Thursday, 29 September 2011

Robert Baines at Pieces of Eight

In conjunction with the 35+ year retrospective on now at the Glen Eira City Council Gallery, Robert Baines is holding an exhibition of new works at Pieces of Eight opening next Tuesday 4 October. Frisches Fleisch: Fresh Meat opens Tuesday from 6-8pm.

Since I couldn't make the opening of A Visible Likeness at the Glen Eira City Council Gallery, I went to Robert's artist floor talk on Saturday. The retrospective includes works going back all the way to his student days at RMIT University, many of which I had never seen. More recent major works include Robert's first major wirework pieces of the mid-'90s, mind-boggling in their complexity, commissioned works on loan from collectors spanning much of his career, and a number of intricate teasets. Drawings and sketches line the gallery walls, and a very engaging video produced by Object Gallery shows Robert speaking about his work. 

A Visible Likeness is an excellent exhibition, running until 16 October, and next up is Frisches Fleisch! On at Pieces of Eight until 12 November.

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