Melody Smith Gallery is proud to announce ‘PERF’, an exhibition of new artworks by Perth based artist Alex Maciver. This is the artist’s first solo presentation of artworks since he claimed the Film Freo 24 Award, part of 2014 Fringe Festival, and the prestigious 2013 Fremantle Print Award.
The opening night will showcase a collaborative performance with Citizens of Arcane, presented by Coveted Events.
Melody Smith Gallery showcases this new series of artworks that emphasise quite definite sculptural notions of character and attitude. Each work is unique in character and in some way impersonate portrait paintings, but with a volume and density that is destined for a sculptural installation. The emotional pitch of these works is both sporadic and spontaneous, with a mood that finds expression in what Maciver describes as “the kind of restless studio activity that transforms our interpretation of familiar décor”.
Since arriving in Western Australia in 2011, Maciver’s oeuvre has encompassed an incredible diversity of styles and media. Often blurring the line between comedy and tragedy, the grotesque and the beautiful, the critical and the empathetic, Maciver has developed a provocative and adventurously imaginative series of artworks following a recent residency at Fremantle Arts Centre.