PLAQUE Gallery, billed as the smallest and most unique, functional gallery in the world, was today (June 21) launched in style by its founder and curator, Paddy Long, near the National Gallery.
Designed by a Melbourne architect as a physical microcosm of art institutions, the satirical gallery is a detailed, hollow architectural model that sits over Long’s head on top while he stands encased in a white museum plinth with his head protruding.
The front door to the gallery leads to Long’s mouth, where, fixed to the backs of his teeth, are miniature canvases contributed by famous artists such as Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons, Jasper Johns, David Choe and Anish Kapoor. The only way to enter the gallery is via a dental mirror.
After this opening, Long says Plaque Gallery is set to travel the world, and will leave on Sunday for New York, London, Paris, Berlin then Tokyo.
Art such as this asks the audience quietly to open their eyes, enjoy what they have and think a bit more about what they're doing, writes JOHN LANDT after viewing Janet Dawson's exhibition “Clouds All the Way”.