Photos: Gallery Flaneur.
Have you seen Gallery Flaneur, Adelaide’s smallest gallery? The tiny, hole-in-the-wall art show is located on Fisher Place and is hosting a new exhibition tonight.
The self-proclaimed smallest gallery in Australia is hosting an exhibition tonight, showcasing the work of Adelaide artist, Marusja Maria Kharitonova. She explained the magical inspiration behind her work.
“‘The Cabinet or Dreams’ is inspired by creation of my own dream worlds where everything is calm and magical. I’ve always wanted to live in a faerie world, so a lot of my work is inspired by folk and magic tales and art,” the artist says.
“I’ve always liked drawing and painting. I grew up in Russia, where I attended a special arts school in addition to regular school. I’ve learnt a lot of classical techniques there. Later I got my Bachelor of Illustration and now I’m studying to become a Visual Arts teacher. Over the years, I’ve experimented with lots of different mediums from watercolour painting to ceramics.”
The driving force behind the mini Gallery Flaneur is Sarah Maddock and Matt Jorgensen. They kickstarted the gallery as a not-for-profit enterprise and get a whopping 8,000 people who pass through their gallery each day!
You might be thinking, 8,000 people… That is a lot! That’s because the gallery is less than one cubic metre in size and is situated right on Gawler Place.
“The fact that we’re open to young, emerging artists and established artists as well is such a drawcard for us,” Matt says.
“I often talk about it being the smallest gallery with the biggest viewer number!”
Matt said the gallery generally features Adelaide based artists, but thanks to the wonders of the internet, they were able to live stream past exhibitions nationally.
“We’re all about getting people out of the house and exploring the world we live in.”
The Cabinet of Dreams aims to take you to a dreamy, cosy place where ideas and memories flood your mind.
Following the half-hour exhibition, artists and art lovers alike are invited to the Richmond Hotel for some evening drinks. Tonight’s exhibition launches at 6pm.