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Upcoming Exhibition Opening at Obscura Gallery

BY Obscura Gallery | 15-Mar-2013
Nerissa Mary Johns, Meg Cowell & Angelo Kehagias will be opening their solo exhibitions at Obscura Gallery on Thursday 11th April from 6.30- 8.30pm
 with a special performance by musician Dan Webb
Venue: Obscura Gallery
Address: First Floor 285 Carlisle st, St. Kilda East
Date: 11/4/2013
Time: 6.30 - 8.30pm
Web: http://www.obscuragallery.com/gallery/exhibitions/future-exhibitions/

Nerissa Mary Johns – beginning becoming belonging Nerissa Mary Johns is a young artist currently based in Melbourne. She works predominantly in painting and drawing, and makes hand-bound artist books. A recent Fine Arts graduate from COFA in Sydney, she has exhibited in various group exhibitions in galleries around Sydney. Nerissa’s drawings recall the style of 17th-18th century zoological and anatomical studies. Her work is inspired by language, classical European art, animals, folklore and ritual, superstition, hoaxes, the body and medical oddities. Through these themes Nerissa profoundly explores the notion of the ‘other’, and humanity’s concurrent fascination and fear of difference and of our own primal nature. The works in ‘Beginning Becoming Belonging’ are analogous with the perpetual cycles of life, death and renewal in nature.

Meg Cowell – to the surface Meg Cowell graduated with honours in photography from the University of Tasmania and has since gone on to exhibit nationally and abroad. Through a combination of costume-puppetry and studio-based photography Meg’s work evokes a rich display of sensual narrative and magical transformation. Recently, her work was selected for the 2013 Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award, which will be exhibited at the Gold Coast City Art Gallery in Queensland. ‘To the Surface’ focuses on the transformation of discarded feminine garments submerged in a pool of water. Meg’s remarkable photographs create the illusion that her garments are inhabited not only by an absent wearer, but also by a complex set of moods and emotions. Through her careful arrangements, Meg seeks to bring these garments to life.

Angelo Kehagias – other worlds Angelo Kehagias is an Australian portrait and artwork photographer, best known for his work in the music industry. He has completed campaigns for prominent record labels and has covered a variety of renowned music and fashion festivals around the globe. Angelo’s work features celebrated Australian and International artists, including Washington, Lisa Mitchell, Presets, Passenger and Julia Stone. Departing from the traditional headshot style, Angelo seeks to create narratives within his photography. He employs costumes and props in order to reveal another dimension to the identity of the subject. His work is a purposeful illustration of the mood and style created by the artist’s music.

‘Other Worlds’ is an extraordinary collection of music portraits, which reflect the distinctive styles in the current Australian music scene. OBSCURA GALLERY First Floor 285 Carlisle st, St. Kilda East 03 9525 9377 info@obscuragallery.com www.obscuragallery.com