[Endcreditsfilm] ARTHOUSE Mixed Grill Film music Art

Brett Hitchens bretthitch at westnet.com.au
Mon Jun 6 09:35:25 CEST 2011

Arthouse is hosting another in the Mixed Grill Series this weekend.

11 June · 18:00 - 23:30
240 Scott St (via McCoombe St)
Cairns, Australia
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The House Of Falcon
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Mixed Grill #3 - Saturday 11th June

Arthouse continues to mash-up traditional and contemporary art-making and culture, with a diverse Mixed Grill program this week.

The night will feature the early 80’s film Downtown 81, starring Jean Michel Basquiat, printmakers Elizabeth Hunter and Hannah Parker, live music with Naurita Briscoe, and a variety of performance from performance artists Hanzard, Clarinet Bayonet, Nigel Perera and Fire_Error.

Naurita Briscoe is a Kuku Yalanji artist from Mossman who has been singing and playing music since she was young, especially in the company of her two sisters. The three girls formed the group The Briscoe Sisters and spent many years playing (shows like WOMAD), recording and touring.

Naurita is now re-emerging with her own songs, and promises a warm and unique set of North Queensland roots music.

Elizabeth Hunter and Hannah Parker are artist/printmakers who live in Cairns. Both artists are expert printmakers at Djumbunji Press, and by day work with the regions leading artists in printing their works. This is an opportunity to see the printmaker’s prints.

Elizabeth’s imagery is alchemically based – her large etchings are a juxtaposition between traditional western imagery and experimental processes. Hannah’s images are derived from traditional European fairytales, which she explores using a variety of printmaking techniques.

The film Downtown 81 depicts a day in the life of a young artist who needs to raise money to reclaim the apartment from which he has been evicted. He wanders the downtown streets carrying a painting he hopes to sell, encountering friends, whose lives (and performances) we peek into.

Jean Michel Basquiat was a painter, graffiti artist, poet and musician when he played the lead in this film, which vividly depicts the explosive downtown New York art and music scene of 1980-81. Basquiat was an important figure on that scene.

The film is not a documentary, but presents a slightly exaggerated, romantic and magical version of the reality of the time. The entire cast is composed of the movers and shakers on the downtown scene.

Mixed Grill is on Saturday 11th June, at Arthouse, 240 Scott St, via McCoombe St. Doors 6.00pm, Film 7.00pm, and show from 8.00pm. Tix are $7 / 5 at the door.

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