Thursday June 4, 2015·
Trace is an exhibition designed to take the work of some of Australia's most prominent artists from the cool removal of the art gallery to the streets of West End.
Run in support of community and housing support group Community Plus, this exhibition sees works by heavyweights like Vernon Ah Kee, Richard Bell, Fiona Foley, Margaret Olley and Vanghoua Anthony Vue pop up in venues as diverse as fruit shops, comic book stores and cafes. Most of the artworks are available in an online auction for the public to bid on, with all the funds going directly to Community Plus.
These are serious artworks with serious prices, but while owning them might be slightly beyond you and me (or maybe not you! Maybe you have the funds to own this gorgeous Margaret Olley oil painting, you fiend, I'm so jealous), we can at least experience them in the wild - which is the whole point after all. Top picks: see Richard Bell's 'Interior' at Junky Comics and Sam Cranston's 'Love (Will Tear Us Apart [Again])' up the road at Egg Records; pop into Happy Cabin to take in Ian Friend's 'Joy at death itself 9', then head round the corner to Avid Reader to see Judy Watson's 'Life Forms'; and finish up with a snack at Chop Chop Chang's underneath Tyza Stewart's 'Untitled'.
Or you could take one of the walking tours and let someone guide you in the ways of Australian art. Either way, it's going to be good for you. Tell your rich friends to bid on your favourite, and it'll be good for others, too.