Sunday, September 6, 2015

'Inking Up' exhibition launch, Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum

In the Benefactor's Gallery, pictured with my linocut Tattooed Face No. 1. 
(Note my tattoo-themed skirt)

A huge thank you to everyone who attended yesterday's buzzy launch of the exhibition Inking Up at Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum, particularly to Gallery Director Jennifer Kalionis, whose thorough and informative opening address about the history of the tattoo and its myriad forms and purposes was one of the afternoon's highlights.

Jennifer Kalionis, Director of Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum

Thanks also to Guest Curator Clayton Tremlett who conceived the exhibition, and Dr. Thomas Middlemost for his terrific catalogue essay. (The exhibition catalogue was Jennifer's inspired idea: a USB stick in the shape of an anchor, one of the most enduringly popular motifs in the history of the tattoo).

This life-sized view of the Inking Up catalogue is a work of art in its own right. Tardis-like, it
contains Dr Thomas Middlemost's catalogue essay and reproductions of key Inking Up artworks 

Fellow Inking Up artist Rona Green was unable to attend, but was with us in spirit; she was most certainly in our thoughts too.

I met some fantastic people. It was a delight to reunite with old friends, a number of Goldfields Printmakers members and to meet some of Castlemaine's vibrant printmaking community.

A final thank you to my partner Shane Jones, always a tower of support, and not a bad photographer either. With the exception of the two photographs directly below, which were snapped by me, all of the photos in this post were taken by him.

Inking Up continues until October 18.

Shane peruses Clayton Tremlett's artist book in the Benefactor's Gallery, Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum.
My four linocuts are on the right

Right: linocuts by Rona Green; left: unique artist book by Clayton Tremlett

Second from left: Clayton Tremlett. Among those in the crowd are: Carole Wilson, Annie Drum, David Frazer,
Melissa Proposch, Ralph Moran, Catherine Pilgrim, Craig Gough and Wendy Stavrianos

Jennifer Kalionis (left) and Clayton Tremlett (second from left)

Carole Wilson and Penny Peckham

Background: Wendy Stavrianos (fourth from left) with Craig Gough and Ralph Moran. Foreground: Catherine Pilgrim

DK (centre) pictured with Craig Gough (left) and Ralph Moran (right)

Left: Gallery Director Jennifer Kalionis (left) with DK (right)