‘From Mundane to Friday’ paints a fascinating portrait of life in Melbourne

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The new exhibition at the City Gallery in Melbourne Town Hall tessellates art with found objects, in crafting an intimate and fascinating portrait of pandemic life in Melbourne.

Discarded shopping lists, the contents of a ticket inspector’s jacket and ceramic recreations of store closing signs all find a home at From Mundane to Friday: The Art of Everyday Melbourne, an exhibition that seeks to highlight the beauty and art found in the ordinary, the everyday, the mundane.

The essence of the pandemic and the effects that the past two years have had on the city can be felt within these objects – from replicas of shopping lists and signs hanging on the front doors of businesses, the works in the exhibit capture the unease of those unprecedented times.

What you need to know

  • From Mundane to Friday: The Art of Everyday Melbourne is showing at the City Gallery
  • The exhibition is a celebration of everyday Melbourne life in the pandemic
  • It will run from April 20 – July 22 and entry is free

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“While shopping lists may appear to simply capture mundane everyday life, these past two years have produced a form of everyday life that has been anything but mundane,” states ceramic artist, Kenny Pittock, on his unusual fascination with abandoned shopping lists.

“Our world has changed during the pandemic, and this is reflected in our buying patterns. One of the lists featured here reads: Get pkt rice if you can and Butter chicken or something else. When panic buying struck, many lists began to include back-up plans for when a first preference wasn’t in stock. The lists also began to reflect a shift towards community spirit; for instance, one list includes Chocolates for neighbors.”

The exhibition features works from Peter Atkins, Lorraine Connelly-Northey, Elizabeth Gower, Ghost Net Art Project, Louiseann King, Jesse Marlow, Kenny Pittock and Patrick Pound.

Find out more about the exhibition by heading here.

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