PERF: an exhibition of new artworks by Alex Maciver

Words by Sameera Afzaal of DYNAMIQUE BLOG

Through a diversity of styles and media, Alex Maciver brings a thought-provoking exhibition to Melody Smith Gallery in Carlisle this month. A showcase of two-dimensional and three-dimensional pieces, this collection of sculptures will tickle any art lover’s fancy. The exhibition is juxtaposition in its entirety, pulling away from its surface value, meaning is found in the lines, form, shape and texture within this beautiful and brilliant display.

PERF’s opening night, presented by Coveted Events, was a collaboration between Citizens of Arcane and Alex Maciver. Maciver, a Perth based artist, is a graduate with BA (Hons) in Fine Art from Duncan of Jordanstone, Dundee University, UK. Having been involved in many artist-run initiatives, his first solo exhibition I May Live on as a Ghost was part of 2013 Fringe Festival. Rising to prominence, his works feature in both public and private collections, including City of Fremantle. Citizens of Arcane are an up and coming Australian clothing and accessories label manufacturing quality crafted apparel with a futuristic edge for men and women.

This proved to be a brilliant collaboration for the opening; as the aesthetics of both artists complimented one another. Models dressed by Citizens of Arcane were spray painted on-site in front of the audience. The night came to life when models walked out as a trio and dispersed to stand on platforms resembling the shapes of artworks in the exhibition. It was visually stunning and further complimented the uniqueness of this exhibition, providing an alternative to modern fashion and art collaboration.

The collaboration with Citizens of Arcane was unfortunately only for the opening night, however, PERF will run at Melody Smith Gallery until the 26th July 2014.

PERF is sadly the last exhibition to cross the threshold of Melody Smith Gallery’s innocuous doorstep as Ms Smith intends to relocate to Sydney in the following months; it is a great loss to the Perth arts industry and our sincerest wishes go with her on her endeavour to the east coast.

For more on Alex Maciver and his works visit his website at:

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