Image credit: Untitled (portrait of the artists), 2018, digital collage 

Cities of Gold

Gonzalo Ceballos x Brainfoetus

3 September 2018 - 30 September 2018
Opening Thursday 6 September 6-8pm


Cities of Gold presents a constructed personal universe of emotionally charged, allegorical forms. In their first collaborative exhibition Gonzalo Ceballos and Brainfoetus (aka Laura McMahon) search for where true value lies. Their shrine-like works present idealised, imagined realities and inner narratives filled with talismans, symbols of worship, protection and rebirth, fantastical characters, and depictions of home.


Gonzalo Ceballos arrived in Melbourne at the age of four. His family fled the Pinochet regime in Chile and he grew up in the commission housing community of inner-city Melbourne. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from the Victorian College of the Arts, and has previously exhibited at Chapterhouse Lane, The Food Court, Blak Dot Gallery, c3 Contemporary Art Space, Seventh Gallery, a laundromat and a public toilet.


Laura McMahon, who signs her work Brainfoetus, is a Fremantle native now living and working in Hobart, Tasmania. Predominantly self-taught and hailing from a street art background, Laura is an emerging multi-disciplinary artist. Her work employs a host of recurring characters who appear in an increasingly elaborative narrative - which runs parallel to her own - discussing her sense of self and belonging.