The Other Art Fair is strictly for emerging local talent. Rather than rows of booths occupied by elite galleries and the most promising artists in their stable, The Other Art Fair shows a curated selection of unrepresented artists, allowing them to test their craft and creativity in a commercial setting. The fair will open in Sydney this week and provide a different experience to other September art fairs, Sydney Contemporary and Spring 1883.
More than 300 applications from emerging artists were narrowed down to just 80. Applications were assessed by a panel of reputable and noted faces from within the art world. “This year we were lucky enough to have a diverse selection committee,” says co-director Zoe Paulson. The committee included artist Mikala Dwyer; assistant curator at the MCA, Megan Robson; major collector Dr Dick Quan; public-art advisor Virginia Wilson; and Biennale of Sydney board member, Paris Neilson.
“[The selection] process sets the fair apart; it allows for a diverse range of works to be on display, because each committee member has his or her own taste,” Paulson says. “It creates excitement and buzz for first-time buyers, as well as seasoned collectors, because they might be purchasing work from the next rising star.”
Paulsen says artwork at The Other Art Fair ranges from, “Installation and illustration to sculpture and photography.” Of the unrepresented talent on show, here are some artists to look out for when you visit:
Banazi’s work is part of the group exhibition Geometrica at Mild Manners Gallery in Surry Hills. She creates silkscreen prints onto paper, Perspex and wood in intriguing layers of dizzying geometry that ask you to peer a little further in.
Be enchanted by Teperson’s whimsical sculptures – the series Snow Domes in the Age of Retreating Ice Caps is a collection of objects and miniature sceneries frozen in an ice-like cloche. Teperson’s sculptural practice uses traditional, labour-intensive craft methods alongside everyday objects and materials.
Anthony Buselli (Black Parrot Collective)
Buselli has been painting and exhibiting for more than 20 years, and has been a finalist in the Australian landscape scenery Wynne Prize, as well as the Salon des Refusés. His painting is thick with a very raw emotion and sense of place. Similar to Chuck Close, Buselli begins his work from photographs and stills.
Shipp’s recent exhibition at Paddington’s Saint Cloche gallery featured digitally crafted images of Australian botanicals under darkened, foreboding skies. His blood-coloured king proteas are wild and almost surreal in a sombre suburban scene. Shipp has collaborated with Future Classic, Australian Fashion Week and Cirque de Soleil. Snap a piece from his Botanical Inquiry series while you can.
Full list of artists and tickets are available at theotherartfair.com.au
The Other Art Fair runs from Thursday September 10 until September 13 at Central Park, Chippendale.