Luke Temby (CUPCO) - Domestic Bliss

October 21st – November 12th

Opening Friday October 21st, 6-8pm

Free Beading Workshop Saturday 22nd October, 10am-12pm


Taking SpongeBob Squarepants and an obsession with cleaning products as a starting point, ‘Domestic Bliss’ is a solo exhibition of new works by Sydneybased artist Luke Temby (CUPCO), curated by Sophia Cai, that explores dual ideas of domesticity and the unexpected joys of the mundane.

By using common household items, handcrafted techniques like sewing and embroidery, and coupling them with recognisable pop icons and cartoon characters, Temby’s exhibition critically yet playfully considers the commodification of the everyday, as well as exploring gendered divisions of domestic labour and the image of a stereotypical housewife.
About the artist

Luke Temby (aka CUPCO) is a Sydney-based artist known for his signature brand of pop-inspired art that at once celebrates and satirises the ludicrous nature of modern society. Temby is heavily influenced by Japanese culture and aesthetics, having lived and worked there for many years. Using handcrafted techniques such as sewing and embroidery, Temby’s work contrast a ‘cute’ aesthetic with edgy, controversial and transgressive content.

About the curator

Sophia Cai is an emerging curator, writer and art historian with a particular interest in contemporary Asian art as well as craft-based practices. She completed a Masters in History of Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London and has been living in Melbourne since 2014.

Are your sponges and scourers looking drab and boring? Do you need some arty farty sparkle in your life? Want to be taught something new by the the craftiest wizard? Come and decorate your sponges with CUPCO aka Luke Temby in this free hands-on workshop. All welcome. Supplies provided.