I always love getting to see exhibitions that feature school student art. The exhibition at the Wyndham Art Gallery features art created by both primary and secondary students in the area. Their work ranges through photography, drawing, painting and sculpture. The skill set exhibited ranges from ‘developing’ through ‘competent’ and on to ‘skillful’.
It is great to look at work that is generated in primary and secondary school and see skillful execution and creative ideas. I have included some pics below.
A children’s game is the integrating idea for the current exhibition at Goulburn Regional Art Gallery (GRAG). Most people are familiar with Chinese Whispers and the curators applied that in getting these Chinese artists to create their work for this exhibition. The product that is on the walls is an exuberant colourful set of works that delight the eye and stimulate the “grey cells”.
The artists are all of Chinese origin which adds a layer to the exhibition. Kevin Chin, John Deng, Fan Dangwang, Li Cui, Tracy Luff, Kaye Mahoney, Pamela Mei Leng See, Guan Wei, Jason Wing, Huihai Xie, Louise Zhang, and Tianli Zu have participated in Chinese Whispers.
Let me include a few examples of the works on exhibition
Fan Dongwang – Dragon in water
Guan Wei – Watching
Huihai Xie – Impact
Tianli Zu – Masks
Kevin Chin – Touch up
The Christian form I am involved in is not really into art, creativity and religious representation – plain walls no decoration of anything. The exhibition at the Ballarat Art Gallery is an exhilarating experience for me. It consists of religious objects of worship drawn from Eastern Europe, Russia and the Middle East.
Each of the objects has a religious purpose, a religious context and tells a deeply religious story. Some of the pictures are of the great characters and stories of the Christian and Hebrew scriptures. Other pictures weave the stories of the great characters and heroes of the Eastern Orthodox Church. There is a whole room devoted to mother and child portrayals.
These icons are majorly made of egg tempura paint on wood. The representations are fairly flat and have little depth of field. They are created to aid people’s devotion. They are at the heart of controversies between several branches of the Christian movement during the middle ages.
The exhibition is beautifully laid out on red walls with dim lighting and a fabulous set of textual boxes explaining the history and background of each icon. The whole set is supplied by a single Sydney collector and is accompanied by a remarkable hardback book that includes lots of the icons and plenty of background information.
Here are a few pics to give a sense of the set.
This exhibition is a selection by the Director of the Gallery from 72 works submitted for consideration by the members. There is a great range of styles and media used in these works. For me some stood out and others were pretty ordinary but the beauty of Societies of Artists is that they foster adventure and skill development of a big range of artists. This exhibition is a fine group of paintings and have been carefully chosen to make a good exhibition.
Here are some I liked.
Photographs abound on the internet. It is nice to see quality prints in large format on walls in a gallery. This exhibition has 172 prints selected from 631 entries from all over Australia. The competition is in half a dozen categories and the gallery is beautifully set out to cluster each category on specific wall. I loved the creativity of the photographers and have included some phone shots below. They all suffer from reflection as all the photographs are under glass.
I remember in some connection when I was young, hearing that the gardens of the Palace of Versailles had sculptures of great people installed throughout its vast areas because the nobles did not want to be lonely in the gardens. Tha Ballarat Botanic Gardens has a collection of sculptures installed in the gardens. The explanation is spelt out on a charming glass and corrugated iron pavilion. The collection is basically a gift from Thomas Stoddart and James Robert Thomson. Some are scattered among the trees and shrubs. The set I was most impressed with is in a pavilion. In the centre Flight from Popmei. Around the edges are four statues, Rebecca, Susanna, Modesty and Ruth. The Flight from Pompei has marble reliefs set into the base. The sculptures are part of a heritage that seems a little antique today but fun to look at.
Being from Canberra Prime Minister’s loom large. Today we wandered through the Ballarat Botanical Gardens and walked down and inspected the Prime Minister’s Avenue. This is a set of sculptures that commemorate Australia’s prime ministers. I took pictures but then found that Wikipedia had them all on the site below. I have included two of my own because Julia is my favourite and Chifley is the suburb I live in and there is a family connection.
The Wikipedia article accompanied by picture of all 25 sculptures.
A summary document about the whole project and its history
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Julia Gillard unveils the most recent bust
Sumptuous does not get close. All art combines skill and creativity. The work on display from Paul Gaultier haut couture doyen from London has transformed my sense of art when applied to clothing. The display on at present in the NGV at St Kilda Road has everything – history, theatre, colour, diversity are woven together to give an exuberant sense of fun and flair.
Gailtier’s work weaves elements together from cultures and societies from all around the world. It draws on fantasy, the animal kingdom, social change and many other sources.
I am a t-shirt and shorts person myself. I have never bought a seriously high fashion item of clothing in my life. To me high end shoping is when I move from Salvos to Lowes. However I drooled for two hours over some of the most stunningly beautiful items of clothing I have ever seen. Some were over the top and almost unwearable but most were fascinating examples of the art of clothes making.
THe video and guide material showed his enthusiasm for his art. The variety and range of the clothes showed he had done fabulous work over decades. He has some distinctiv motifs but is never constrained by any form. The whole collection speaks of enormous talent worked through a creative team.
My bigest regret was that I only got there at 3pm which meant I had only two hours (I used all of it). The pics below do not do the show justice.
The exhibition of Emily Floyd at the National Gallery Victoria at Federation Square features bold, colourful sculptures and installations. Emily Floyd is renowned for her text-based and modernist-inspired sculptures, that have crisp lines and primary colours. She has drawn the title of this exhibition from the name of the magazine produced in the late 19th century by Louisa Lawson. The Dawn had similar interests to those that Emily Floyd focuses on.