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5 October 2013

PHOTOGRAPHY: SYDNEY

The Beautiful Game

Award-winning New York-based photographer Simon Harsent expresses his love for football in his latest solo exhibition entitled The Beautiful Game. Housed in Sydney’s Black Eye Gallery, Harsent’s images portray skillful players and keen crowds, and provide a ghostly glimpse into past games and empty football fields. The Beautiful Game not only captures passion on the pitch, but the vision of a photographer looking for artistry within the drama.

Black Eye Gallery, 3/138 Darlinghurst Road, Darlinghurst. Open Tuesday to Sunday, 10.00-18.00. Until 27 October.
blackeyegallery.com.au

ART: LONDON

Diango Hernández

The Marlborough Contemporary gallery near Piccadilly Circus features the works of Diango Hernández this weekend. The Cuban-born artist explores his home country’s tumultuous cultural and political environment through prints, sculpture and installations that utilise his skills honed through learning industrial design – expect a lot of graphite, aluminium and blocky forms masking subtler themes. Hernández’s work has been included in group shows around the world including at MoMA in New York and the Hayward Gallery in London but the current exhibit is his first solo outing in the UK.

Marlborough Contemporary, 6 Albemarle Street. Open Monday to Friday, 10.00-17.30; Saturday, 10.00-16.00. Until 26 October.
marlboroughcontemporary.com

PHOTO FESTIVAL: VANCOUVER

Capture Photography Festival

Having opened earlier this week, Capture Photography Festival is Vancouver’s first annual photography festival dedicated to celebrating both local and international work. The festival runs for six weeks and features 50 exhibitions at selected museums, galleries and art centres across the city. We recommend The Photo Show: 1969/2013 – Exploring the Photo Conceptual Archive, featuring images by masters of photoconceptualism such as Iain Baxter&, Christos Dikeakos and Robert Smithson, among others, at the University of British Columbia’s newly opened AHVA Gallery.

At locations across Vancouver, see website for details. Until 15 November.
capturephotofest.com

ART: LONDON

Leonardo Ulian: Sacred Space

London’s Beers Contemporary gallery (formerly Beers.Lambert) in London is hosting a six-week-long exhibition dedicated to the works of Italian-born artist Leonardo Ulian. Entitled Sacred Space, it features a series of Hindu and Buddhist mandalas (spiritual symbols) made entirely from computer and radio parts by the Ulian, a former technician. The show explores the relationship between religion and technology without compromising on the beauty found within both.

Beers Contemporary, 1 Baldwin Street. Open Tuesday to Saturday, 11.00-18.00. Closed Sunday and Monday. Until 9 November.
beerscontemporary.com

MUSIC: GLOBAL

The Field: Cupid’s Head

Swedish musician and producer Axel Willner aka The Field is known for creating music that flits between minimal techno, hazy electronica and repetitive soundscapes, to build songs that mutate and change as you listen. New album Cupid’s Head sees the Berlin resident move into more moody, percussive territory to create a record that still dips in and out of surging sonic highs among the continuous pulsing noise. It might not be for everybody, but The Field records seem to be about immersing the listener and letting them take what they want. And most people want in.

Cupid’s Head is available to buy now.
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