230 Young Street, Fitzroy
1 - 5pm Fri & Sat
Sutton Gallery's converted warehouse has an exciting series of experimental art projects scheduled throughout the year. An alternative to the conventional gallery space, the venue offers new possibilities for artists seeking to extend their exhibiting language and potential.
Invited artists are given space to try out new ideas and approaches that will supplement and stretch their practice. Unrestricted by the formalities of a commercial show, these artists are freed to play with more temporal forms of representation, such as performance, multimedia and site specific installations.
Artists may choose to use the project as an opportunity to broaden their horizons through collaboration with other artists or by taking on the role of curator. The space also provides a platform for artists wishing to reflect on the processes and outcomes of external projects that viewers would not ordinarily have access to, such as residencies and public commissions.
Projects will change over every 4-5 weeks during 2013.
07 March 2013 - 06 April 2013
Dirt Season Lookbook
Sutton Gallery is pleased to present Dirt Season Lookbook, an exhibition of new work by Alex Vivian that furthers his investigation into the sculptural and metamorphic possibilities of domestic objects and urban street wear. Working with everyday items sourced from discount and second-hand outlets, Vivian performs transgressive acts of transmutation upon his chosen materials to produce curiously perverse forms. For Dirt Season Lookbook, his abject alterations are applied to hats, bowls, vessels and soft toys. Bleached, distressed with dirt, run over by the wheel of a car, ingrained with sweat stains or put trough the wash with tissue, Vivian's many modifications degrade his objects' common function to the point of putrefaction.
With an understanding of small-scale sculpture and informed by an ongoing engagement with installation, Vivian explores a wide range of ideas relating to masculinity, fashion, design and youth cultures, as well as the interplay between function and failure. His sculpturally poetic works seamlessly mix high and low cultural references, staging minor insurrections between cultural signifiers, form and context. The human body remains a constant reference point throughout his practice, often inferred via bodily traces, imprints and gestures.