Following on from the wild success of The Other Fair‘s inaugural Melbourne edition in 2017, the acclaimed showcase returns with another lineup of emerging contemporary artists for you to discover and buy directly from. Featuring 100 artists selected by the festival’s committee of local curators and gallery directors, Melbourne’s The Other Art Fair 2018 runs from August 2–5 at Kensington’s The Facility. It features creative highlights abound, including Singaporean duo Ripple Root, which develops artworks by adding elements in turn — like a game of tag. Sydney’s Joel Tonks will exhibit his intricate flora and fauna paintings that reference the Australian identity, while Melbourne’s Jess Merlo will present her painting, sculpture and installation works that explore two and three dimensional perspectives.
While perusing the extensive fair, the restored warehouse will come to life with several evocative site-specific works and unique performances. Ryoko Kose’s Just Keep Going sees the Japanese-born artist use hemp yarn to create a 3D work that’ll take over the Fair’s entrance, while arts collective Skunk Control incorporate light, sound and kinetic movement to lure the audience into a seemingly transparent and derelict space. Special guest artist Dina Broadhurst will also join the 100 emerging talents. Known for her photographic collages that consider femininity, sexuality and escapism, Broadhurst has produced an exclusive limited-edition poster, as well as 300 hand-signed and numbered works for purchase. Founded by leading Los Angeles-based online art gallery Saatchi Art, The Other Art Fair is now in six creative hubs around the world, including Brooklyn, London and Sydney.
Image: Ryoko Kose, Just Keep Going