In the Art World: 8 – 13 October

Artists explore previously uncharted territories transitioning into new mediums and new concepts in our round up of some of the best exhibitions opening at museums and galleries around Australia this week.

1. Sally Smart: I Build My Time
Fehily Contemporary, 3a Glasshouse Road, Collingwood Melbourne Vic. 11 October to 3 November 2012. Opening Saturday 13 October, 3pm to 5pm.
Sally Smart’s I Build My Time is the artist’s first venture into time-based media and performance. Working with shadow puppetry and dance choreography, Smart will be animating the cut-out elements from her assemblage work through stop-motion animation and film.
2. Emily Ferretti: Jungle
Ryan Renshaw Gallery, 137 Warry Street, Fortitude Valley Brisbane Qld. 10 October to 10 November. Opening Friday 12 October, 6pm.
Emily Ferretti’s exhibition Jungle at Ryan Renshaw Gallery is a visual exploration and tribute to international painting legend, Henri Rousseau. Ferretti stumbled across the work of the Parisian folk artist during her 2010 residency through the Cité des Arts Internationale.

3. Master of Stillness: Jeffrey Smart paintings 1940–2011
Samstag Museum of Art, Hawke Building, City West Campus, University of South Australia, 55 North Terrace, Adelaide SA. 11 October to 14 December 2012.
For more than 60 years, artist Jeffrey Smart has conveyed his distinctive vision of industrial wastelands and urban landscapes. See a broad sweep of work from one of Australia’s most important living painters in Master of Stillness.
4. Suzie Idiens: Counterpoint
Gallery 9, 9 Darley Street, Darlinghurst Sydney NSW. 10 to 27 October 2012. Opening Wednesday 10 October, 60m.
Suzie Idiens’ practice is based on reduction and simplification in the production of painted sculptural forms in increasingly bright colours. Each work combines two individually coloured panels with asymmetrical proportion, and this balance tension effects a harmony which completes the composition.
5. Lara Merrett
Jan Murphy Gallery, 486 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley Brisbane Qld. 9 October to 3 November 2012.
Lara Merrett presents a new series of her multilayered, organic works. Hear the artist in conversation with Louise Martin–Chew on 11 October at 6pm. RSVP for this event by emailing or phoning +61 7 3254 1855.
6. Into the Abyss: New works by Andrew McIlroy
Gould Galleries,  270 Toorak Road, South Yarra Melbourne Vic. 10 October to 10 November 2012. Opening Wednesday 10 October, 6pm until 8pm.
Andrew McIlroy’s latest solo exhibition of large luminescent paintings exploring the depths of the ocean, reminding viewers of the tempetuousness and beauty of the sea.

All images courtesy of the artists and their galleries.

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