Friday, 26 September 2014

Kamikaze Sisters EXPOSED

Manon Marguerite working with sequins.

Thursday 25th September 2014 11AM - 1PM 
NANA Gallery windows

During a two hour performance in the gallery windows of NANA the Kamikaze Sisters shed some light onto their practice as two very different artists. In a process of relocating their individual studios into the gallery space, the artists made a bold leap from their private creative worlds into the public domain. Their practice of sewing, gluing illustrating and typing was out in full view,  giving the audience a rare glimpse and understanding of the world behind a finished artwork. Draped in the comforts of their studios including scull and cross bone blankets and my little pony figurines the artists worked and socialised as artists and friends.
During a one week exhibition Kamikaze Sisters Jessica Mcleoud-Yu and Manon Marguerite set up a colourful installation of their work in two of NANA'S Perkins Street Gallery windows. Jessica displayed her recently published book and it's illustrations whilst Manon exhibited her very pink dress creations. Both women are recent graduates of fine art at the University of Newcastle who are now determined to launch their individual brands. This exhibition operates as a celebration of their friendship, founded whilst studying together and their professional debut into the commercial art world.

Jessica Mcleoud-Yu working in the gallery window

From the inside out

The Kamikaze Sister's exhibition is on until Tuesday 30th September.
You can view the exhibition ANY TIME on Perkins St Newcastle

For more information about Jessica and Manon please visit:

Friday, 19 September 2014

Coming Soon to NANA'S Windows … Kamikaze Sisters

Manon Marguerite and Jessica McLeod-Yu present: “Kamikaze Sisters - The Worlds of Two Girls Collide"

Inspired by the movie Kamikaze Girls, a story where two girls of different styles come together and become friends.

Utilising two of NANA'S shop windows the Kamizaze sisters will create an installation of their working atelier as well as a commercial exhibition of their artwork. In this joint project the sisters will expose the working lifestyle behind their creative discipline which will be accessible by the public 24 hours 7 days a week. On Thursday the 25th of September the artists will activate the window space further by staging a performance that examines further the role of an artist's image and lifestyle as part of their art making lifestyle.

Both of the artists work in different mediums and have their own individual aesthetics, yet they both work towards a common goal of creating their own brands. 

Exhibition runs from 23rd - 30th of September 
NANA art space. Perkins Street Newcastle 
Performance: Thursday the 25th Septeber 11am - 12pm

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

The return of captain Kitty's chicken boat

Rosie Deacon

This September, Sydney artist Rosie Deacon has electrified the NANA art space with a pink chicken boat spectacular. In this mixed media solo show, Deacon uses expandable foam, glitter, paint, beads - you name it really, to tell the story of a Captain Kitty's return. As the audience wanders through a space filled with glittering sculptures and neon pink beams, one starts to wonder if Captain Kitty really has returned or if we have some how been transported back to wherever he/she adventured to. But then this suspicion is dashed when in the centre of the gallery we meet the captain himself, formally known as Captain Sticker Roo, who is awkwardly rocking on his timber legs - it seems he hasn't quite regained his land legs yet. As you would expect, the captain has a side kick: The Long Legged Slurpy Cat, who stands by his side as well as a merry crew of colourfully painted cats, budgies and koalas that dance o the walls. It seems this boat, like any other, has a stow away too who is non other than a flying African Mole Rat ! His cable tie and split pin coat is more than a little disturbing and positioned near the entrance to the gallery, this sculpture has scared off more than a few feeble Newcastle customers.
But don't let that deter you - Rosie Deacon's show is far from horrifying, it's a magnificent tale told through a glorious palette that begs you to discover your own version.

Rosie Deacon is an artist working in sculpture and installation whose work engages with the spectacle of obsession. In 2010, Deacon graduated from the UNSW COFA with first class honours. She was the recipient of both the Gallery Barry Keldoulis Grant for emerging artists and the Dinosaur Designs Prize. Since then she has held solo and group exhibitions at GAFFA and 107 Projects Redfern. This is Rosie's first show with NANA.

Show runs 1 -20 September @ NANA
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