'AS IF'

Oslo Davis

n his first solo gallery exhibition in more than four years, Oslo Davis serves up a veritable mixed bean salad of art, jokes and furniture. Titled 'AS IF', Oslo’s exhibition of varying styles is arranged sensibly across the four walls of Lamington Drive Gallery, as the inaugural show for their new Collingwood location.

Art Exhibition previously on at Lamington Drive in Victoria, Australia.
From Thursday 06 March 2014 to Saturday 29 March 2014

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Published by Lamington Drive on Friday 27 March 2015.
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One wall showcases what Oslo Davis calls ‘Improvements On Australian Art’ – a collection of large oil paintings that take iconic works by Sidney Nolan, Brett Whiteley, Russell Drysdale and Howard Arkley and subject them to pithy internet-meme- type jokes.Elsewhere Oslo gives us a collection of large black and white drawings and cartoons, that remind us of the work of Raymond Pettibon, but with more (attempted) humour.
The remaining section of ‘AS IF’ features pieces selected from hundreds of cartoons Oslo has done for newspapers and magazines over the last ten years. Here, Oslo gives us originals, oil painting reproductions and the ephemera that goes into making his funny cartoons. It’s a dog’s breakfast/ collage affair that provides some insight into Oslo’s joke- making and creative technique.
Other bits a bobs (such as a one-off Japanese ‘zaishu’ stool featuring dramatically illustrated facial expressions of Mercedes Corby, and a handkerchief design for men) round out ‘AS IF’ – an eclectic exhibition to say the least.