Grand Opening

Grand Opening - 8th June 2019


Remember the early 2000s in Sydney? Before the lock out laws, before the impossible rent, before licensing nightmares, before social media. Was there a time? Back then, there was a vibrant ARI community in Chippendale, Surry Hills and the Inner West that thrived with culture, vitality, ideas, music and some incredible art, with collectives and venues like Space 3, The Wedding Circle, Knot Gallery, China Heights, Blank Space and Imperial Slacks, to name a few.

Reuse and Reunion, curated by Rudy Ardianto (Space 3, The Wedding Circle, RAW, Gang Festival, Undercurrents), reunites this creative community with a new art exhibition at Mothership Studios in Marrickville, opening Sat 8 June 2019.

Reuse and Reunion is a celebration of making things and making things happen. The work ranges from photography, sculpture, installation, painting and drawing. United by the idea of upcycling, the exhibition is not only a reunion but the start of something fresh.

Through his art, Rudy reuses materials in the tradition of Duchamp, Schwiiters, Rauschenburg and Basquiet, bringing a punk aesthetic with a political edge that is both personal and social. Other artists in the show include Shannon Johnson, Brad Cooper, Marty J, Claire Conroy, Magda Kozuba, Clare Perkins, Mia Ardianto, Herbert Peppard, Giovanna Picoi and Haus of Hellmutti.

The event is also the Australian launch of a line of upcycled products by Indonesian collective SAPU Upcycle. These stylish handmade bags, wallets and accessories are sustainably designed and made from recycled tyre, inner tubes, army tents and other forgotten trash. Aside from an unshakable commitment to upcycling, beautiful designs and excellent production standards, SAPU Upcycle is an important part of a grassroots environmental movement in Central Java and is committed to fair and ethical business practices.

The brand name comes from the Indonesian word ‘sapu’ (broom). A ‘sapu’ is completely sustainable; a bundle of finely cut coconut sticks, bound together with organic materials. Used by young and old, no household in Indonesia is without a sapu. Founded in 2006 in Central Java, SAPU Upcycle now distributes their products worldwide, opening to the Australian community with a new locally designed product range, website and distributer. The launch event will display a full selection of the current SAPU range.

Please join us for an afternoon of art that will replenish and inspire!

Exhibition Opening:
Saturday, June 8 
3pm - 7pm

Gallery Open:
8 – 15 June 2019 (by appointment only)

Mothership Studios
18-22 Sydney St, Sydenham

Contact: Rudy Ardianto
Ph: 0452 163 432