Capiche was a multidisciplinary group show that challenged its audience to navigate through familiar and alien landscapes, building new platforms for thought.
The exhibition explored themes of displacement in relation to contemporary subcultures and the individual human experience, tugging on tensions that stretch between reality and fantasy.
Defying norms and often transcending definable subjects, the works explored the human form, our sensory exploits, desires and influences.
The works were by 18 diverse artists and include collage, drawing, film, illustration, installation, painting, photography, sculpture, video and experiential sensory encounters.
Marty Baptist’s paintings incorporated everything from pop culture references to his own musings on daily life, with a dark sense of humour that left viewers questioning whether his motives are serious or in jest.
Anna May Kirk is an emerging multi-disciplinary artist whose practice includes sculpture, performance and installation as a tool for speculating about the nuances of our current moment in time, and distorting the relationship between artist, audience and artwork.
Kaspar Kagi uses various techniques and materials including painting in acrylic, drawing onto canvas and using paint markers on watercolour paper. His artworks often represent a questioning of his own existence and the invisible mechanics behind the reality in which we live.
Dionysos Avramides (B.1991) is a Sydney-based Designer and Illustrator, utilising mixed media to produce an electric and swirling display of technical yet expressive drawings. Inspired by Japanese anime and late Picasso’s illustrations, the work seen in Capiche encapsulates that late-night blur of whirlwind romance and passion.
Emele Ugavule & Ayeesha Ash (BlackBirds) are women of colour (but not indigenous to Australia), whose video works dissect cultural appropriation and stereotypes, and are often set in pedestrian environments to reflect their everyday experiences as a product of society.
Liz Peniazeva is a Sydney-based artist interested in analysing and reconstructing ideas relating to women and their bodies. She seeks to reconfigure notions of gender, domesticity and sexuality through her meticulously hand-cut collages, which are free from digital intervention.
Other featured artists included: Joshua Bentley (photography), Arben Dzika (illustration), Paloma Grace Maine (sculpture), Luke O’Connor (ceramics), Harriet Roxburgh (painting), Nick Santoro (painting), Natalie Synnott (painter), Torrie Torrie (video/installation), Rohan Willard (using body odour/smell as a medium), Yiorgo Yiannopoulos (pigment prints), and Lucy Zaroyko (painting).
The exhibition was co-curated by aMBUSH Gallery and Joshua Bentley and presented with Central Park Mall.
Marty Baptist, Anna May Kirk, Kaspar Kagi, Dionysos Avramides, Ayeesha Ash, Emele Ugavule, Joshua Bentley, Arben Dzika, Paloma Grace Maine, Luke O’Connor, Harriet Roxburgh, Nick Santoro, Natalie Synnott, Torrie Torrie, Rohan Willard, Yiorgo Yiannopoulos, Lucy Zaroyko