The 62nd Perth Festival’s diverse program offers a world-class cultural feast for arts lovers of all ages and persuasions. In a quintessentially Western Australian experience, more than 1000 of the world’s most exciting contemporary artists transform and disrupt Perth as the Festival spills across unique venues and glorious, outdoor spaces. ‘Perth International Arts Festival’ is the longest-running annual multi-arts celebration in the Southern Hemisphere and the jewel in the crown of Western Australia’s cultural life. Living up to its worldwide reputation for excellence, in 2014 the festival delivers a program of unforgettable, enriching works, created by artists who are daring, thoughtful, and innovative, with 26 Australian exclusives, 33 Australian premieres and two world premieres.
Social empathy and provocation each coincide in the projects in the ‘2014 Visual Arts Program’. Works that are subtle and suggestive in their impact are offset with those that are boldly literal, representing the dynamics of some of the most acclaimed artists working today. These artists adopt multiple strategies to construct illusion or propose narrative, including the use of ironic scale from the miniature to the massive, and the resounding use of immersive environments that meld media and invite viewer interaction as much as observation. While investigations into history make for some penetrating insights today, they are not always without a sense of wit and fun.
The ‘Visual Arts Program’ comprises a broad ranging display of feature exhibition across a multitude of galleries and exhibition spaces and present a stellar cast of artists including, to name a few, William Kentridge, Turner Prize-winner Jeremy Deller, collaborative due Paramodel, Ryota Kuwakubo, Richard Bell and Anne Ferran. A full program of venues and exhibition details are available on the festival website.
Paramodel, Paramodelic – Graffiti, 2012, Tokyo Station Gallery (Japan)
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