Open - The first show of 2015
11 February to 01 March
Open - The first show of 2015
69 Smith St Members' Show
This iconic Artist Run gallery was closed in November last year.
This exhibition is the first show in what we hope will be a revitalised gallery.
The future is in the hands of the members - so come and lend your support to the gallery's continued existence.
Opening: Saturday 14th February 4pm - 6pm
Dates: Wednesday 11th February - Sunday 1st March
Hours: 11am - 5pm Wednesday to Saturday, 12pm - 5pm Sunday
Ten Artists Present
04 March to 22 March
Noel Bruzzese, Jan Herrerra, Michael Cuthbert, Allison Orton, Marianne Little, Judith Leuenberger, Deb Ball, Di Cunningham, Amanda Gray, Hans Eftermeyer
Home and Away
25 March to 12 April
Home and Away
David Porter, Sadie Chandler, Konrad Winkler, Sophie Xeros -Constantinides, Malcolm Gartside, Sophie Chandler, Ros Winkler, Julie Goodwin, Jane Chandler.
Home And Away, is an expansive theme but curator Jane Chandler has met the challenge with a selection of work by nine artists. At times the exhibition sits us down in quiet domesticity and then, just as we are starting to feel comfortably at home, we are thrown out into the wilds to find our way deep into the unknowns of the imagination.
In conjunction with the Home and Away exhibition, 69 Smith St Gallery will also be exhibiting of the works of a variety of visual artists including Michele Donegan, Bernadette Boundy, Birgit Kreuzkamp, Betty Nicholson and Heather King.
Landscapes, Nature & the Human Form
15 April to 03 May
Landscapes, Nature & the Human Form
Lieng Lay, Olga Tsara, Leonie Kervin, Frances Monro, Kylie Gerber, Deb Ball, Sally D'Orsogna, Cathy Hayward, Heather King and Ingrid K Brooker
69 Smith St Gallery is pleased to announce our fourth show for the year. We have a varied line-up of exhibiting artists showing a diverse range of media - including painting, photography, sculpture and jewellery.
Please join us for the opening on Saturday 18th April from 4 - 6pm. Or visit the gallery between April 15th and May 3rd to view the show.
Artists: Lieng Lay, Olga Tsara, Leonie Kervin, Frances Monro, Kylie Gerber, Deb Ball, Sally D'Orsogna, Cathy Hayward, Heather King and Ingrid K Brooker.
Opening: Saturday April 18th. 4 - 6 p.m.
Exhibition: April15th - May 3rd
Hours: Wednesday - Saturday, 11am - 5.00 p.m. Sundays 12 - 5.00 p.m.
Places and Faces
06 May to 24 May
Emma Blee, Jemal M. Hussien, Mohammad Khazane, Ameen Al Jamali, Pol McMahon, Betty Nicholson and Fionna Madigan
69 Smith St Gallery is pleased to announce our fifth show for the year. We have a varied line-up of exhibiting artists showing a diverse range of media - including photography, painting and drawing.
Please join us for the opening on Saturday the 9th of May from 4-6 pm. Or visit the gallery between 6th of May and 24th of May to view the show.
OPENING: Saturday 9th of May 4 -6 pm
Exhibition: May 6th - May 24th
Hours: Wednesday - Saturday, 11am - 5pm. Sunday 12 - 5th
Places and Faces
Emma Blee is an artist and photographer whose work is inspired by the places she visits and the people in those places. 'Places and Faces' is a series of photographs of each reflecting experiences over the last three years.
Jemal M. Hussien, Mohammad Khazane and Ameen Al
A photographic exhibition by three asylum seekers documenting their new lives in Melbourne, Australia. Bridging is a photovoice project developed by the Brotherhood of St Laurence in partnership with photographer Misho Baranovic. Over three months, Jemal M. Hussien, Mohammad Khazane and Ameen Al Jamali took part in photography workshops that helped them document their daily lives in Melbourne. The resulting photographs provide a unique insight into what it’s like to start their life in Australia.
Pol McMahon is a local artist. These images are part of a series of suburbs including Yarraville, Footscray, Fitzroy and Northcote.
Originally using beer cans and finally plumbers flashing, each picture begins with biro. Multiples are then printed by etching press ("Flashpoint prints") and painted with Rowney drawing inks. The speed of change in habitat is a general theme.
'My work is a reflection of my response to a wide range of issues that arise in our lifetime. It is a search for understanding why humans have to suffer and how much of this suffering arises from our beliefs and superstitions.'
'War does not determine who is right - only who is left.' - Bertrand Russell
This small body of work represents my continued investigation into the use of encaustic and cold wax. I am drawn to the visual depth, luminosity and rich array of creative processes afforded by these mediums. Encaustic is a molten blend of pigmented beeswax and damar resin which 'sets' immediately when applied to the substrate and is then fused with a blowtorch. The immediate quality of encaustic means that I need to summon an absolute commitment to every mark/line/gesture. In contrast, cold wax remains malleable for some time; it contains solvent and eventually cures through oxidative reaction.This allows me a sumptuous opportunity to manipulate the paint in a a variety of ways. I particularly like to work subtractively, rubbing back and excavating into earlier layers. The juxtaposition of the static encaustic, and the pliant cold wax, set up a dynamic tension which I experience as compelling
INfinite Variation, INfinite Possibility
27 May to 14 May
69 Smith St Gallery's sixth exhibition for the year featuring new works by Alexi Kaye, Jullie Millowick and Christine Sayer, Rafael de la Paz, Carol Rowlands.
We are also hosting a group show with a variety of works by Ali Tabbit, Annette McCrae, Bernadette Boundy, Betty Nicholson, Carol Rowlands, Di Cunningham, Eddie Botha, Erich Schipp, Fionna Madigan, Hans Erftermeyer, Jacinta Martin, Jan Dunphy, Jan Herrera, Justine Cromb, Leonie Kervin, Merle Parker, Nick Hand, Prue Clements, Rom Jagielski.
OPENING: Saturday 30th of May 4 -6 pm
Exhibition: May 27th - June 14th
Hours: Wednesday - Saturday, 11am - 5pm. Sunday 12 - 5th
INfinite Variation, INfinite Possibility
The works in this series explores a sense of within and without – how the simple relates to the complex and the complex to the simple. The largest space eventually becomes the smallest point and vice versa.
Influenced strongly by her birth country, South Africa, Alexi Kaye’s pieces encapsulate a depth of a mystical nature. The organic and highly sophisticated works, drawn with fine-liner and ink pen on black and white paper, create a sense of movement and of dance, within a context of repetition.
Alexi Kaye uses shapes and lines to create vibrancy and depth in pattern whilst engaging in an exploration of what creation is – revealing to herself in the process that creation is the ever becoming of infinite combination.
Before : Photographs from the 1970’s
The images are digital copies of silver gelatin prints captured during the 1970’s, using a Nikon F film camera and one lens - a 50 mm standard.With that camera hanging over my shoulder, I walked around St Kilda [where I lived] and Fitzroy [where I did pro bono work for the Brotherhood of St Laurence]. And.....I talked to people. Sometimes I made a photograph of them, and sometimes I didn’t.
There seems to be a quietness [for want of a better word] about the photographs that reflect the long ago decade of the 1970’s. A time that was definitely pre-digital. A time that was definitely prior to the daily saturation in our lives of the photographic image.
Deconstructing Dementia - a Carer's Perspective
In 2012 my mother was diagnosed with early onset dementia, and at that point she did not want anyone to know. But then, in 2013, much as Hazel Hawke did in the early stages of her Dementia diagnosis, my mother decided to not only speak out about her condition, but she suggested working with me to highlight the difficulties we both faced/would face in our roles as sufferer and carer. My mother initiated the idea of a collaboration between us, and the research project Deconstructing Dementia - a Carer's Perspective commenced.
The journey through life encompasses an ever changing view of places, people and ideas as we pass through time and space. We become voyeurs in landscapes that reflect others’ agendas, interests and dreams. We pass changing colours, textures and geometric shapes. Buildings and countryside are erased and re-built to suit a changing environment and clientele. We can ignore, dislike or enjoy this evolving environment. Industrial developments, multi-storied apartments and gated estates rise where green rural belts were the norm. Life’s boundaries are renegotiated.
Rafael de la Paz
I like to paint everyday things and people that interest me particularly people with strong faces. I like to explore new techniques and colours I am also interested in using a limited palette. I keep trying to improve my skills with each painting I do.
Ali Tabbit, Annette McCrae, Bernadette Boundy, Betty Nicholson, Carol Rowlands, Di Cunningham, Eddie Botha, Erich Schipp, Fionna Madigan, Hans Erftermeyer, Jacinta Martin, Jan Dunphy, Jan Herrera, Justine Cromb, Leonie Kervin, Merle Parker, Nick Hand, Prue Clements, Rom Jagielski
Views of Our World
17 June to 05 July
Quiet Land is a selection of landscape photography exploring landscape from a metaphoric perspective. The landscapes carry an intensity, a sense of presence. One image "Beyond" - a Finalist in the 2012 Blake Art Prize - is simply the image of a tree , but it is cave-like, like an entry into another world. Is it natural or is it man-made? What lies beyond? A bike path embankment looks like an ancient face, other images speak through their stillness. Quiet Land explores the mystery, and otherness in landscapes. The best photos speak for themselves: a world of secrets far beyond the footsteps of man.
Melton is one of the fastest growing and affordable suburbs in Victoria, located approximately 40Km from Melbourne’s CBD. Many people say we are seeing the end of affordable home ownership and in a way to me Melton represents a sad sort of last stand of the Australian dream. The culture of the place I suspect is a direct result of that. I’m sure nobody really dreams of living there. Objects past loved, worn out, or so devaluated that nobody wants them also end up here where they may have a new life or final ending. These are small paintings as they are commenced as plein air sketches. This is Melton as I experienced it.
Voids Between Us
Erich's work is based off a style of abstract expressionism which was inspired and heavily influenced by his mentor and father Heinz Helmut. All paintings produced are hand made from recycled timber and canvas sealed using rabbit skin glue.
This body of work is a collaboration of two painting series. One of which was developed last year based on a solo motorcycle trip around Australia, titled Long Roads. The other half of this exhibition is a body of work developed over the last five years titled Voids Between Us. The purpose of this work is to show the viewer the connection of our own humanity and our understanding of that within the universe we live in. Using deep oil colours, texture and shape to express this idea further
This group of works was inspired by the landscape of Wilsons Prom a short time after fire burnt through a large area of the park and left a vertical pattern of black and burnt trees against a scarred horizontal background.
The works are a combination of drawing, photos and manipulated handmade paper.
To control and manipulate the natural
Within shed, laboratories and kitchens
We play at being the creator
Blurring the lines between
Animal, vegetable and mineral
Fauna, flora and ore
Form and functions, transposed and confused
Curious and harmonious
From museum artefact to domestic display
Our gardens of unNatural Hybirds
Marianne Little, Justine Cromb, Helen McPherson, Merle Parker, Carol Rowlands and Birgit Kreuzkamp.
08 July to 26 July
3D artworks from the studio of Dr Lionel Theodore Dean
Dr Lionel Theodore Dean
When artists talk about their great designs they don’t normally list engineers as the source of their inspiration, but 69 Smith Street Gallery from 8th July to 28th July, will showcase the collision between the two worlds as UK-based industrial designer turned
studio artist Dr Lionel Theodore Dean exhibits his artwork, created using 3D printing technology.
A “product artist”, Dr Dean, who studied at London’s Royal College of Art before working as an automotive designer, is just one example of how the world of design and engineering are fusing together to create real-world solutions.
He is a researcher in the School of Design at De Montfort University in Leicester, UK. He is in Australia for the first International Design
Technology Conference being hosted by Deakin University.
Dr Dean is the artist and driving force behind the Future Factories studio. The practice focuses exclusively on Direct Digital manufacturing; 3D Printing, Additive Manufacturing or Rapid Prototyping technologies applied to the creation of end-use products. For more information go to www.futurefactories.com
Book in a Bag exhibition by 69 Smith St Members
More than 40 artists from the 69 Smith St Gallery community will display their works, inspired by their choice of a mystery book in a bag. In May, the artists were given a mystery parcel – a book in a bag – their responses will be on display from 8thJuly to 26th July.
The works range from sculptures, installations, paintings, photographs, drawings and other kinds of mixed media. The artists have challenged themselves with the diversity of their responses and they hope that you will be surprised and delighted.
Movement, Reflections and Observations
29 July to 16 August
Featuring new works by Santo Casella, Simon Watts, Nigel Tan, Andrea Hughes and Jan Herrera. We are also hosting a group show with a variety of works the Phoenix painting group.
Exhibition: Wed 29th July to Sun 16th August 2015
Hours: Wed - Sat 11am - 5pm. Sun 12 - 5pm
Please join us for the opening on Saturday August 1st at 4pm.
Circus and Dance.
I developed a fascination for movement through my daughters’ involvement in both. My love of colour developed as a small child by spending what time my dad and I had together taking walks in our local Sicilian forest to collect mushrooms. This was the time of the WW11when we saw little of our dad. These walks were treasured by us both. My family migrated to Australia in 1951. Much of my spare time after arriving in Australia (Brisbane) was spent visiting the nearby Queensland Art Gallery. As a young lad I started formal lessons in painting by doing life classes with the late Jon Molvig.
My art studies continued with both Betty and Roy Churcher, Melville Haysom, Merv Moriarty, David Paulson and Ian Smith. I gained a Diploma of Fine Art from the Queensland College of Art and went on to achieve a Bachelor of Arts with a Fine Art Major at the University of Queensland.
Work I have done in the Arts sector include: Multicultural Arts Officer with the Ethnic Communities’ Council of
Queensland, Manager - Hoisser Art Gallery, part-time art teacher and now I am a full-time artist. I was also a volunteer Guide with the Queensland Art Gallery.
I have an aversion to everyone's obsession with everything being 'Just so'. I prefer the imperfections of life and find great beauty in things that are a little off. Something or someone that's lived a life wears that experience like a second skin and the marks and scars tell a far better story than something that looks like it's never been used. I don't want to make things perfect, I deliberately do the opposite to try and make things interesting. In trying to let go of life's hangups I feel like I'm in the process of discovering what's important. Whether I'll find it or not is another story.
Three Acts is the onerous narrative of our inner being. This fluctuation between desire and abandonment bothers us on a daily basis, bringing about a repetitive turmoil when left unsettled.
These three separate yet interlinked pieces explore the escape from the silent struggle between right and wrong based on individual ethics and experiences. Inspired by the Japanese, these pieces highlight my personal encounter and understanding of the culture through past events, stories and travels.
Under the Microscope
This exhibition includes a series of my small and medium scale works on perspex and linen, created while studying for the Advanced Diploma of Visual Art at RMIT. In the works, I’ve explored the movement of various mediums - including acrylic, oil paint and glues - and their reaction to pressure and surface.
My conceptual premise evolved from my memories of freedom in play while growing up in the seventies and eighties, including the magical places I was able to explore. Today, children have so many constraints and controls imposed on them by their parents and society in general. This prompted me to investigate ideas around free play, while also imposing some constraints such as colour and shape in the initial works. I then opened up my works further by broadening my exploration of colour, shape and surface.
Encaustic wax has been around for thousands of years, used by the Egyptians to waterproof and decorate their boats.
Today encaustic has had a revitalisation as an art form, I have made a series of panel in Encaustic which are my journey of exploration and experimentation, encaustic medium is incredibly versatile it can be poured, carved, sculptured, layered, collaged and pigmented.
The only rule in encaustic is that there are no rules.
Phoenix Group Show
The Phoenix art group, which nests by the Maribyrnong River, has created serious themes and strong works. Ranging across portraits, scenes and landscapes, in paint, pastel and charcoal, they are works of substance, line and colour.
Reflections and Dialogues
19 August to 06 September
Rob Hall, Minna Loft, Madeleine Palser Barto, Celeste Magee, Jack Standaar, Laura Johnston, Alexander Stimpson, Carol Rowlands
You are invited to Natural Dialogues our tenth group of exhibitions for 2015.
Featuring works by Rob Hall, Minna Loft, Madeleine Palser Barto, Celeste Magee, Jack Standaar, Laura Johnston, Alexander Stimpson, Carol Rowlands and items from a workshop run by Lorna Crane at 69 Smith St Gallery on August 7th & 8th.
Please join the artists at the opening Saturday 21st August 4pm - 6pm
Exhibition: 19th August to 6th Sept
Hours: Wed - Sat, 11am - 5pm. Sunday 12 - 5pm
Eucalyptus leaves have a surface that reflect light
Millions of tiny mirrors can take in a lot of sky
Minna Loft’s jewellery works were created in response to many days spent together with different women exchanging skills and ideas. The final objects are the tangible result of communication that has occurred throughout the making process. The jewellery pieces created are made using skills such as beading and textile related crafts taught to Minna by women with a diverse range of backgrounds. Meet Me is an opportunity for her to honour the skills of these women she has worked with and to encourage dialogue on how craft is appreciated both locally and globally.
RMIT visual arts students
Celeste Magee, Jack Standaar, Laura Johnston and Alexander Stimpson are a group of contemporary painters whose work spans the genres of stylized portraiture, photo based realism and areal abstraction. Their practice aims to juxtapose traditional and contemporary painting styles through use of lighting, method of application, process and subject matter. The group's diverse body of work comes together around the idea of mindfulness and appreciation of the beauty within the ordinary. Whether it is through the natural patterns of paint coagulating, the corner of a blurred photograph, the simplicity of an urban structure or the transformation of forgotten materials, each artist finds a way to celebrate aspects of life that are too often ignored.
My garden is an ever changing place, mysterious and sometimes dangerous. A microcosm reflecting a species’ defeat and victory.
The garden appears beautiful and serene, hiding the cruelties of the natural world. Watching, we are voyeurs in landscapes that reflect others’ agendas, interests and dreams.
In our own garden we view the changing buildings, colours, textures and shapes of nature. Buildings and nature are conjoined, momentarily. But the garden can be quickly erased to suit a changing environment and clientele. We can ignore, dislike or enjoy this evolving environment. The world’s boundaries are always available to be renegotiated.
Madeleine Palser Barto
Not Hear explores the narrative of how we, as humans, exist and how the environment has its place in that- either as a resource, a ‘wilderness’ to escape into, or the grander truth - the planet that we live in and impact every day. It’s about the awful beauty of a nature disappearing. The patterns of a glacier taken out of its context and applied in a supremely man made environment creates its own dialogue of the relationship between man and nature. The exhibition explores the sounds of a city, the sounds of glaciers and the unjustifiable disappearance of them as a natural environment.
Mark Making Workshop with Lorna Crane
Lorna Crane, an internationally recognised artist from NSW, recently ran a workshop at 69 Smith St Gallery. Over 2 days participants made brushes from natural materials and found objects, and then experimented with these hand made brushes.
The marks that they made were serendipitous, with each brush revealing its character in the hands of its creator.
Using unconventional means for mark making is a liberating an interesting exercise. Some of the brushes, and the works in progress are currently on display at the gallery.
Patterns and Places
09 September to 27 September
Patterns and Places
Maria Cook,& Sue Lock, Norma McGowan, Naomi & Robina McDonald and Liza Posar
You are invited to Patterns and Places our 11th exhibition for 2015
Dates: 9th September to 27th September
Hours: Wednesday - Saturday 11am - 5pm. Sunday 12 – 5pm
Featuring works by Maria Cook,& Sue Lock, Norma McGowan, Naomi & Robina McDonald and Liza Posar.
Please join the artists at the opening Saturday 12th Sept from 4 -6 pm
“apiecefullife in Fitzroy”
As I have always had an intense love of textiles and stitch, for me it was a natural progression learning the art of quilting, which has now developed into the main form of my creative expression.
Earlier in my practice as a quilter, I was frustrated by the traditional range of fabrics available to me. When I discovered kimono fabric, I was immediately drawn to the range of distinctive designs, the unique dyes and textures, weave and colours and in particular, the taupes and subdued indigos. Consequently these beautiful fabrics inspired me to create quilts.
While many of these kimonos were patched and darned, to me the mending reflected the Japanese people’s respect for textiles, which I also consider to be a form of art.
The design and making of my quilts can take up to a year. The preparation process for a quilt involves hours of unpicking hand-stitching, hand laundering and ironing. During this process I save every scrap of fabric which to me is extremely precious, also knowing that at some stage I will incorporate these pieces into other designs. I’m constantly thinking of designs throughout this entire process.
Norma McGowan & Robina McDonald
Norma and Robina are Scottish artists who live in Australia. As children in Scotland, they learned of Viking and Celtic histories through their families. Norma is of Viking and Celtic origin from the island of South Uist. Robina is from Glasgow.
Norma's work is a contemporary accolade to the technological skills of Viking workmanship; their superior navigational skills enabled them to travel the Globe trading with many nations. Supernatural elements and religion were significant in guiding Viking life and philosophy.
Robina's work is a contemporary view of the 'Huldufolk' or 'Hidden People' of Iceland. On a visit to Iceland in 2013 Robina was intrigued by stories pertaining to these spiritual and supernatural beings who live in caves, grassy mounds and hills. Robina's interpretation of their presence is told through a wedding in their community
This work consists of a series of photographs offering a different perspective of how the suburbs of Melbourne shine when most of us have our eyes closed.There is something ethereal, false and intriguing about the landscapes of night photography. This project hits the streets of Melbourne’s suburbs and changes the daylight storyline into something quite illuminating.
With fusion of subject, camera, exposure, artificial and natural light sources,the outcome creates an unreal sense of reality. This series considers how Melbourne appears and transforms the narrative of our local streets.
Reflections and Other Things
This exhibition is a series of illustrations created with Copic markers on Bristol paper.... inspired by thoughts,feelings and emotions....pondering about our day, work and life. What is working, what isn’t working, what could be improved and hopefully make a positive change in our life to inspire new choices and actions!
“Looking back so that the view looking forward is even clearer”
With a long time interest in mark making revitalised by a recent workshop with artist Lorna Crane at 69 Smith St Gallery, I have created a collection of handmade brushes from natural materials, such as grasses and feathers, and combined them with the fluidity of Japanese ink to create flowing images.
Observations of Home and the World
30 September to 18 October
Jade Thompson, Sue Festa, Kerry Herrmann, Michele England, Mario Xerri, Jo Quirk and Ingrid K Brooker.
Introducing Observations of Home and the World our twelfth exhibition for 2015.
Exhibition: 30th Sept to Oct 18th
Please join the artists at the opening Friday October 2nd from 6-8 pm
Featuring works by Jade Thompson, Sue Festa, Kerry Herrmann, Michele England, Mario Xerri, Jo Quirk and Ingrid K Brooker.
Hours: Wednesday - Saturday 11am - 5pm. Sunday 12 – 5pm
mostly New Paintings
This series of works has mostly been created and developed over the past two years. I have taken a lot inspiration from my travels around India and also from places a bit closer to home. A theme of birds, which seems to be reoccurring in my work maybe to do with the freedom of travel which is a passion of mine.
When I create my art, I try to let go and create with freedom and honesty, not worrying about mistakes or about the final outcome. All my works are journeys within themselves. In my artwork I try capture an element of mood or feeling about the person or place I am painting.
ingrid k brooker
As her childhood home faces imminent demolition, the artist explores themes of memory, place and identity. Memories, especially from childhood, are embedded in the places we lived – the hallway you walked a thousand times, the fancy front room full of treasures, the growth chart scribbled on a doorframe.
These works reference the physical structures of ‘home’ and how we retain memories when the places are gone.
ingrid k brooker is an artist, animator and multimedia creator from Melbourne, Australia. Themes of identity and connection underpin her constantly evolving practice.
Glass imitating Life
I love the feel of glass, the colours and the way the light captures and transforms it. When the glass is molten hot in the torch flame it melts and molds into beautiful shapes. It doesn’t like to be controlled but can be easily manipulated to the lamp worker's will. The beads feel beautiful to wear. Glass reflects life: its beauty, vulnerability and fragility.
Observe is an exhibition of paintings about global warming. The artist has used collaged imagery of human habitats, historical cultural artefacts and the fossil fuel industry to discuss he interconnectedness of the causes and impact of this phenomenon. Alongside this realistic imagery is a playful use of colour, pattern and abstraction. The Renaissance practice of personal religious devotion is evident in the works’ format and wings. The artist is keenly interested in relaying her unease about human caused climate change and sees these pieces serving as a catalyst for individual thought and contemplation.
Children of Tanzania
These photographs are a small sample of a larger collection. This exhibition came about after I completed a volunteering term at a secondary school in Arusha, Tanzania, although the exhibition features children from the nearby village where I lived, the local primary school and the nearby kindergarten. Children everywhere enthusiastically welcomed my camera and encouraged this photography. Some posed expertly with confidence and others less so.
In a village setting where bitumen roads and motorised traffic are non existent, children roam freely and safely through fields and plantations, their playful meanderings akin to wandering a small paradise.The faces and places of everyday village life are the focus of this exhibition. Living there allowed me accessibility - not a resident yet not a stranger. Children at play and the state of things proved to be messages more important to convey than images of wildlife and landscape.
These photographs were taken on a pocket sized 7.2 megapixel Lumix camera with a 28mm lens.
Observations on people protest about the state of the land using the street as canvas through graffiti, in which they desire for transcendentalism of the Ideal. Exploring people’s reaction to the issues of the day and state of mind whether it be gay marriage, reaction to authority, protest, and issues of terrorism.
The wax mixed with oil on board and canvas allows me to create an interesting texture which is important to my“urban impressionist” style in expressing a feeling of the modern city.
Breath Thread Pulse
A drawing story of the threads that bind us through generations between heaven and earth, loss of identity and emerging personhood, drawing parallels between the unravelling of dementia and the burgeoning life of premature twins.
21 October to 08 November
The artworks in LANDforms consist of oil paintings, mixed media, intaglio, collagraph and collage about tension and contrast between frottage and painting. Stained, rubbed and sketched intimate micro and visible aspects of a landmark were integrated, by way of fluid, transparent and viscous paint texture, into larger painterly compositions.
This fluid and random texture suggest unseen imaginary macro forces of nature, a sense of deep time, origin and metamorphosis as my aim was to get paint to mimic geomorphic elements below the earth's surface.
Dated frottage incorporated into several images in this exhibition was a way for me to indicate life's brevity in the face of Earth's calendar, the vastness of geological time and space; one metaphor for the human condition.
Death and the Maiden
This series of works takes its queue from the ballroom scene in Joe Wright’s 2012 film ‘Anna Karenina’. Anna and Vronsky dance through the scene like doomed Shakespearean lovers ‘past cure…, now reason past care, frantic mad with ever more unrest’. The paintings draw on imagery from the film and the motif of Death and the Maiden from the middle ages, to explore the link between death and desire, death as a metaphor for the ‘mystical dissolution’ of the self when consumed by erotic desire, and the very real death of Anna, a result of this tragic union.
Natalie Pirotta is an artist and an Honorary Research Fellow with the School of Humanities and Social Science, La Trobe University. She co-edited a special edition of the journal Writing from Below on the theme Death and the Maiden, which also featured some of the works on display in this exhibition.
Artist Talk: Saturday 31 October 4.00pm
Emerging Art Australia October 2015
Emerging Art Australia has hand-selected 11 emerging artists from across the country to feature in this dynamic group show, featuring the works of; Amanda Kennedy, Brock Q. Piper, Jack Franceschini, Rachel Bainbridge, Lauren Guymer, Lorie May, Laura Johnston, Zuzana Galova, Gisela Elle, Shay Downer and Thomas Bowman. A captivating selection of paintings, illustrations, mixed media and sculpture will have visitors engaged and immersed in the talent of Australia’s next generation of fine artists.
Penny Peckham works primarily as a printmaker, and with a background in Art History, much of the work she produces relates to her areas of research, particularly art by or relating to women. This exhibition includes linocut prints from several series. The newest, which gives its title to the exhibition is an exploration of simple still life elements. There are two works from the series A Taxonomy of (Art)Cats, prints of cats taken from various of Art Historical sources, and organised into playful scientific classifications, while the knitting works are part of an ongoing series of long standing.
City, Country, Nature,Interiors
11 November to 29 November
Ellen’s current body of work is a marriage between her love of drawing and her studies in sculpture and spatial practice. Pairing these disciplines has resulted in two- dimensional works that express and celebrate form and space. The drawings in this exhibition take inspiration from imagined, man made, and natural phenomena, ranging from clouds to giant rock structures.
These photographs represent rush hour, which is a modern phenomenon, caused by the artificial need for people to travel at the same time of day. The congestion and movement captured is juxtaposed with the stillness of people waiting, a reminder that rush hour is a time when movement is restricted by sheer weight of numbers.
The blurring in the images are a ghostly reminder of the passage of time and peoples’ travel through their life journey. Many of the people in these images are unidentifiable, reinforcing the idea that they are just cogs in the impersonal machine that is the city.
Work by Volunteers
69 Smith St Gallery is an artist run initiative - it is run by volunteers who come from a diverse range of artistic backgrounds. This group show is comprised of works created by some of these individuals who work together to keep the gallery running and to thus promote the work of members.
Before Too Long
A collection of drawings and sculpture I saw a canola field in a dense fog. The intense yellow bleeding upward and into the sky. Objects foregrounding this vague blur assumed an exacting precision. This collection of drawings is the latest in a series stemming from that encounter. They are not attempts at depiction, but rather try to re-instigate the activity of that looking.
The sculptural works are an extension of this process and mark, for me, a return to the traditional sculptural materials of wood metal and stone, and are concerned with inherent qualities of stillness and silence.
Works on Paper
I developed the work for this exhibition from a few of the quick sketches I have, and from images in paintings that didn't resolve and were eventually abandoned. These images have hung around the studio like old friends, ghosts, things of past. However they needed to be completed and put to rest, so I placed them into another format using photography and computer and gave them a fresh finish.
Cockatoo Island in Sydney's inner harbour has a long history; probably used by Aboriginal people prior to European settlement, before becoming a convict gaol in 1839, and eventually a shipbuilding and repair dockyard, which operated for 134 years.
Now on the World-Heritage-list, Cockatoo Island retains many of its buildings from the past, and is a popular tourist destination. It's also one of the venues for the Sydney Biennale.
Better known for her work in handmade paper and furniture, this is Helen's first photographic exhibition.
Vicky Mousoulis comes from Adelaide and has had a passion for photography since picking up her father's Minolta camera when younger. The 9 images in this her first exhibition reflect the richness of life and people in Greece.
“Is the ‘Greek magic’ in this selection of photographs a property of the fascinating thing observed, or the alert eye/mind that observes them? Doubtless a mixture of both things. Sometimes the magic comes from the choice of a frame, an angle; sometimes it arises from a moment spontaneously lived and captured.” – Adrian Martin, critic.
The current exhibition is the first for the year
The current exhibition is the first for the year