Brown Council is collaboration between Sydney-based artists Frances Barrett, Kate Blackmore, Kelly Doley and Diana Smith. Spanning gallery and stage, and blurring distinctions between high and popular culture, Brown Council’s work draws on the legacies of visual and performance art, street theatre, amateur magic, vaudeville, and stand-up comedy. For Primavera 2011, they present two new video works that use simple DIY costumes and sets to contemplate issues of authenticity and liveness in a performance context.
The primal urge to draw is central to Hobart-based artist Tom O’Hern, whose work incorporates street art, zines, murals, pencil and ink drawing, painting, and installation. Tom works mostly in black-and-white, creating fantastical worlds inhabited by loners and misfits, hairy skeletons, monsters and wild-eyed beasts.
Rebecca Baumann’s mesmerising works create relationships between colour, sound and movement to evoke shifting intensities of emotion Spanning a range of media including kinetic sculpture, photography, performance and installation, her practice is a celebration of the transient moment. The psychology of happiness and the pursuit of this elusive emotional state are central explorations in her work.