Thursday, September 29, 2011

While I'm away...

Before I head off to London on Friday, here is an advance notice of the group exhibition Exchange, which includes the two works directly below. Exchange is curated by Amanda van Gils.

 Blue Triangle Winged Woman, 2010, linocut, 32 x 32 cm, ed. 30
Photographs by Tim Gresham

Ulysses Butterfly Winged Woman, 2010, linocut, 32 x 32  cm, ed. 30 

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The group exhibition Familiar Unfamiliar at c3 contemporary art space opened yesterday evening and runs until 16 October. The exhibition celebrates the 45th anniversary of the Print Council of Australia and was guest curated by Rona Green. It will tour to Tweed River Art Gallery, NSW in 2012 and Swan Hill Regional Gallery, Vic in 2013. To revisit the work I made for this show, see Blog Post Friday July 21.

I will also be participating in the group exhibition In Suspense at Hand Held Gallery, which will run from 3 – 30 November. I have made two new zines, including Girls in High Places #1: Rope Trick
(pictured below).

For full details and a preview of both works, visit Moth Woman Press HERE.

In the meantime, this is something I have to look forward to in London. I'll be meeting up with an Australian friend who loves the William Larkin paintings at Kenwood House just as much as I do. He has just sent me this Larkin reproduction, along with the message that if we both make it there with everything that's been going on lately (including the threat of further strikes at Qantas) "...we must toast our good fortune with some GREAT champagne." Right on, Leigh.

Richard Sackville, Earl of Dorset
by William Larkin

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Saatchi Gallery in Adelaide

Just before my exhibition at Woodbine Art opened, my partner Shane and I paid a flying visit to Adelaide, where we spent a day at the exhibition Saatchi Gallery in Adelaide – British Art Now at the Art Gallery of South Australia. Aside from Tracey Emin, whose poignant installation My Bed (1998) was also included, the remaining 41 artists are largely unknown in Australia. As with any show on such a large scale and with such a diverse range of work, some engaged me more than others. Of course this is all subjective. Overall, it was a fantastic exhibition. Because of time limitations – I’m flying to London on Friday - I’ve only included a handful of the artists whose work made an distinct impression on me, although there were a great many more.

From top:
Images 1-4 Sculptures by Jonathan Baldock, 2007, salt, dough, pins, ribbons, doll's eyes, polystyrene, colouring paint, synthetic hair. Collection Saatchi Gallery, London
Image 5: Artist Tessa Farmer
Images 6-9: Details from Swarm, 2004 by Tessa Farmer, mixed media, vitrine, 208.3 x 243.8 x 68.6 cm (entire installation.) Collection Saatchi Gallery, London
Image 10: Viewing Swarm (photograph by Shane Jones)
Images 11: A Joan Crawford Alphabet, 2007, by Donald Urqhuart, acrylic on canvas, 215 x 300 cm. Collection Saatchi Gallery, London
Image 12: Detail from A Joan Crawford Alphabet

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Exhibition opening at Woodbine Art Gallery

The last seven days have been incredibly busy, culminating last night in The Wonderful Printed Things Fair at the Abbotsford Convent. It's hard to believe that this time last week I was at the opening of Re-evolution, my solo exhibition at Woodbine Art Gallery. Thank you so much to everyone who came, with special thanks to Gallery Director Anita von Bibra, her partner Henry, their family, and last, but far from least Damian Kelly, General Manager of the Print Council of Australia, who so memorably launched the event.

As promised, I've selected some highlights from the opening:

Shane Jones, DK, Catherines Pilgrim and Heng, Austin Haywood;
in background: Jock Clutterbuck

From left: Patricia Gillard, Rosemarie Jones, James Taylor, 
(centre;) on far right Damian Kelly and Jan Lancaster

Foreground: Ralph Moran and Shane Jones
Background RHS: Noela Stratford, James Taylor,
Anita von Bibra and Louise Taylor

From left: Henry and Anita von Bibra listen 
attentively to Damian Kelly’s opening remarks

From left: Lisa Barmby, Catherine and Euan Heng
From left: Wendy Stavrianos, James and 
Rosemarie Jones, Patricia Gillard

Jenny Nestor

DK with Craig Gough and a bouquet from 
Jenny Nestor’s garden

From left, DK with Penny Peckham, who wrote the 
 catalogue essay, and Anita von Bibra

The Jones family: Rosemarie, James, Frank and Patricia Gillard

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Woodbine Art Gallery and Re-evolution

Top image: Woodbine Art Gallery, Malmsbury.

The remaining photographs were quickly snapped before the launch of Re-evolution. Selected highlights of the exhibition's lively opening will be posted shortly.