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Spook House


Opening Night - 6pm Wednesday Oct 20
Special Closing Night Halloween Party - 7pm Saturday Oct 30

English born Sydney based artist Steven Nuttall practises in a mixture of illustration animation and sculpture art under the name Automaton. Since graduating from his honours year at Sydney Collage of the Arts in 2007 where he studied experimental film and animation, Automaton has gone on to work extensively with illustration and digital media, producing a large series of print works, comics and commercial designs. More recently after returning from world travels Automaton established a full time studio practice where he works late into the night on a mixture of various projects. Some of Automatons latest work includes music video animation, tattoo design, live sketch performance, a series of one off illustration/painting works and new sculpture pieces which have been exhibited in a variety of group shows around Sydney. 

Automatons art deals with a wide variety of subject matter however at the core, the work hinges on a deep grounding within Romanticism, Narrative and the concept of the eternal, these themes often manifesting as the many characters of Automatons world. Characterisation comes almost naturally to Automatons art, growing up influenced by a mix of both humorous western comics and confronting eastern anime, Automatons art draws from both of these worlds, while making a conscious effort not to directly references them. The work aims to challenge the viewer by presenting two opposing world within one frame, creating imagery that is both endearing and confronting, colourful yet sparse, and more often than not both humorous and dark.

For this exhibition there will be two events of note. On the 20th of October you will see your average neighborhood gallery opening, with a lot of chin stroking, back patting, saying "hmmmm a lot and perhaps some blood wine and mouldy cheese. We hope you can come along, it starts at 6pm.

However, for the final night of SPOOK HOUSE there will be a grand closing night Halloween Ball!!! A night of illustration, sculpture, masks, face painting, booze and a line up of the most evil and erotic bands from the very depths of the netherworld to shake your booty and chill you to the bone!!! Bands performing on the night include Hira Hira, Crab Smasher, Mere Women, Let Me Down Jungleman Gently, and Little A.
Come along to the closing night party in spooky costume and you will receive a limited edition SPOOK HOUSE spooky face mask to party the night away in. It starts at 7pm and will continue until the clock ticks over to HALLOWEEN.

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