Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Borders and Crossings

A Goldfields Printmakers exhibition: Art Gallery of Ballarat, Australia, University of Dundee, Scotland and Wharepuke Gallery, New Zealand.

Borders and Crossings was co-ordinated by James Pasakos, Lecturer in the Visual Arts, University of Ballarat and curated by Dr. Loris Button, Antoinetta Corvin-Behrer and Dr Carole Wilson, Honours and Research Degrees Co-ordinator - Creative Arts, University of Ballarat. Following its launch at the Art Gallery of Ballarat (see below) the work will be exhibited at Impact 8, the International printmaking conference at the University of Dundee, Scotland (28th August – 1st September 2013):

Foregrounding the inherent experimental and interdisciplinary nature of print practices Impact 8 will provide a critical and interactive platform for the varied interests that make print such a unique discipline.  From its hybrid roots in industry and scholarship, through traditional design applications and fine art practices to its consistent significance within emerging technologies and theoretical debate – print continues to play a crucial role in the exploration of borders and crossings – be they geographical, ideological, cultural, theoretical or practical. (1)

Two of my prints have been curated into this group show. They are part of an ongoing series of "unnatural history" illustrations in which the border between human and nature has not only been crossed - it has also been obliterated. Sadly, the highly evolved creatures that inhabit this brave new world can only survive in the realms of mythology, folk tales and fairy stories.

Borders and Crossings will be launched on Sunday, 26 May from 2 - 4 pm
Art Gallery of Ballarat
Gordon Victor King Gallery
40 Lydiard Street North
Ballarat VIC 3350
Telephone: 03 5320 5858
Gallery hours: 10 am - 5 pm daily.

Dr Jennifer Jones-O’Neill, Deputy Dean Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Education and Arts, University of Ballarat will give the opening address.

The exhibition concludes on Sunday, July 7.

Borders and Crossings will travel to Wharepuke Gallery, New Zealand in 2014 (further details to be announced nearer the time).

(1) From Impact 8 website.

Pictured above, from top: 
Emergent Cicada Woman, 2013  and Red Bodied Swallowtail Winged Woman (Second State) 2013, hand coloured linocuts, 26 x 14.5 cm and 22 x 18.5 cm respectively (image size). Photography by Tim Gresham.