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Melbourne International Comedy Festival: Juicy Comedy

‘Friends’ Lucy and JG are two dysfunctional idiots. Well, one functional idiot and one dysfunctional genius. Together they bring the worst out of each other, and they’re trying to write a play. Things quickly descend into madness due to some… personal conflicts. Two Wrongs Don’t Make a Play, Right?

James JG Gordon and Lucy ‘Luseale’ Seale have been performing stand-up and sketch comedy for two years, and they’ve finally combined their mental efforts to fill out a Melbourne International Comedy Festival application form. Both coming from a theatre background, this is their fifth (and possibly final) show together (we’ll see how it goes). Click here for more information.

Dates: 13 – 14 April, 7:00–8:00pm. Attend on Facebook

Life Drawing: 10-Year Birthday

Missing Persons invites you to celebrate 10 years of Life Drawing on Wednesday 5 September.

For this occasion we’re holding two special evening classes with life model duo Bronte and Pascal. The first class is from 6:00pm to 7.15pm (doors open at 5.30pm) and the second class is from 7.45pm until 9:00pm (entry from 7.15pm).

Date: Wednesday 5 September, 6:00–9:00pm. Attend on Facebook

Photography by Genevieve Rankin

Consuelo Cavaniglia, Danica Chappell, Guy Grabowsky, Ben Sexton

Illusions and Allusions
Curated by Louise Klerks

Join us as we celebrate the official opening of Missing Persons with Illusions and Allusions, an exhibition curated by Louise Klerks, featuring Consuelo Cavaniglia, Danica Chappell, Guy Grabowsky and Ben Sexton.

Friday, 29 June from 6:00–8:00pm.

Missing Persons is excited to announce its inaugural exhibition which brings together works that respond to the visual noise of urban spaces.

The exhibiting artists explore the possibilities of image-making through experimental and analogue photography, and acrylic and glass sculptural forms. By inserting themselves and/or the viewer into the works, they invite the viewer to engage with a variety of surfaces.

Representations of space, architecture and the artists own mark-making become apparent through darkroom processes, transference and tricks of the eye.

Consuelo Cavaniglia is a Sydney based artist well known for her large-scale, wall-based and freestanding works. Using materials such as tinted mirror and coloured acrylic, she creates deeply reflective pieces that combine fragmented geometric planes to distort the viewer’s perception of space. In these works the viewer is an active participant; the work is awakened through observation.

Chappell, Grabowsky and Sexton work in the darkroom with analogue and experimental photography.

Danica Chappell has a haptic approach to making. She uses her body as a measuring stick, feeling her way through lengthy and timed photographic processes in the darkroom. Eschewing the camera, Chappell instead manipulates found objects and light to create laborious, complex photographic images that can be scaled to meet the full potential of specific sites. Objects discarded but reclaimed by the artist undertake a transformative process in the darkroom finding new shape as abstract compositions.

Guy Grabowsky is concerned with how he can leave a trace of himself in his images. He manipulates works in the darkroom and scratches the physical surface of his photographs. His consideration of visual texture and its consumption plays an important role. As a photographer dissecting the image as conceptual ground, and interrogating the physical manifestation of photography and its rich history, Grabowsky explores the way that space is represented and re-represented in a predominantly digital era.

Ben Sexton’s (né Lichtenstein) work is as much a comment about artistic expression as it is about capturing what it is we see in photographic form. In the darkroom, Sexton uses exposures of light to overlay images with experimental drawing and painting techniques. Sexton’s acute observations of his surroundings is present in his pictures. His interest lies in everyday experiences, his works featuring the energy of Melbourne streets and containing sweet memories that could be your own – adoration for your wife or a love of football.

Dates: 30 June until 22 July. Attend on Facebook
Hours: Thursday to Sunday 12–6pm

Olivia Tartaglia and Alex Tate: Bureau Of Meteoranxiety

As climate change wreaks havoc on the planet, so too it inflicts turmoil on our psyche. Bureau of Meteoranxiety (BoMa) is here to help.

In this future-focused live art experience, artists Alex Tate and Olivia Tartaglia create an agency designed to address symptoms of climate change fear. Expose your woes to experimental visual therapies and sensory remedies. Beware of technical glitches and hyperbolic emotional responses – BoMa is in beta phase. Bringing ecoanxiety into sharp view, this immersive, thought-provoking work offers participants new language and coping strategies to help stay above the metaphorical and literal flood line.

Bureau of Meteoranxiety will be held at BLINDSIDE from 10 until 19 May as part of Next Wave Festival 2018. The opening will take place at Missing Persons.

Date: Thursday 10 May, 6:00–8:00pm. Attend on Facebook

Melbourne International Comedy Festival: The Escape Room

A new escape room set up in Melbourne’s historic Nicholas Building falls victim to a dysfunctional group of officemates who might just smash the crap out of it if they can’t crack its code.

From the people behind the award-winning short film, Wibble Wobble, The Escape Room is a dark comedy about team-building, breaking points, and puzzles.

Featuring Edward Chalmers, Alex Chilton, Shane Henry, Jenni Townsend and Alexis Watt. Produced and directed by Alex Chilton and Daphne Do

Dates: 29 March to 2 April, 5 April to 8 April. Attend on Facebook