Artist and cocktail bar owner Matt Bax (Bar Americano) thought commercial art galleries were missing something. In Grau Projekt he provides the answer, combining his love of cocktails with the fine-art world. (Bax also owned the now-closed but highly influential bar Der Raum.)
Exhibiting from February is British-born, Melbourne-based artist Ravi Avasti, who is absorbed by reflections, alignments, synchronisations and rhythms in the world around him. Little Fleas is influenced by The Siphonaptera, a poem by 19th-century mathematician Augustus De Morgan about the philosophical and biological order of bloodsucking wingless parasites.
“Big fleas have little fleas upon their backs to bite 'em,
And little fleas have lesser fleas, and so, ad infinitum.
And the great fleas, themselves, in turn, have greater fleas to go on;
While these again have greater still, and greater still, and so on.”
Avasti encourages viewers to walk around and discover his work from different vantage points in Grau Projekt’s expansive warehouse space.
Winner of the 2018 Fiona Myer White Story Residency, Avasti has been showing work in Melbourne since 2006, and has received commissions from the Sydney Opera House. He completed a Masters of Visual Art at Melbourne University last year.
The $35 admission fee includes a signature cocktail on arrival.