POLISHED TURDS
LEO COYTE VS. RAMESH MARIO NITHIYENDRAN

15-19 OCTOBER

Opening night Wednesday 15 Oct 6-8PM

In ‘Polished Turds’, Leo Coyte and Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran have joined forces to produce a series of mixed media works on paper involving painting, drawing and collage. The phallic (dick-like) and foecal (turd-like) forms recurring in each artist’s practice was the starting point for the collaborative process. This process involved a series of exchanges.

Each artist worked on a layer and handed it to the other to be elaborated, defaced or erased. This continued a number of times until the works were considered complete. While this method revealed tensions between hetero/homo in addition to white/non-white, for the artists, producing the work (sometimes) felt like polishing turds.

Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran was born in Colombo, Sri Lanka. He has a BA (UNSW) and BFA (Hons. Class 1) and a Master of Fine Arts (research) from the College of Fine Arts. He has exhibited at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Firstdraft, Gallery 9 and Galleries UNSW. In 2014, he has an upcoming group exhibitions at Artspace and UTS Gallery as well as a solo presentation at Canberra ContemporaryArt Space. Nithiyendran is represented by Gallery 9, Sydney (http://www.gallery9.com.au/).

Leo Coyte is a Sydney based painter, recent solo exhibitions include; Pizzeria at Galerie pompom (2013), Exhaust, db project, Sydney, (2011), Guardians of the Threshold, GRANTPIRRIE Gallery, Sydney, (2011), Web Kicker, MOP Projects, Sydney, (2008) and Slo Blo, Firstdraft, Sydney, (2008). Coyte was a recent finalist of the Sulman prize, AGNSW (2014), and a previous finalist of the Churchie Emerging Art Prize (2013). His work is held in numerous public and private collections including Artbank. Leo Coyte is represented by Galerie pompom, Sydney (http://www.galeriepompom.com/).

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PHILJAMES
BOOK LAUNCH @ ALASKA
6-8pm Friday 24 October

Holy monographs, Batman, it's finally here! Join us for the launch of Sarsaparilla Press' inaugural publication: Philjames.

Designed by Arnel Rodriguez, the book features key works from Philjames's prolific practice over the last five years, with contextual essays by John McDonald and Andrew Frost. This publication has been made possible by the generous donors to our Pozible campaign and Creative Partnerships Australia's MATCH Program.

If you're one of those generous donors who bought a book, you can pick it up on the night and if you haven't ordered your copy yet, please join us on the night for a beer and snap up a copy before it sells out.

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ALASKA X FREE FALL @ THE OXFORD ART FACTORY
DON'T SAY YOU MISS ME ON A MONDAY...
CURATED BY BRIDIE CONNELL

PART ONE: OCTOBER - NOVEMBER 2014

From an underground carpark in the red light district to a basement-style live music venue on Sydney’s most infamous nightclub strip, Season 3 of Free Fall unites two of Sydney’s most successful, yet unexpected artist run spaces – ALASKA Projects, Kings Cross, and The Cube Space in Oxford Art Factory, Oxford Street.

Curated by ALASKA artist and performer Bridie Connell, this season embraces the inner city for all its grime and glory, not only as a place with a rich history of underground performance, but also as a place where people flock on the weekend in search of an escape from the 9-5 grind.

Intoxication, infatuation, lock-outs, love-ins, romance, heartbreak, sirens, silence. Friday. Saturday. Sunday. Sleep. Don’t say you miss me on a Monday.

PART ONE: All performances are FREE and take place on Friday and Saturday nights between 10:30pm and 12am.

COMING UP:
24-25 October - Biljana Jancic
31 October - 1 November - Alex Munt
7-8 November - Betty Grumble

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Free Fall is an artist run initiative conceived by artist John A Douglas presenting experimental contemporary live performance and installation to a broader audience, reaching beyond the confines of the gallery white cube. Since 2011 the Free Fall programs have seen over 70 artists perform in the glass cube at The Oxford Art Factory working in a range of interdisciplinary practices from emerging to mid career.

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