WORK IN PROGRESS: MERIVALE’S NEW ART-BASED POP-UP
‘WORK IN PROGRESS’
MERIVALE’S NEW ART-BASED POP-UP BAR OPENS 1 MAY
Work in Progress, Merivale’s new bar in Sydney’s CBD, will officially open its doors on Thursday 1 May. The art-based pop-up is curated by Glenn Barkley, former Senior Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, and features the distinctive and energetic work of Darwin-based pop artist, Franck Gohier. The bar will serve traditional Thai street food and offer a short but ever changing cocktail menu.
With a witty and nostalgic pop-art aesthetic, Franck Gohier has been heralded as one of the best non-indigenous artists to come out of the Northern Territory. Using a collision of materials and images from comic books and pulp advertising, Franck has transformed the King Street venue into a high-pitched pop art installation.
Franck Gohier said: “Sydney is a beautiful and vibrant city with a rich and gritty history. I wanted to bring the streets of Sydney into the venue and onto its walls, creating a myth about the city as seen through the eyes of an outsider. Work in Progress really was a dream commission for me and I can’t wait for people to experience it”.
The kitchen is headed up by the talented Air Jantrakool who joins Merivale following many impressive years at Sailors Thai Canteen. Air has designed a traditional Thai street food menu, perfect for sharing with cocktails in the neon-charged art space. Some of the signature dishes include betel leaf wraps with smoked trout, fresh ginger, lime and roasted coconut; marinated minced prawns wrapped with egg noodles and plum sauce; crispy pork belly in hot sweet and sour sauce; and southern curry of barramundi with bamboo and Thai basil.
Merivale’s Group Bars Manager, Paul Mant, alongside Head Bartender, Peter Ehemann (ex hemmesphere), have together created a fresh juice-based cocktail menu that will change daily. A succinct selection of beer and wine will also be available.