Everything Is Borrowed

Thu 21st November, 2019 – Sat 7th December, 2019
KSR Art Bar
Ground level Rialto Piazza, 525 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000
The artist behind 2017’s nostalgic milk bar installation invites you into the studio to see him creating new works that examine our relationship to our possessions.

Callum Preston’s art is steeped in memory, nostalgia and the passage of time. Callum Preston’s Milk Bar – his 2017 pop-art installation – reminded audiences of simpler times with hundreds of hand-painted 1996 milk bar staples. He also worked on Rone’s Empire, a haunting and ethereal ode to the collision of nature and humanity that took over the Burnham Beeches mansion in the Dandenong Ranges earlier this year.

Everything Is Borrowed, Preston's latest show, was born from his curiosity about things he found in people’s homes while travelling overseas. The exhibition features a series of large-scale paintings of small everyday items on recycled timber.

Preston is worked on the pieces for the exhibition in a makeshift studio in the exhibition space, and has collected items from his own home and from op-shops. He is also worked from photos of interesting things he found on his travels to create paintings he hopes will make people question what their own belongings – especially those that often go uncelebrated – mean to them.

Opening hours:
Mon to Fri 4pm–11pm
Sat 11am–4pm