The kids at Art Pharmacy have a serious ailment. Its symptoms are only temporary, manifesting in abandoned warehouses, dusty corners and empty shopfronts. No serum will suffice. No doctor can save them. They are self-diagnosed pop-up-art-show addicts, and (fortunately for us) the only known cure is more pop-up art showing.
Hence their announcement of back-to-back exhibitions this May at Under New Management, Darlinghurst's home of the pop-up. The first, City vs Nature, runs until Sunday, May 12. It features 20 Australian artists and 85 original works which explore the relationship between the urban and natural world through illustration, watercolour, collage, wood and paint. Every piece is available for purchase ($100-250), super-small (A5) and one of a kind. Perfect for the cash- and/or space-strapped art lover.
You'll need to hop in quick, though, because Art Pharmacy’s second show, Contemporary Urbanism, will be popping up in the same space on Thursday, May 16, at 6pm (RSVP for the launch here). In this exhibition, five emerging artists will present scenes from the streets, bringing both the grit and vibrancy of urbanity to 118 Oxford Street. If you like undertones of humour and wit in your art, this is the show for you.
The opening hours are a bit sporadic, in true pop-up style, so click here to find out when you can swing by for these elusive gallery invasions.
Image: The Brickworks by Thomas Wilcox