15 Mar 2024 - 23 Mar 2024


Sydney artists, Christie Torrington and Keef McTwist unite like Voltron to bring you Star-Gated Communities, an exhibition of works on paper, exploring the medium of hand-cut paper collage.
Take a peek over gated walls and through curious portals to discover dystopian retro-future landscapes and cosmic visions of the past.

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Christie and Keef have a long history of creative collaboration spanning almost two decades, exhibiting together on Monsters Ink at China Heights Gallery (2006) and MASK at Pine Street Gallery (2009).

Christie Torrington is a multidisciplinary artist living and working on Bidjigal land. Her collage works utilise fragments of paper material, salvaged from spaces of personal significance. In repurposing these discarded memories, she creates dystopian narratives exploring themes of delusion, nostalgia and decay, loaded with a sense of foreboding and apprehension. This is a place where advanced civilizations clash with desolation, highlighting the fragility and futility of utopian dreams. Within these post-apocalyptic dreamscapes, a poignant intersection emerges, delicately navigating the balance between a cherished past and an impossible future.

Keef McTwist is an artist who lives and works on Gadigal land. With a background in painting, he has recently turned to hand-cut paper collage. The change has been a vastly different and rewarding process. The hunt for images, before combining, composing and culling, can often result in pieces evolving in real time to form something quite different from the original idea. The works explore a range of themes, including sci-fi, retro-futures and everyone’s favourite, ‘cosmic-surf-goth’. Geometric shapes, colours and textures combine to create snapshots from alternate universes. Viewers are invited to create their own interpretations of the stories contained within.

We invite you to join the artists for opening night drinks on Friday 15 March, from 6-10pm. The exhibition runs until Saturday 23 March 2024.

Gallery Hours: Fri: 1pm-6pm, Sat & Sun: 11am-6pm, Mon-Thurs: by appointment only, ph: 0405308151

We acknowledge and pay respect to the traditional custodians of the Gadigal land on which Tortuga is built and operates.

WHERE: Tortuga Studios
WHEN: Friday March 15th 2024
AT: 6pm-10pm


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