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Oslo Davis


6 March — 29 March 2014

Paintings, Drawings & Cartoons by Oslo Davis

In his first solo gallery exhibition in more than four years, Oslo Davis serves up a veritable mixed bean salad of art, jokes and furniture. Titled AS IF, Oslo’s exhibition of varying styles is arranged sensibly across the four walls of Lamington Drive gallery, as the inaugural show for our new Collingwood location.

One wall showcases what Oslo Davis calls ‘Improvements On Australian Art’ – a collection of large oil paintings that take iconic works by Sidney Nolan, Brett Whiteley, Russell Drysdale and Howard Arkley and subject them to pithy internet-meme-type jokes.

Elsewhere Oslo gives us a collection of large black and white drawings and cartoons, that remind us of the work what Raymond Pettibon does, but with more (attempted) humour.

The remaining section of AS IF features pieces selected from hundreds of cartoons Oslo has done for newspapers and magazines over the last ten years. Here, Oslo gives us originals, oil painting reproductions and the ephemera that goes into making his funny cartoons. It’s a dog’s breakfast/collage affair that provides some insight into Oslo’s joke-making and creative technique.

Other bits a bobs (such as a one-off Japanese ‘zaishu’ stool featuring dramatically illustrated facial expressions of Mercedes Corby, and a handkerchief design for men) round out AS IF – an eclectic exhibition to say the least.

Please join us for this very special first show at our new location from 6–9pm on Thursday, March 6. Please note our new location which is 101a Sackville Street, just near the intersection of Johnston and Gold streets. Look for the neon sign up the lane way next to the mechanic.

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