The Weekend Australian - Review - - Out & About - Mur­ray Bramwell

Tran­scul­tur­a­tion Can­berra-based painter Helen Tier­nan’s work of­ten ex­plores in­dige­nous cross-cul­tural in­ter­ac­tions. In Tran­scul­tur­a­tion the early colo­nial en­coun­ters in Aus­tralia by Euro­peans is drawn on with nods to var­i­ous rel­e­vant his­tor­i­cal ac­counts. The ex­hi­bi­tion will be opened to­day by renowned his­to­rian and au­thor Ian McLean, who Tier­nan has ref­er­enced in her works. Tran­scul­tur­a­tion prompts view­ers to chal­lenge pre­sent per­cep­tions of colo­nial de­pic­tions of in­dige­nous cul­ture and in­dige­nous iden­tity. Cooee Art Gallery, 31 Lam­rock Av­enue, Bondi. Opens to­day. Free ad­mis­sion. In­quiries: (02) 9300 9233 or on­line. Un­til June 3. John Olsen: The You Beaut Coun­try This ex­hi­bi­tion sur­veys John Olsen’s re­mark­able sev­en­decade ca­reer, in­clud­ing paint­ings, ce­ram­ics, tapestries and works on pa­per from col­lec­tions across Aus­tralia. It fea­tures some of his most well known and ar­rest­ing works, in­clud­ing large-scale paint­ings of Syd­ney Har­bour and Lake Eyre and his ca­reer-defin­ing land­scape se­ries The You Beaut Coun­try. Olsen is renowned for his en­er­getic paint­ing style and his lyri­cal de­pic­tions of the Aus­tralian land­scape and its life forms. The ex­hi­bi­tion traces the devel­op­ment of his spec­tac­u­lar and idio­syn­cratic vi­sion, high­light­ing his life­long in­ter­est in the nat­u­ral world and his con­tin­ued pur­suit to cap­ture the Aus­tralian iden­tity. Art Gallery of NSW, Art Gallery Road, The Do­main, Syd­ney. Tick­ets: $8-$40. Book­ings: (07) 3846 4444. Un­til June 12. Semi-Per­ma­nent This three day fes­ti­val, part of the Vivid Ideas pro­gram, presents a plethora of in­no­va­tive de­sign fore­seen to ul­ti­mately play a role in the fu­ture of our life­styles un­der the theme De­sign for Change. Ma­jor brands in­clud­ing Google, Net­flix, Pixar and Ama­zon, along­side a va­ri­ety of no­table lo­cal ar­chi­tects and de­sign­ers will come to­gether in this fes­ti­val of cre­ative think­ing. The line-up also in­cludes El­iz­a­beth Ann Macgre­gor, di­rec­tor of Syd­ney’s Mu­seum Con­tem­po­rary Art Aus­tralia; Katherine Keat­ing, pub­lisher for Vice Im­pact; Nike de­sign di­rec­tor Meirion Pritchard; and oth­ers. Semi-Per­ma­nent will also in­clude cre­ative work­shops cu­rated by the Na­tional In­sti­tute of Dra­matic Art and Hy­per Is­land and is part of the Vivid Ideas pro­gram. Car­riage­works, 245 Wil­son Street, Syd­ney. May 25 to 27. Tick­ets: $340-$765. Book­ings: (02) 8571 9099 or on­line. Mr Burns: A Post-Elec­tric Play Set in the near fu­ture, Mr Burns de­picts the US in ruin. The grid has shut down, the nu­clear power plants are sup­pu­rat­ing ra­di­a­tion and the luck­less sur­vivors gather in tiny bands. Peo­ple sit around makeshift camp­fires talk­ing and try­ing to re­mem­ber stuff from be­fore the end times, like old episodes of The Simp­sons. Grad­u­ally they re­call scraps of di­a­logue, plot se­quences, sig­na­ture catchcries and the en­twined es­o­ter­ica of in­ter­tex­tual cul­tural ref­er­ences. It is funny when a group re­con­structs the Cape Feare episode. They end up form­ing a com­pany of play­ers, com­pet­ing with ri­val troupes, per­form­ing in­ac­cu­rately re­con­structed ver­sions of Simp­sons fo­lios that might have been. Belvoir Theatre, 25 Belvoir Street, Surry Hills. Opens May 19, 8pm. Tick­ets: $37-$72. Book­ings: (02) 9699 3444 or on­line. Un­til June 25. The Pop­u­lar Me­chan­i­cals The pop­u­lar me­chan­i­cals are the six ar­ti­sans who give a daffy royal com­mand per­for­mance for the wed­ding of Th­e­seus and Hip­polyta in A Mid­sum­mer Night’s Dream. funny any more? The Help­mann Award-win­ning co­me­dian and for­mer Triple J pre­sen­ter fol­lows his 2016 award­nom­i­nated shows The World Keeps Hap­pen­ing and Bound­less Plains to Share with this new show, of­fer­ing an evening of po­lit­i­cal con­science in­ter­weaved with com­edy. Gi­ant Dwarf, 199 Cleve­land Street, Red­fern. Tonight, 9.30pm and to­mor­row, 8.30pm. Du­ra­tion: 1hr, no in­ter­val. Tick­ets: $27-$32. Book­ings: 13 28 49 or on­line.

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