BLINDSIDE Presents Debut XII

Words and Photos: Tim DlnBlindeside-2

What: Blindside Presents Debut XII, the 12th annual survey of recent art student grads.

Where: Blindside, which is in the Nicholas Building [CBD] Click here for maps

When: Opening Thursday 18 February, the exhibition runs until 5 March. Blindside is open Tuesday to Sunday 12 - 6pm.

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Who: Curated by Xanthe Dobbie and Caitlin Patane, featuring works by Alexander Dathe, Isabelle De Kleine, Aaron Hoffman, Ruth O'Leary, Danielle Reynolds, Joshua Stevens, Tonahalfrish and Sean Whittaker

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Why: Post Modernism taken so far that it annoys you. Debut XII is a tough exhibition to walk into unprepared, as I did the first time. It can feel simple and lazy the first time you put on the headphones attached to part of Danielle Hoffman's 'A cheeky glimpse into a vacuous hole.' But taking an almost didactic room sheet can save you from trying to kick through Aaron Hoffman's Latch. You are then able to see the different pieces of 'A cheeky glimpse...' and start to form in your own head why they're positioned around the room.

Failure is everywhere, but there is also the glimmer of a silver lining.

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This exhibition is not for everyone, those who are still holding onto ideas like 'talent' and 'skill' are warned that enter is likely to make you lose faith in humanity. But to those who do lose faith take some solace in Ruth O'Leary's Peaches, an superb work of doubt and sexiness. Build yourself up gradually with the humour of Alexander Dathe Bunch of Bananas, and eventually leave realizing failure can be celebrated as much as success.

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