Corinne Beardsley – Touch @ M16 Artspace

1-28 Februrary 2016

The Beardsley exhibition in Februrary at M16 Artspace was a confonting and strangely beautiful display. The centre of it is some almost life size human forms lying on the table. the strange thing about it is the abundant clear impressions of the deep movement of gingers to form these human like forms. There was an energy and almost a violence about the construction of these figures. Although they had dried I had a great sense that I felt like reaching out and squeezing the pottery.

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Lynda Edridge – Dibutades Shadow @ M16 Artspace

2-20 March 2016

The recent Lynda Edridge show at M16 Artspace demonstrated her love of faces. There were 35 water colour portraits in 25×20 format and each of them told a story. She painted people who looked close to death and others in the fullness of youth. Every portrait showed sympathy to the variety of the human face.

See samples below and a gallery sheet.

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Celebrating a Living Collection Exhibition @ National Arboretum

10 March to 25 April 2016

The current exhibition at the National Arboretum is titled Celebrating a Living Collection. The panels allow you to see a photographic exhibition of the history and progress of the National Arboretum Canberra, as well as some of the plans and designs for the future. It is in the Village Centre 9am-4pm seven days a week. As a fan of the Arboretum from the beginning it was  a marvelous wide ranging set of informative panels.

The exhibition illustrates the stories behind the design concept, forests, buildings, landscape and people. Ten panels of photographs focus on lots of aspects of the life at the Arboretum. Below are a selection of pictures taken from the panels.

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Stanley O Gregory China Photographs @ Australian Centre on China in the World (ANU)

14 January–20 March 2016

To coincide with the exhibition ‘Celestial Empire‘ at the National Library of Australia, the Australian Centre on China in the World (ANU) presented a selection of rarely seen photographs of 1930s China taken by Stanley O. Gregory, printed in large-format for the first time, from the original negatives now in the NLA Collection.They present a unique insight into a world passed by in a rapidly developing nation.

Below are some sample pics.

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National Photographic Portrait Prize @ National Portrait Gallery

Saturday 19 March until Sunday 26 June 2016

The vitality of the portraiture in the 2016 National Photographic Portrait Prize is wonderful.  Portraits can be a bit predictable but this set has some adventurous items  and some that capture an inspiring moment. The set embraces an amazing diversity of age and ethnicity in the subject material. Styles range from simple  face shots with plain backgrounds to complex contrived compositions that tell a range of stories through the objects within the photograph.

My favourites include a black and white image of nine cousins in a group on a field in which every member is revealing rich developing personality  traits.

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There are several pictures of children in their various play and fantasy worlds.

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There are celebrations of the newcomers

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The prize winner is a highly  constructed mix of lace, nudity and gnarled tree.20160326_122835

Overall it is a worthy collection of portraits.

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Jess Higgins – Black Site @ Tuggerenong Arts Centre

I love it when artists bring to the fore elements of our world that we prefer to keep silent about. The US government created black sites in part of their over reaction to the attack on the twin towers and the Pentagon. Bits sneaked out and then were forgotten. Jess Higgins has portrayed the anonymous brutal nature  by puting up on the wall large charcoal sketches that are indistinct enough to convey the de-personalised nature of the program.

Below are some pics.

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