Some artists create unique niches through their skills and creativity. The current exhibition at Bungendore Woodwork Gallery features four artists with a connection to trees – two work with trees as material and two with trees as subject
Terry Martin makes trees through carving wood in ways that utilise the grain and texture of the wood to its most creative beauty. His work also includes lots of bowls made with remarkable choices of varied coloured timbers and design.
Zina Burloiu creates functional objects out of wood. The design and artistic creativity woven into her work takes her objets to a higher plane. A simple spoon is turned into an object of striking beauty. There is a set of exquisitely crafted spinning tops some with colourful interlay.
Malcolm Pettigrove works in pen and ink. His tree based creations have been influenced by some Chinese ink drawing traditions. Like the Chinese ink traditions the drawings skate between reality and something that is an art creation. A tree with its roots out of the groundis an example.
Sue Cochrane is an artist with great sense of australian landscape and vegetation. Apparently her favourite area is the east and south Gippsland and its look is in the pictures.
The photographic work of Rebecca Worth on display in the Huw Davies Gallery during November reminded the viewers of Rorschach blot tests. Rebecca Worth created striking images by bringing common everyday images that were woven into semi symmetrical photo montages that have the indefinite look of the test blot.
The images are produced in black and white and in the exhibition have elements that repeat across the set of images and Worth flips images and inverts them to establish the indistinct initial look that draws you in to search out the details.
Below is the gallery sheet material.
This work was fun. Kon Kudo is using a simple mechanical device to play with our short attention spans induced by modern technology. A collection of cards linked together on something that works like a bicycle chain that when watched from an end supplied the viewer with a constantly changing and developing set of images. It is somewhat like the frames of a film or one of those flicker cartoon books.
I loved it in that the viewer had some control and could interact with the artwork in various ways. The gallery material is supplied below.
The blurb for the exhibition of work by Ellen Hewitt says: Humanity’s attempts to understand death and existence have generated a rich accumulation of abstractand creative thought…. The Death’s Maiden is an ethereal body of work that explores humanity’s relationship with mortality”
The images are layered and integrate many images that bring the mind to matters of death. There are faces, fans, skulls flowers and other shimery elements.
The gallery sheet is below.
We went int an attractive church building in Goulburn last week. It was a beautiful stone structure that was built in the 1870s. The entry foyer is a low ceilinged timber structure from which you enter into the main space. What a contrast? The main building is a large a frame shaped space with massive stained glass windows celebrating Christian leaders of the past. There is a gorgeous pipe organ, three altars and a great set of the 14 stations of the cross, carved in white and surrounded by darker stone like frames.
There is for me an ambivalence toward this type of building. While they were built as an acknowledgement of the glory of God the resulting space now is cold and dark even in high summer in the middle of the day. I was not there for a church meeting but if there is not a large number of people I suspect there would quickly be a sense of isolation in such an enormous space.
The thing I loved most about the space was the remarkable artistry of the glass and the stations. At home I found the church has a website that takes you through the history and restoration work involved in the building.
The website and some pics below
The annual marvelous exhibition of the best of Australian political cartoons has opened at the Museum of Australian Democracy. These creatives always inspire entertain and educate. The curators lay them out in subject areas to show both the different takes and the similarities that flow through the artists. The magic of cartoons is they combine humour and confrontation, They expose absurdity and poke holes in hubris.
The exhibition now is housed in the lower square of corridors under Kings Hall in the Old Parliament House. It is put up and left up for the year and so I often pop in for revisits.
There is a book for purchase and the website below has all the cartoons in their subject categories.
I have a couple of pics below for my own records but the website is better.