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love.exe

Jarra Karalinar Steel

Presented by Arts House as part of BLEED 2024

Friday 30 August – Saturday 28 September 2024
Mon – Fri, 10:30am – 4:30pm 
Sat, 11am – 4pm 
Closed Sunday and public holidays

FREE – no bookings required

Arts House
North Melbourne Town Hall
521 Queensberry St,
North Melbourne

Public program of access services will be announced 22 July 2024.  

An access guide will be available prior to the exhibition.

Wheelchair Accessible
Quiet Space Available
Assistance Animal
Visual Rating 75%
Aural Rating 50%

Enter a world of digital romance, social surrogacy and immersive art.   

Inspired by fandom and the companion characters of Baldur’s Gate 3, love.exe explores how we can seek solace, connection, validation – and love – in the digital realm.  

Audiences are invited to navigate a playful and immersive installation space where shrines devoted to these iconic videogame characters are infused with a vibrant collision of geek culture, kitsch romance and Jarra Karalinar Steel’s signature Blak style.   

On the BLEED website, indulge in the bleed between roleplay and reality. Audiences are asked to write their own devotional tribute to their favourite companions – creating a digital bank of love letters celebrating fandom and fantasy.  

love.exe traverses the romantic and emotional landscapes that emerge when we fall deeply into another world, and deeply in love with its inhabitants.  

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About the artist

Jarra is a multidisciplinary artist known for her Melbourne Art Tram, the curation of Rising Melbourne art trams 2022-2024, her powerful poster art, large-scale public installations, LED Wurrung works, augmented reality, digital art, game design, emu egg engravings, and commemorative signage.

Jarra’s work explores her identity, memories, future folklore, Blak Futurism and her lived experiences growing up in Melbourne and living on country surrounded by culture with knowledge passed down through her family and Elders.

Her focus in public/community art looks at ways to insert contemporary cultural visual language into the urban and/or digital landscape by reclaiming space and belonging through visual storytelling.

Over the last few years Jarra has been exploring this story telling through video game design.

Jarra translates all this through her own contemporary lens, evolving it respectfully with Elder permission in whatever form that it leads her to. Using personal iconography to create objects using mix mediums including natural materials (emu eggs), found objects, resin, led lighting and computer aided design.

Over the last few years she has embraced bright vibrant colours which she draws from not only growing up in an urban environment with a love of street art but she is also inspired by the colours of nature around her. The main colours she uses are inspired by the blue sky, native wattle, kangaroo apple flowers and pigface flowers.

She uses these for many personal reasons, one of which is to draw the eye in to make the unseen, seen. Showing the unseen parts of herself and community, culture and the stories she creates.
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Artistic credits

Artist: Jarra Karalinar Steel

Details

Presented by Arts House as part of BLEED 2024

Friday 30 August – Saturday 28 September 2024
Mon – Fri, 10:30am – 4:30pm 
Sat, 11am – 4pm 
Closed Sunday and public holidays

FREE – no bookings required

Arts House
North Melbourne Town Hall
521 Queensberry St,
North Melbourne

Public program of access services will be announced 22 July 2024.  

An access guide will be available prior to the exhibition.

Wheelchair Accessible
Quiet Space Available
Assistance Animal
Visual Rating 75%
Aural Rating 50%

Image: Jarra Karalinar Steel

Image description: A pattern of love hearts and diamonds in purple.