April 12, 2018 - Campbelltown Arts Centre - Sheer Fantasy
April 12, 2018

Campbelltown Arts Centre

Renny Kodgers, Hello Stranger (still), 2017. Photo: Anador Walsh.

Sheer Fantasy
April 14–June 3, 2018

Preview: April 13, 6:30pm

Campbelltown Arts Centre
One Art Gallery Road
Campbelltown New South Wales 2560
Hours: Monday–Sunday 10am–4pm

T +61 2 4645 4100

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Curated by artist, David Capra

Campbelltown Arts Centre presents Sheer Fantasy, an exhibition that suspends time to confront the role of the fantastical and how it plays within our collective conscious. In this exhibition, the world as we know it bends and shifts, making room to indulge in our greatest fantasies.

Sheer Fantasy includes newly commissioned works, where artists have contemplated private and internal landscapes that have long influenced their practice. Manifested in bold architectural additions to the gallery spaces, these backdrops provide an immersive experience of constructed escapisms that are strangely familiar; referencing movie sets of Hollywood Westerns, candy-coloured theme parks and fanciful theatrics. Nostalgic tropes surrounding the notion of make-believe are questioned, loosened and pulled apart, allowing the imagination to run free.

The preview will feature a performance by L’Estro Armonico String Orchestra, conducted by Mr George Kowalik.

Mark Shorter / Polly Borland / Archie Moore / Michael Parekowhai / Raquel Caballero / Pat Larter / Terri Bowden / Javier Lara-Gomez / Kim Novak / The UFO & Paranormal Research Society of Australia / Esme Timbery / William Wegman / 1000 BCE

One-on-one participatory performance with Renny Kodgers: Hello Stranger
Saturday April 21; Sunday, April 22; Saturday, June 2 & Sunday, June 3
Every half hour 10:30am–3:30pm

Hitch a ride and shoot the breeze with performance artist, Mark Shorter in his role of Renny Kodgers, the consummate American entertainer. During these free performances, participants will sit with Renny Kodgers inside the cabin of a truck installed in the galleries and be led on a conversational journey that ponders the space of “The Road.” This new work commission, Hello Stranger will feature as a part of the exhibition Sheer Fantasy—all about curiosities, spectacle, and nostalgia.

Please note that performances occur in a confined space and are expected to last 20 minutes.

Cost: Free
Bookings: Booking a time slot must be made in advance via phone T +61 2 4645 4100 or at Campbelltown Arts Centre reception.

Campbelltown Arts Centre
Located on the edge of Sydney, Campbelltown Arts Centre is in a unique position to forge collaborative exchanges between artists, disciplines and communities through the creation of new curatorial situations and challenging streams of practice are realized.

Using the edge as a starting point, Campbelltown Arts Centre creates a secure platform for communities and artists to take risks, challenge perceptions, confront issues and raise questions through the commissioning of new works. These new works invite collaboration, partnership, local, national and international dialogue, the juxtaposition of new and traditional techniques and cross-disciplinary approaches. Contemporary artists are at the forefront of Campbelltown Arts Centre's programming and through consultation with communities, we deliver a program that profiles contemporary visual arts, performance, dance, music, live art and emergent practices.

Campbelltown Arts Centre is a cultural facility of Campbelltown City Council and located on Tharawal land. Campbelltown Arts Centre is assisted by the NSW Government through Create NSW and by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Art, its funding and advisory body, and receives support from the Crown Resorts Foundation and the Packer Family Foundation.

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