The Weekend Australian - Review - - Out & About - DJ

takes its name from the ti­tle of an HG Wells novel. In the book, the hero awak­ens from a 200-year coma to find him­self in a dystopian world whose ruler uses poverty and pro­pa­ganda to ex­ert their power. In this ex­hi­bi­tion, Chi­nese artists re­flect on a so­ci­ety where lim­it­less free­dom, am­bi­tion and hope ex­ist con­cur­rently with anx­i­ety, iso­la­tion and ubiq­ui­tous surveil­lance. White Rab­bit Gallery, 30 Bal­four Street, Syd­ney. In­quiries: (02) 8399 2867 or on­line. Un­til July 28. Traces Gabrielle Courte­nay’s col­lec­tion Traces in­cludes richly coloured paint­ings and sculp­tures that ex­plore her en­dur­ing fas­ci­na­tion with the sym­bol­ogy of reli­gion, love, birth, death, Snow White An­gelin Preljo­caj’s oozes sex, glam­our and fan­tasy in a vis­ually rav­ish­ing pro­duc­tion that jux­ta­poses a mon­u­men­tal, golden-hued court with the mys­te­ri­ous vi­bra­tions of the deep for­est. The fa­mil­iar nar­ra­tive is es­sen­tially in­tact but given an erotic charge. It’s clearly a ver­sion for grown-ups when cos­tum­ing du­ties are taken by Jean Paul Gaultier, whose designs are witty and re­veal­ing in more ways than one.

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