.org

ART: LONDON

Reticulated Time

London’s Kashya Hildebrand gallery is presenting 15 works by Osaka-based mixed-media artist Nobuhiro Nakanishi in Reticulated Time. His sculptures, mirror engravings, pencil drawings and a film print suspend moments in the natural world such as sunrise, a forest and passing clouds in experimental renditions. “Stripe Drawing Mirror – Tactile Forest” sees Nakanishi mimicking the effect of an inverse film negative to change the traditional perception of woodland. These ephemeral landscapes captured in unusual mediums create a welcome respite from the humdrummery of the office, the city, or perhaps simply reality.

Kashya Hildebrand, 22 Eastcastle Street London. Open Monday to Friday, 11.00-18.00; Saturday 12.00-18.00. Until 14 June.
kashyahildebrand.org

BIENNIAL: QUÉBEC CITY

Manif d’art 7 – La Biennale de Québec

“Resistance – And Then, We Built New Forms” is the theme of the seventh edition of Québec City Biennial, featuring works from 120 Canadian and global artists across 17 venues in Québec City. The nerve centre of the festivities is Espace 400e Bell in the city’s Old Port area. Among the creatives featured is Parisian art collective Claire Fontaine, which is showing three pieces including “STRIKE (K. font V.I.)”. The work is an installation made from white and blue neon bulbs spelling “STRIKE”, which remains lit only when everything around it stands still. Any movement turns the lights off – giving viewers pause to reflect on the art but also their own actions.

Across Québec City, see website for details. Until 1 June.
manifdart.org

INSTALLATION: MELBOURNE

Taree Mackenzie: Line Shadows

As part of a studio residence at Gertrude Contemporary, emerging Australian video artist Taree Mackenzie has created a new installation work currently on show in the gallery’s Studio 12 project space. For Line Shadows, Mackenzie uses tricks of the light and framing techniques to create simple but unexpected onscreen effects. Mackenzie builds works that challenge us to reconsider everyday beliefs about colour, light and the spaces that we sometimes take for granted.

Gertrude Contemporary, 200 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy. Open Tuesday to Friday, 11.00-17.30; Saturday 11.00-16.30. Until 31 May.
gertrude.org.au

MUSIC: GLOBAL

Tiny Ruins: Brightly Painted One

New Zealander Hollie Fullbrook, aka Tiny Ruins from Auckland, makes the kind of “nice”, finger-picking folk that a lot of people make these days – call it a reaction to the complications of technology, or perhaps just a reaction to the other hushed finger-pickers out there. But that current glut of not-quite-gloom means it’s equally obvious when a talent so naturally a step up above the rest emerges, and Fullbrook appears to be that. The songs on Brightly Painted One are simple and haunting in a Joni-meets-Denny way, and yet also contain enough wearied self-aware humour to steer things reassuringly off-course from Mumford-waistcoated faux-bumpkin-style platitudes, which is nice.

‘Brightly Painted One’ is available to buy now.
tinyruins.com

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