Genesis Breyer P-Orridge: Loyalty Does Not End With Death
Prolific cross-disciplinary English artist Genesis Breyer P-Orridge has never conformed. From revered 1970s industrial noise group Throbbing Gristle through an ever-expanding repertoire of music, sculpture, installation, performance art and more, P-Orridge has remained a confrontational voice. Substation offers a significant retrospective of her work, discussing identity and gender, the sacred and the profane.
Loyalty Does Not End With Death is at Substation from February 2 to March 10.
We Are Here
The State Library of Victoria and the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives opened their records to a diverse group of artists, and We Are Here – a fascinating trawl through forgotten voices and socially excluded narratives – is the result. Peter Waples Crowe’s colourful collages are composed of colonial imagery of Australian flora and fauna in pieces about Indigenous identity. Peter Lambropoulos matches his own memories to documentary evidence from the collections. Archie Barry discusses transgender identity through a photograph of Edward De Lacey Evans, a gender non-conforming person from 19th-century Victoria.
We Are Here is at the State Library of Victoria until April 2.
Trophy Wife Barbie: Shit Just Got Real
Conceptual artist Annelies Hofmeyr's Instagram account Trophy Wife Barbie has 276,000 followers and counting. Her Midsumma solo show features mounted Barbie heads, which each explore contemporary gender issues and roles, and the limitations of labels.
Trophy Wife Barbie is at Lord Coconut until February 3.
The Art of Gemma Flack
Cute, angry, loose and brave – that about sums up the kinetic, punk-fuelled illustrations of Melbourne-based illustrator Gemma Flack. This show takes her DIY and zine work to the gallery walls, but the most exciting thing about zine culture is how open and accessible it is for all voices – inspired visitors shouldn’t miss Flack’s free zine-making workshop on February 1.
The Art of Gemma Flack is at Bargoonga Nganjin, North Fitzroy Library, until February 10. Booking is required for Flack’s zine-making workshop.
The thesis of this colourful, empowering show is that in all our dreaming of the future, black and queer identities are overlooked. How will queer and Indigenous identities influence the future? Curators Alec Reade and Kalyani Mumtaz aim to find out.
Beyond the Binary
The winner of last year’s Midsumma Australia Post Art Prize was figurative artist J. Rosenbaum, who uses 3D modelling and augmented reality to complicate first impressions. Static works on the wall are brought to life with new, machine-generated layers accessible through mobile screens. Flat sculptural works gain depth. Images mutate and warp.
Beyond the Binary is at Gasworks Art Park until February 4.