Emerging Australian artist Suzie Blake is the latest to make use of the innovative Grau Projekt gallery space in Clifton Hill.
Blake’s practice spans photography, film, installation and sculpture, and she often employs or alludes to women’s bodily substances, such a breast milk and menstrual blood, in her work.
The feminist’s new installation, entitled Blood Mountain, is a three-metre-high mound of red clothing and apparel. On closer inspection T-shirts bearing slogans such as “Girl Power” and “The Future is Female” can be spotted in the pile. It forms the centrepiece of a wider exhibition of the same name, which opens on April 4.
Grau Projekt is the brainchild of Matt Bax, the man behind world-class Bar Americano in the CBD, and Richmond’s Bar Economico. It’s inside a 1000-square-metre warehouse with 4.5-metre-high white walls, and windows overlooking the city.
One artist is showcased in the space every six weeks, and each show is celebrated with a one-off cocktail created by them and Bax’s team.
Opening night is ticketed and runs from 7pm until 9.30pm. An artisanal cocktail is included in the ticket price. To say farewell, on Friday May 31 and Saturday June 1 from 6.30pm, Grau is offering $40 guided tours of the exhibition that include a three-cocktail tasting menu and two •Blood Mountain* cocktail glasses to take home.