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Posted in art, fremantle by freoview on November 13, 2015

My young and very bearded mate Ross Potter’s art exhibition AS IS opens tonight at the Fremantle Moore Contemporary Art Space in Henry Street.

The photorealist large graphite drawings of heritage buildings are very Freo and very impressive, and it was good to see early this morning that some have already been sold.

Go and have a look and have a good coffee, breaky or lunch at the Moore&Moore Cafe while looking at the show.

Roel Loopers


Posted in art, fremantle by freoview on August 9, 2014

JUNCTURE is a new exhibition at the Fremantle Moores Building Contemporary Art Centre by Olivia Samec, Sandy McKendrick and Thomas Gare.

Upstairs McKendrick shows more of her impressive works made out of flotsam collected at Cocos Island and Fremantle beaches. She had similar works during last year’s Fremantle Festival in the Fishing Boat Harbour and at Kidogo Arthouse. The show works well together because it looks as if it is an installation.

That part unfortunately lets the exhibition at ground level down because it looks more like a stamp collection with far too many works cramped into the space. This especially applies to Gare’s work that also lacks soul.

There is plenty of soul and depth in the moody fire paintings by Olivai Samec. They are quite mesmerising. The large and impressive work made out of 45 small paintings is let down by the way it is displayed though, because it looks untidy. More care should have been taken with the hanging of them.

As I always say, this is just my personal opinion, and art is all about individual taste, so go and see it for yourself. The exhibition is open until August 24 from 7 am to 5 pm every day

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Posted in art, fremantle by freoview on June 30, 2014

Big Land Big Sky is a new art exhibition by Jeremy Parnell at the Moores Building Contemporary Art Centre in Henry Street, Fremantle. It’s a collection of architectural paintings, mixed media and collage. I quite like it, because it reminds me a little of the art of the early 80s. It’s nice to seeing competent art that does not follow trends and does not try to be part of the flavour of the year.

The great thing also it that the works are very affordable, with the smaller-sized ones starting at just$ 150.00. Go and check it out! The Moores is open seven days a week from 7 am to 4 pm.

Roel Loopers



Posted in art by freoview on March 31, 2014

The City of Fremantle is showing the 25under25  art show during National Youth Week.  The  exhibition is showing the works of 25 exciting young West Australian artists between the ages of 12 and 25.

The  exhibition features a vast array of work, from painting, drawing and photography to installation and video works. While some artists have focused on an innovative approach to materials and technique, others have presented strong concepts and dynamic compositions.

25under25 opens at the Moores Building Contemporary Arts Centre on Friday 4 April, 6.00–8.00pm, with live music, mocktails and award presentations. All are welcome to attend this free event and celebrate the creative achievements of 25 of Western Australia’s most talented emerging artists.

There will also be a live performance by one of the 25 exhibiting artists, Kathleen Szalay Hoffmann, of her contemporary dance piece, Dear Fred, I need more romance.  Kathleen will also be performing this piece during the opening event on Monday 7, Wednesday 9 and Friday 11 April at 3.00 pm.

Exhibiting artists are:
Bonnie Boogaard, Rebecca Brunjak, Floris Bulten, Joshua Cobb-Diamond, Victor Coufreur, Bianca Demi Roose, Alison Dickerson, Laura Edmunds, Wendy Golden, Meg Henderson, Kathleen Hoffmann, Woolin Kim, Lisa Klifunis, Carly Lynch, Michelle Maretha, Remy Anna McKay, Holly O’Meehan, Anna Louise Richardson, Cara Maria Roux, Elena Ryan, Alina Tang, Lydia Harriet Trethewey, Madeleine Waller, Lachlan Waterhouse and Marina Emily Whiteley White.

Roel Loopers



Posted in art, fremantle by freoview on March 15, 2014

The UNMASKED group exhibition at the Fremantle Moores building is proof that cream rises to the top. The artworks upstairs are all of very high quality while the ground floor exhibits are patchy, maybe the polite word to describe most of the works on that level is unresolved. The exception is the very good work by Rosina Wonglorz and to a point that of David Spencer. I enjoyed his Pacing of the Sunbear most.

Upstairs though is a whole different kettle of fish, with the superb, powerful and emotionally raw, prints by Japanese born Junko Kitamura. They are sublime and I love them! If my bank account had allowed me to do so I would have bought at least five of Junko’s works.

Mark Welsh has created a series of very challenging digital prints on etching rag. They are human faces which are likable but also somehow repulsive, and they show humanity to a deep core. I am not sure if I could live with them and see them on my walls every day though.

There is nothing challenging about Pam Langdon‘s intricate rolled up pages of books. These are very well crafted beautiful ornamental artworks that border on being kitschy, but depending on what one likes, that is not necessarily a bad thing.

Roel Loopers

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Posted in art, fremantle by freoview on March 12, 2014

Fremantle artist JUNKO KITAMURA will be one of the nine artists exhibiting UNMASKED at the Moores Building Contemporary Art Gallery in Henry Street from Friday March 14 to March 30.

I saw Junko’ prints and drawing a few years ago at her first show at the Moores and was highly impressed with the depth and powerful beauty of her work, and this show is even better, going by the preview I had.

Junko, who has a studio at the Fibonacci Centre, explained that her work is about peeling off the layers put on by society and her Japanese upbringing. It is about rediscovering self and accepting that some things never change, although one has adopted a new country.

She is also fascinated with old factories and rustic abandoned things that grow into something else after they have been discarded. She loves etching on copper plates because of the unpredictability and that it has its own energy, she can’t and does not want to control. It has unexpected effects.

The diminutive artist likes to work big, so the prints are huge and ideally suited for corporate boardrooms and receptions.

Junko is a delightful person who deserves the support of the Fremantle community, so come to the opening on Friday at 6.30.

The other artists in the show are David Spencer, Xavier Turisini, Saschka, Luke Ey, David Maisano, Pam Langdon, Mirco Bortolozzo, Rosina Wonglorz and Mark Welsh.

Roel Loopers

Junko Kitamura



Posted in fremantle by freoview on January 30, 2014

If you are a fan of art and foreign things, or if you want to go to Bali without leaving Fremantle, this Friday is just about perfect. At the Moores Building Art Centre in Henry Street is a big Multicultural Art show with very well known and lesser-known artists, while the Fremantle Arts Centre has the Bali Show. They both open at 6.30 on Friday.

I’ll go and have a look at both exhibitions and might report on them with photos on the weekend.

One never gets bored in Freo!

Roel Loopers



Posted in fremantle by freoview on January 8, 2014

Over the last weeks I have talked with many people about the Sunset Events proposal for a live music venue and  micro brewery at J Shed. One can send submissions to the City of Fremantle till January 26, so let’s have a closer look at it all.

The buzzwords in Fremantle are sustainability and reactivation and the reactivation of Arthur Head has already started by making it into the Bathers Beach Art Precinct. The Round House gets over 100,000 visitors a year, and in addition to that an estimated 40,000 people do come for a look but do not enter the old jail.

What is the purpose of reactivation and who will benefit from it? A live concert for 1,500 people late on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon or evening will do next to nothing for traders along High Street. People who go to concerts don’t go shopping and by the time the concerts start most shops will be closed. That also applies for the art galleries at Captain’s Lane and J Shed, so the only business that would benefit from the reactivation of the West End would be Sunset Events, who want to open the micro brewery music venue, and of course Freo City would make money from parking fees.

It is also unlikely that a business whose main aim it is to sell alcohol will open before midday, so there won’t be any morning activation of the area, because there won’t be a breakfast service on the beach, which would be a great inner city attraction.

Arthur Head is now officially the Bathers Beach Arts Precinct and J Shed is part of that, so any new business needs to have a strong focus on art. The number 1 gallery is a large space with a mezzanine level. It should be used similar to the Moores Building as an arts centre that also has a licensed café/bar that can cater for weddings and corporate functions, like the Moore&Moore Café does. That does not require a huge commercial kitchen but only a moderate one.

An outdoor deck, protected from the howling sea-breeze, would be a stunning destination to watch the sunset from. A place that opens for breakfast lunch and dinner, where in winter one can sit around a pot belly and hear the rain pelt down, a place from which one can go and have a swim. A place where children can play on the grassed area, once that has been landscaped appropriately, like they do at Princess May Park at Clancys.

Councillors seem to be attracted to the Sunset proposal because the company is willing to spend $ 2,5 million on the building, toilets, sewerage, etc. For that they would pay reduced rent for many years, so why does the City of Fremantle not invest its own money in our state’s most significant and important historic area and help reactivate Bathers Beach with a public toilet that will attract more people to using the inner city beach.

The popularity of such places as Bread in Common, Raw Kitchen, Chalkys, the Roasting Place, etc. shows that good hospitality outlets become destinations. They are anchor attractors for the areas they are in, without the need for weekly live open-air concerts in summer.

The Sunset Events proposal for J Shed is way over the top. It is inappropriate for, and disrespectful to historic Arthur Head. It is also disrespectful to long-time J Shed artists Greg James, Jenny Dawson, Peter Zuvela and Janet Nixon, because a big pub would interfere with the way they can run their businesses and would impact on the accessibility to their galleries.

The Sunset proposal also needs to be rejected by Fremantle council in light of the Alcohol Management Policy council only recently approved in December, where it clearly states that the City does not support businesses whose main aim it is to sell alcohol, but that is exactly what Sunset Events is proposing.

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle by freoview on September 23, 2013

Fremantle textile designers Sheree Dornan and Kelsey Ashe Giambazzi will be holding the exhibition On the Surface of their work at the Moores Building Art Centre in Henry Street from Thursday September 26. The show is only on for three days and finishes on Sunday afternoon, so don’t miss it. They will be showing digitally printed textiles, artisan objects and garments.

Roel Loopers

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Posted in fremantle by freoview on September 10, 2013

Fremantle textile designers Kelsey Ashe Giambazi and Sheree Dornan (Love in Tokyo) will be exhibiting digitally printed textiles, artisan objects and garments in an exhibition titled On The Surface at the Moores Building Contemporary Art Gallery in Henry Street from September 26-29.

Roel Loopers

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