Characters, glass and monsters at M16

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A “Hello KItty” figure

M16 has three exhibitions opening this Thursday, August 2.

In Gallery 01, the Japan Foundation and  the Embassy of Japan are showing  “Japan: Kingdom of Characters”, an exhibition of sculpture and video showcasing characters popular in Japanese anime and manga and  their impact on Japanese society.

It features  life-sized figures of Hello Kitty, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Mobile Suit Gundam and many Japanese characters popular since the ’50s.

In Gallery 02 is “Phosphorescence”, an installation of light refracted on glass by M16 Artspace EASS Exhibition and Residency award-winner, Christine Atkins, showing the interaction between light, glass and water. She says she is interested in highlighting the phenomena created during the interactions between these materials while echoing phenomena found in nature.

Christine Atkins, “Refraction IV”, 2012, glass LED and tint
In Gallery 03, Julie McCarron-Benson’s “The Sacking: an exploration of Women, Bullying and the Workplace”, ink drawings in response to outrage over unfair dismissals, pointing to  “monsters of the workplace”.

M16artspace,  21 Blaxland Crescent, Griffith, until  August 19.

Julie McCarron-Benson, “Sacking 4”, ink on paper

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