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Phebe Schmidt is a Melbourne-based photographer who creates hyperreal images, often portraits, which are tightly constructed but essentially ambiguous. Her work has a stylised plasticity and bright surface that acts as a mask that plays with ideas of self, theatrical role-playing, and what lies beneath. ‘Plasticity’ is a key term Schmidt uses to describe her work and marks a contemporary obsession with homogenised, generic beauty ideals that conform to gender, social, and cultural norms. As part of this approach Schmidt treats subject’s like an object—product, as if positioned and conceptualised for an advertisement to illustrate and foreground how the body is treated as a commodity.

Solo shows: Hard Bodies, Kreisler Gallery, Melbourne (2013). Select group shows include: Neverwhere (in collaboration in Claire Lambe), Asialink, Margaret Lawrence Gallery project, Gaia Gallery, Istanbul (2015); Spring 1883 (in collaboration in Claire Lambe), Art Fair, Establishment Hotel, Sydney (2015); Miss Universal (in collaboration in Claire Lambe), Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne (2015); In some places it’s illegal to hang your washing out to dry (in collaboration in Claire Lambe), Sarah Scout Gallery, Melbourne (2014); Render, Brunswick St Gallery, Melbourne (2014); Studio Show (in collaboration in Claire Lambe and Audrey Schmidt), Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne; Sincerity (in collaboration in Claire Lambe), Moana Project Space, Perth(2014); About Face, No Vacancy Gallery, Melbourne (2014); Browser, Paradise Hills Gallery, Melbourne (2014); It’s That Sometimes You Move Too Loud, Edmund Pearce, Melbourne (2014); Per–Tim: Club Bed, Goodtimes Studios, Melbourne (2013); Xmas Presence, Kreisler Gallery, Melbourne (2013); The Eleventh Hour, Yarra Gallery, Melbourne (2013); May Exhibitions, Platform Art Spaces, Melbourne (2013); 8th Annual Contemporary Art Prize, Brunswick Art Space, Melbourne (2013); Kodak Salon, CCP, Melbourne (2012); Converge, No Vacancy Gallery, Melbourne (2012); ABUS Unlocked, 1000 £ Bend, Melbourne (2012); Death Be Kind, The Alderman, Melbourne (2012). Select publications include Elephant Magazine, Vault Art Magazine, Garage Magazine, The Lifted Brow, Sleek Magazine, Dissect Journal and Catalogue Magazine.

Lamington Drive is pleased to be presenting Sweethearts — a solo exhibition of large-scale portraits by Phebe Schmidt. Opening Wednesday July 13, 6-9pm. Exhibition continues until Saturday August 6, 2016.

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