SafARI 2012

If you’re in Sydney over the next few weeks, don’t miss SafARI – the ‘unofficial’ fringe event to the Biennale of Sydney which showcases the work of some of Australia’s most exciting and innovative emerging artists.

Taking advantage of the national and international focus on the visual arts in Sydney during the Biennale period, SafARI highlights Australia’s younger, unrepresented artists as well as the grass roots aspects of artist run initiatives who are the driving force behind local and emerging contemporary art scene.

The 2012 exhibitions are curated by Danielle Robson and Nina Stromqvist, and present artworks by 16 artists across disciplines of sound, performance, installation, sculpture, painting, photography and new media. The works are shown in unexpected locations around Sydney, including venues made possible through The Rocks Pop Up and BUS Projects.

Bus Projects at Taylor Square

At 13 Cambridge Street, The Rocks, check out Julie Henderson’s site spcific assemblage; Clark Beaumont starring in Australia’s most iconic films; Julia Holden’s painted stop motion animation; Kurt Sorensen’s photographic series; Adele Varcoe’s ‘fashion spectacle’; Daniel McKewen’s complex representation of the anarchic character relationships in the television series, The Wire; and Elizabeth Willing’s tantalising washing machine drum woven with licorice.

At 75 1/2 George Street,The Rocks, Tega Brain works with the hidden systems of urban spaces; Julian Day creates a perpetual and immersive soundscape; Huw Lewis explores the space between dreams and reality; Daniel McKewen gets up close and personal with Katy Perry; Drew Pettifer’s video work is an intimate look at human relationships; Rachel Park create a rapid waterfall installation using jumbo roll toilet paper; and Jodie Whalen’s endurance piece tests her own, and the audiences perceptions of what is to be an artist.

At ALASKA Projects, Chris Bennie’s work is an intimate study into the subtleties of a Brisbane shopping centre underground car park during closing time; Dara Gill creates contemporary interpretations of ‘Instruments of Darkness’; and Drew Pettifer’s series of ‘paste-ups’ throughout the city highlight the history of the gay rights movement.

SafARI 2012 continues until July 15.