Sydneysider Vasili Kaliman, formerly of Kaliman Gallery in Sydney and co-founder of Art Month Sydney, has relocated to Melbourne for a new venture with the couple behind Melbourne’s Uplands Gallery, Jarrod and Tara Rawlins. Opening tonight, the gallery will prove a tour de force of Australian contemporary art.
The opening exhibition will give insight into the gallery’s future endeavours, placing strong emphasis on identifying and maintaining each artist’s intellectual and creative relevance. Despite this, director Jarrod Rawlins is adamant this is a “commercial gallery presenting contemporary art” and that “there is no pretense or overly explained layers to what we are doing.” With both Kaliman and Rawlins having dealt with and represented some of the most sought after contemporary artists in Australia, it is rumoured many of these names will be joining them in their new venture, though the artist are yet to be disclosed and won’t be until the unveiling and opening of the space tonight (with the exception for the above works by Steve Carr and Renee So).
The space, in an industrial backstreet in South Yarra, has been transformed by architects Room11 from a basic warehouse into two exhibition spaces (one 90 square metres, the other 45 square metres) a library, office area and stock room. Room11 have maintained aspects of the warehouses industrial heritage, creating a modest, elegant and unpretentious venue to showcase contemporary art. It’s clear KALIMANRAWLINS is about presenting great work. “It’s not much more complicated than that really,” enthuses Rawlins. We’ll soon find out.