Date: 14 April – 3 June 2018
Curated by Western Sydney artist, David Capra, Sheer Fantasy 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.
The exhibition includes a number of 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 opening night will feature a performance by L’Estro ArmonicoString Orchestra, conducted by Mr George Kowalik.
Golden Age Cinema and Bar will host a series of films inspired by the exhibition. Please visit their website for further details.
Opening: 13 April, 6.30pm
Time: 10am - 4pm
Date: 2 June 2018
Join Sheer Fantasy Curator, David Capra and Campbelltown Arts Centre’s Director, Michael Dagostino for a fantastical curator’s talk.
Starting off with an exhibition tour guided by David Capra followed by a picnic in the gallery inspired by Sheer Fantasy where there will be a discussion on the role of the fantastical and how it plays with our conscious over tea, coffee and cake.
After the discussion between David Capra and Michael Dagostino, William Wegman’s iconic works featuring Weimaraners exhibited in Sheer Fantasy will be brought to life by a costumed parade of ten award winning dogs from the Ashlaren Kennel presented by the Weimaraner Club of NSW. You’ll also get to meet and pat the dogs including a six month old puppy.
Tour guided by David Capra starts from 2pm. This talk will be Auslan interpreted.
Renny Kodgers - Hello Stranger (one-on-one participatory performance)
Date: 2 & 3 June 2018
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, age appropriate from 18 + only.
Time: 10.30am - 3.30pm
Age: 18+ only
Booking a time slot must be made in advance via phone 4645 4100 or in person at Campbelltown Arts Centre reception.
Sheer Fantasy - Exhibition
Campbelltown Arts Centre, 1 Art Gallery Rd,
Ph: (02) 4645 4100