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By Hilary Simmons
April 01, 2013
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By Hilary Simmons
April 01, 2013
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Lost in Space, Loosely Speaking and Royalty are three new exhibitions at the ever-experimental Gertrude Contemporary, Melborne's first and best executed combined gallery and studio complex.

Dan Moynihan's Lost in Space is an exhibition within an exhibition. Without descending into Matrix-style lingo, Moynihan devises a fantasy art gallery within the front space in which to live out an alternative version of his artistic career. This installation leads all those who enter his faux space into fictional scenarios inspired by his previous art residencies, train station encounters and artistic angst.

Loosely Speaking is a collaborative effort between Ruth Buchanan, Sarah Crowest and Adele Mills. It considers the slippery logic of language and the inconsistencies of social expectations. The three women use sound, video and sculpture to gently point out how easily words and gestures can fall into the gap between understanding and misunderstanding.

Reko Rennie's Royalty puts urban Aboriginal issues up in neon lights. As a Gertrude Contemporary studio artist, he draws upon local graffiti and streetscapes to feed his enduring passion for exploring contemporary Aboriginal identity via spray paint, installation and projection.

While each exhibition is unique, they are all linked by a desire to recreate the spaces we move through unthinkingly, the interactions we crave automatically, and the city we take for granted.

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