Exhibitions Opening: Freakmo, The Dog's Artist, Memory & Face Value

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Exhibitions Opening: Freakmo, The Dog's Artist, Memory & Face Value says
Opening Fri 3 June | 6:30pm | Free
Exhibition Runs Sat 4 June – Tues 19 July
+ Artist Talks Sat 4 June | 2pm | Main Gallery | Free


Working under the name Freakmo, local artist Kiana Jones (WA) runs one of Australia's most popular special effects makeup YouTube channels. Her work is world renowned and she is now being sought by feature filmmakers. In this, her first solo show, Jones will present a series of large-scale fantasy photos and video portraits, developed through hours of labour intensive make up sessions. Jones’ techniques jolt the senses in their realistic interpretation of flesh and wounds.


Respected local artist Susan Flavell (WA) presents a series of video portraits and ceramic sculptures investigating our relationships with dogs. Flavell exhibited at FAC ten years ago in a very successful solo exhibition of epic-scale human cardboard sculptures. This new exhibition intersects her life as a dog trainer and brings intense scrutiny to reading dogs’ facial features, expressions and moods. These animal portraits will look at the human-centred history of the gaze in portraiture.


Having previously exhibited and been in residence at FAC, Indonesian artist Wayan Upadana returns with a new series of works based on the experience of being a tourist in WA as a counterpoint to FAC’s 2014 exhibition BALI: return economy. The drawings, watercolours, video and sculpture works reveal Upadana’s critical eye and are imbued with his intelligent wit.

FAC and Wayan Upadana would like to thank and acknowledge the support of Mary Hill in the development of this project, which has followed on from the work of the late Chris Hill, co-curator of BALI: return economy, and his research into Balinese art and the subsequent inclusion of Wayan Upadana in that exhibition.

Portraiture is perhaps the most poignant attempt in art to deny mortality. Face Value presents a selection of images drawn from the City of Fremantle’s Collection which reveal the mysterious power of the portrait.

This exhibition contrasts idealised formal portraits with a range of naturalistic, satirical and psychological studies of character. Artists include Jazmina Cininas, Bob Birch, Robert Dorizzi, George Haynes, Mary Moore, Kathleen O’Connor and Guy Grey-Smith.

Images left to right: Susan Flavell, The Artist's Dog, 2016, photographer Gail Russell. Kiana Jones, Prosthetic, 2015. Wayan Upadana, The Survival, 2016, watercolour on paper, 56 x 76cm
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By: Fremantle Arts Centre

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