FRONT GALLERY: "Used Car (part) from Afghanistan"
by Van Rudd
Afghanistan is still being burnt, divided, and thrown on the scrap heap of a large pile of U.S-led, imperial plundering. Rudd uses a “used car part” as a symbol of this catastrophe and displays it upon a plinth in Off the Kerb's front gallery.
Van Thanh Rudd was born in Nambour, Queensland and is currently working as a visual artist in Melbourne's west. Since 1994 he has been exhibiting his work in galleries and later, on the city streets of Australia's main cities.
In 2004 he created The Carriers Project where he carries on foot his large paintings through busy city streets and shopping malls. He toured this project nationally in 2007. In 2009 he was co-founder of the collectives A-17P (Artists of the 17th Parallel) and The CEOs (Collective Engagement Operatives). Some of his latest exhibitions are called Eternal Residencies, curated by deceased victims of 20th and 21st century imperial aggression. They are eternal interventions into institutions such as the Guggenheim Museum and The White House.
Van’s art is influenced, inspired and directed towards movements of social justice around the globe. His major aim is to expose his often controversial art to as many people as possible in order to inspire discussion and debate about art's role in today's environmental, political and economic crises.
BACK GALLERY: "Life is Beautiful"
by Andrew Gordon
Life is Beautiful is a series of new paintings by southern Victorian artist Andrew Gordon. A body of mixed media pieces from 2009 that focus on the dreams and terrors of himself and others. Overheard train conversations, A Current Affair reporting, and pop culture references make up the subject matter for Gordon’s debut solo exhibition.
UPSTAIRS GALLERY: "The Couch"
by Gus Kollar
A couch is an object designed for comfort. It serves a physical and practical purpose. With this in mind, it makes sense that a couch would be designed to fulfill these criteria. Functionality would dictate that there would be an optimal design, that all couches would adhere to this design concept. The reality is far from it. Couches come in all shapes, sizes, colours, textures and ironically levels of comfort. So much so that form overtakes function and creates a couch that may have high visual appeal and low comfort levels. Design will always contain the human element, which means the couch becomes a bridge between the designer and the audience (buyer). This connection found within the design of objects could be expressed as the externalization of identity and ego of the audience (buyer) resonating with the designer.