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Benja Harney's Paper Attic


8th August, 2011
Lucy Feagins
Monday 8th August 2011

Paper Creations by Benja Harney for his current solo show, 'The Paper Attic' at Object Gallery in Sydney

I must admit Melbourne has been getting a lot of TDF love of late, what with all the festival happenings here recently.  BUT today's post goes out to the Sydneysiders, who are currently enjoying Sydney Design, an annual festival produced by the Powerhouse Museum.  One MUST SEE event this year is Benja Harney's first solo show, entitled 'The Paper Attic' at Object Gallery.  Curated by Tara D’cruz-Noble, the exhibition brings together a collection of Benja's finely crafted works, resembling objects that one might find within an attic room - such as old records, letters, long forgotten toys and crazy inventions.  It looks freaking A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.  I mean, PAPER ICE SKATES, complete with paper shoelaces!?  Brilliant.

If you've been reading for a while, I'm sure you will recall Benja's incredible paper creations - I interviewed him a long time ago over here.  Benja has a great blog which documents much of his work - including a recent commission for, Ahem, KYLIE MINOGUE.  Pop over to see pics of Ms Minoque beaming with her very own Benja Harney pop-up!

The Paper Attic runs at Object Gallery until 25 September.  Benja fans will be excited to know that if you pop in to view the show this Thursday evening, you will have the opportunity to meet the paper-guru himself!  The gallery is open until 8.00pm this Thursday only, and Benja will be on hand to talk to visitors about his work.  Say hello from me!

The Paper Attic
Object Gallery Project Space
417 Bourke Street
Surry Hills

Open Tuesday to Friday 11.00am - 5.00pm.
Open Saturday and Sunday 10.00am – 5.00pm.
Meet Benja this Thursday August 11th, 6.00pm until 8.00pm!

Free admission

A glimpse of Benja Harney in his workshop can be seen in the Sydney Design 2011 Facebook Behind the Scenes photo gallery!

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