The Yarts: Exhibitions this Week

by The Editor

A couple of entertaining and enlightening events occur tomorrow evening (8 November 2012) on opposite sides of town. Canberra painter, drawer and sculptor Steve Roper officially opens his exhibition at The Front Gallery in Lyneham, while on the Southside serious types dressed in monochrome will launch the 2012 Awards for the Australian Institute of Architects.

Steve’s works are instantly engaging, leaping off the wall like some kind of crazed, psychedelic Leunigs.  Mr Roper states a love of the great tonal artists which is fair enough.  However, when he turns his mind to the economy, there can be little doubt he is playing with us in the following:

“One
 of 
the 
reasons 
I 
have 
pursued 
a
 cartoon‐like 
style
 is
 the
 energy
 efficiency 
and
 materials
 saving 
inherent 
in
 cartooning.  For
 example
 the
 average 
cartoon 
hand
 has
 three
 fingers,
 not
 four.”

Nice.

Steve will be at the Front Gallery between 6.00 and 8.00pm this evening to officially open the exhibition That’s You in the Corner which has been running for a week already.  It’s all very post-modern, really.

Steve Roper – Busker, King St

On a MUCH more serious note is the launch of the National Architecture Awards Exhibition at the Gallert of Australian Design at Commonwealth Place on the foreshore of Lake Burley Griffin (are you keeping up with all this?), sponsored by the Australian Institute of Architects.

The Institute will be showcasing these shortlisted projects at a special exhibition at the Gallery of Australian Design in Canberra from Thursday 8th November until Saturday 1st December.  Architects will be exhibiting their projects in a way they have never been seen before – including creative installations, sculptures, finely crafted models, sketches, animations, videos and more.

Those with a penchant for mathematics in a 3D form and free booze should get along to discuss buttresses and counterpoints, while those with a real understanding of architecture will recognise we made up most of this sentence.

All this and more is happening in the Nation’s Capital.  Who cares if Charlie and Camilla are snobbing us this time around?  There’s plenty for us to do without an old Rolls Royce backing up traffic at various roundabouts!

Get out amongst it, peeps!

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