22 May 2021 > 22 August 2021
Tuesday to Sunday, 11AM > 4PM
Vipoo Srivilasa is a Thai-born Melbourne-based artist, curator and arts activist. Srivilasa works predominantly in porcelain but also in an inter-disciplinary manner, creating works on paper, mix media and bronze sculpture, as well as large scale public art. Srivilasa’s playful blend of 19th century European figurines and Asian decorative art practices often explores contemporary cross-cultural and migration experiences.
This exhibition presents the Wellness Deity Project, which Srivilasa undertook in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This collaborative, community-driven project encouraged people to reflect on their experience of the pandemic. The artist invited people to submit a drawing of their Wellness Deity, a being that has a special empowering or protective power. Srivilasa selected 19 of these drawings to provide inspiration for a series of ceramic sculptures. Each deity has its own unique characteristics based on the personal stories submitted. Each work is also accompanied by a piece of commissioned creative writing.
IMAGE > [Top] Vipoo Srivilasa, Wellness Deity, 2021. Image courtesy of the artist and Scott Livesey Galleries.
Photograph: Simon Strong.
IMAGE > Portrait of Vipoo Srivilasa. Photograph: Eve Wilson.
IMAGE > [Below] Vipoo Srivilasa, Wellness Deity, 2021. Image courtesy of the artist and Scott Livesey Galleries. Photograph: Simon Strong.
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IMAGE > Vipoo Srivilasa, Wellness Deity, 2021. Image courtesy of the artist and Scott Livesey Galleries. Photograph: Simon Strong.
For more than twenty years, Srivilasa has exhibited internationally and throughout Australia. He holds a Master of Fine Art and Design from the University of Tasmania. His work is represented in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia, the Art Gallery of South Australia, Queensland Art Gallery and Shepparton Art Museum amongst others. This year he has been awarded the 2021 Ceramic Artist of the Year by Ceramics Monthly and Pottery Making Illustrated, The American Ceramic Society, USA.
Vipoo Srivilasa is represented by Edwina Corlette Gallery, Brisbane; Scott Livesey Galleries, Melbourne; Olsen Gallery, Sydney; Adrian Sassoon, London; and Subhashok Arts Centre in Bangkok.
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts.
The Wellness Deity project is a record of people's emotions during this unprecedented situation.
Vipoo Srivilasa, 2021
Accompanying the Wellness Deity works will be a trio of paintings made by the artist during Melbourne's second lockdown. A further series of sculptures that celebrate the colour blue, which has been an ongoing feature in Srivilasa's practice, will also extend his formal exploration of the deity.
IMAGE > Vipoo Srivilasa, A Good Friend Is Like A Four-Leaf Clover, 2020, Ceramic and high-pigmentation acrylic. Courtesy of the artist and Scott Livesey Galleries. Photograph: Andrew Barcham and the artist.
Behind these fun, colourful and whimsical creations, Vipoo cleverly incorporates cultural, environmental and political topics that have captured his interest. His sculptures are a perfect blend between East and West, and have become his specialty; a style of sculpture that instantly links itself to Vipoo’s wonderful mind and talents.
22 May 2021 > 22 August 2021
Natasha Bieniek is best-known for her miniature oil paintings. Bieniek’s paintings are meticulous in their execution and demand close inspection. They link the ancient tradition of 16th century miniature painting with present-day image culture.
This exhibition brings together a suit of recent works that have not been seen together before, including Bieniek’s stand out painting, Biophilia, which was the winner of the Wynne Prize in 2015.
To Feed your Oracle
22 May 2021 > 14 November 2021
Ruth Höflich is an artist and filmmaker, born in Munich, Germany, and currently based in Melbourne. In an installation of video, photography and site intervention, To Feed Your Oracle will explore how we might understand, or predict, things that we can’t see and how our expectations might affect how we experience the unknown.
Thursday 22 July 2021, 6PM to 7PM, FREE Live on YouTube and Facebook
Join Curator Juliette Hanson for more insight into Thai-born, Melbourne-based artist, curator and arts activist Vipoo Srivilasa’s inter-disciplinary practice.
Thursday 19 August 2021, 6.30PM to 7.30PM. Online Masterclass available now!
Making Aquatic Monsters is a remote learning workshop in which you will learn the basic skills to produce a ceramic object. Purchase this Masterclass to receive access to an online Masterclass video for one month and an exclusive Q&A session with Vipoo Srivilasa on Thursday 19 August 2021, 6.30PM to 7.30PM, via Zoom
Thursday 05 August 2021, 6PM to 7PM, FREE Live on YouTube and Facebook
What are the connections between Analogue and Digital? In this Strange Bedfellows event, we hear from two speakers addressing all things analogue, and digital in the screen world. Prepare to learn some weird and wonderful facts and compete to see if you can come up with the winning question. Prizes will be awarded to those with the best connections.