Who: Jon Frum Art Foundation and Robert Lake
Where: Damien Minton Annex Space
When: 6-25th October 2011
Time: 6-8 pm (nightly)
What: 20 consecutive days, 20 local and international artists and art groups will stage 20 one-day exhibitions.
Aim: Work together globally as artists. Support change in the art world by connecting local and international artists with each other, encouraging the attendance of commercial gallerists and art consultants and curators, providing artists with a new platform to exhibit and provide exposure for their art.
Website: www.2020art2011.com
Email: 2020art2011@gmail.com

Jon Frum Art Foundation & Robert Lake are proud to present a new model of art exhibition practice, “2020” (twenty art shows in twenty consecutive days).

The 2020 platform which is a hybrid of a number of art exhibiting models, aims to support experimental and progressive artwork, by creating a system that is part performance, part artist-run and part commercial thus enriching existing models of exhibition practice. Each morning the previous show will be dismantled and a new show will be erected for the 6-8pm opening. We are expecting to attract a new and different audience nightly increasing the cultural awareness of arts in Sydney.

In 2020, Australian and International emerging artists will be exhibiting along-side established artists, encouraging a supportive and nurturing exhibiting environment for our art contenders. The participating artists will be encouraged to liaise with one another for future exhibition opportunities, as our aim is to provide an International bond between artists, galleries and curators through the social aspect that the show will provide.

The space, courtesy of Damien Minton, provides (a) progressive change in the way we view and exhibit art in Sydney by blurring the boundaries between commercial galleries and artist run spaces; it is free for artists to exhibit, we encourage sales, and encourage commercial gallerists to view and pick artists from our 2020 selection. Each of the twenty shows will run for two hours and will be streamed live across the internet, encouraging the projects potential for world wide recognition.

With web presence, blogs and social networking tools in place we anticipate generous media coverage for the 20 days and whilst the two hour duration of each show may seem short, the exhibition will continue indefinitely in cyber space in the form of live streamed video documentation. Australian audiences are encouraged to view a new exhibition every day for twenty days, either in person or live on the web at www.2020art2011.com.

The future and long-term goal for 2020 is to exhibit annually, further bridging the gap between artists globally forming an alliance of contemporaries. As a progressive and experimental exhibition format the future of 2020 is very exciting.

We welcome you to come and review our exhibitions and to support our local art community by doing so. 2020 will run from October 6 –25, 2011 @ Damien Minton Annex Space, 583 Elizabeth Street, Redfern. For any enquiries please contact Tamara Mendels director of Jon Frum Art Foundation, email: jonfrumartfoundation@gmail.com


Jon Frum Art Foundation
Robert Lake
Damien Minton Annex Space


In 2008, Australian artists Tamara Mendels and Nicholas Pike moved to Brooklyn, New York to set up the Jon Frum Art Foundation (JFAF). The Foundation supports emerging and established artists from all over the world by providing them with a platform to exhibit and create artwork in one of the world’s biggest art centres.

Focusing primarily on the work of Australian emerging artists, JFAF yielded a great response from the US audience and was invited to participate at the Miami Art Fair in 2009.

Since its conception, JFAF has produced numerous solo and group exhibitions, presentations, performances and residencies, and in 2010 a second space was set up in Downtown Los Angeles where it continues to promote radical artwork.

After seeing the enthusiasm from American audiences and a willingness from local communities to be involved on our mission, JFAF realised the need for this mode of support to be established in Australia.



Robert Lake is an independent curator living and working in Sydney. Originally a lighting designer for the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parties in the 1980’s, Lake moved to Paris in 1988 where he studied antique restoration, and he went on to work in this field both in Paris and in Sydney on his return in 1993. During the 1990’s he continued his lighting design work for the underground queer scene. Lake’s curatorial work commenced in the early 2000’s and included several exhibitions at the Tin Sheds Gallery, University of Sydney, reflecting on queer art history. He was also instrumental in developing and establishing the commercial gallery, Gallery 9 in Darlinghurst from 2005-9, where he was also curator. Over the last 25 years he has collaborated and assisted numerous artists in realizing their projects and exhibitions, including Elizabeth Day, Simon Barney, Gary Carsley, Philip Juster and Bill Morley.

Some of his curatorial highlights include:

2011 Collage – Small Works by Philip Juster from 1978 – 2003, Tin Sheds Gallery, The
University of Sydney
2005 Seven Beauties, Tin Sheds Gallery, The University of Sydney
2004 It all started at Patches, Cross Art Projects, Kings Cross, Sydney
2003 Hung Drawn and Quartered: 25 Years 25 Artists, Tin Sheds Gallery, The
University of Sydney (co-curator Jim Anderson)
2002 Pristine Latrine, Taylor Square Heritage Toilets, Darlinghurst, Sydney (co-curator Robert
Wellington for the Gay Games)
2002 Dead Gay Artists, Tin Sheds Gallery, The University of Sydney
2001 Ante, Imperial Slacks, Surry Hills, Sydney (co-curator Ron and George Adams)


Posted by: Megan Garrett-Jones
Posted: 11 October 2011

2020: Twenty Art Shows in 20 Days could be a rom com set in New York in which a fortune-teller tells Kate Hudson that she will fall in love with an artist. Post-haste she sets about attending openings nightly, masquerading as a famous art-dealer’s daughter, or maybe a critic for an obscure high-end art magazine. At the end of all the hilarity, she realises that she is in love with her brooding, slightly geeky, but incredibly attractive male artist-friend who has been helping with her act the whole time, and whose exhibition opens on the twentieth night. His opening is a profound success, skyrocketing him to instant stardom, and the next day they are able to visit Kate’s dying grandmother for a blessing on their love.*
2020, the ambitious project undertaken by the Jon Frum Art Foundation is perhaps a slightly more highbrow affair. Over the first five days I caught Tamara Mendel’s impressive works that use resin in a paint-like manner; the pay off for them looking so cool is the works having to lie flat to dry for three months she tells me. I also bought kisses off Brown Council in a surprisingly challenging interaction, and have been treated to some art that is good enough to come all the way from America, from sci-art pioneer Andrew Krasnow (science meets art, I didn’t make that up). I also caught Matt Miller exploring that cool way that polystyrene melts when you paint it, and Andrea Monti making things that aren’t rubbish out of rubbish.
Jon Frum Art Foundation was founded by Australian artists Nick Pike and Tamara Mendels in 2008 while they were living in New York. They gained a following for their unique model of presenting and supporting artists that provides a platform, particularly for Australian artists, to exhibit “in one of the world’s biggest art centres”, by which I believe they mean New York. They have come back to us, and teamed up with Sydney curator Robert Lake who has added to an international line up a list of so-hot-right-now local artists. Hopefully this won’t be like the cargo cult association of theJon Frum Art Foundation’s namesake, a religion in Vanuatu that formed around American aid drops during WWII. Please Tamara and Nick, don’t drop candy and blankets from the sky if you are going to leave one day and never return, leaving us to cut an airstrip in the jungle at the same time every year in anticipation for your return.
There are still fifteen more nights to go, so get into it. Tonight you can catch Mary MacDougall (I fell in love with her tiny paintings when she was in the Helen Lempriere Prize one year) and Anna John, who is a sound artist and ceramicist (which will she do? Maybe both?). Alexander Jackson Wyattneeds your help to rearrange space on Friday 14 October in his solo show ‘Enough to store in a storage unit’, and Dara Gill makes good things, so see what he has made on Wednesday 19. Those are just my picks though; check the full program here.
*Copyright pending, Megan Garrett-Jones 2011.
What: 2020: Twenty Arts Shows in 20 Days

Who: Presented by the Jon Frum Art Foundation, co-curated by Robert Lake

When: Every night until October 25, 6pm-8pm

Where: Damien Minton Gallery Annex, 583 Elizabeth St, Redfern

How much: Free