Versailles – Treasures from the Palace @ National Gallery of Australia

This exhibition draws on a world that does not exist in Australia. If you walk through large public buildings in Australia you mainly see understated and sleek. The French Louis era was the opposite – over the top bling encrusted grand scale in everything.

The National Gallery has some disadvantages as an art space but when you bring in grand scale works it comes into its own. There are tapestries that seem to be the size of the house I live in right now. There are rooms in the display that are almost the scale of the palace at Versailles itself.

The choice of objects to come to Australia are varied – ranging from a large fountain and grand scale paintings and tapestries to statues and furniture and crockery. As you would expect there is nothing in the space that is not gorgeously and elaborately designed and decorated. A thing I love about this exhibition is the context of housing these objects inthe NGA which is unfinished concrete and glass brutalism.


Some pics below:

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Maralyn Stretton – Earth element Life’s fragility @ M16 Artspace

1 Jan – 5 Feb 2017

This artist gets Australian bush colour in a delgihtful clear sighted way. Each of these works embodies bark colours that are seen regularly in bark on gum trees and other features in Australia’s flora. Ms Stretton’s work has that messy look that is essential for representing the Australian bush.

There are pics and gallery material below.

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Aether – Lucy Palmer @ M16 Artspace

19 January – 5 February 2017

Glass is hard and heavy and Lucy Palmer creates small works that look light and aetherial. She uses thin colours and translucent glass. She displays works with light and all of them have a small angular look to them. The techniques are varied and are explained on the gallery sheet attached.

Pics and gallery sheet below.

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Ontogenesis @ Belconnen Arts Centre

21 Jan-  5 Mar 2017

Ngaio Fitzpatrick, Kate Nixon, John White and  Madisyn Zabel are recent graduates of the ANU Glass Workshop. In this exhibition they demonstrate to create works that weave glass into works that weave handicraft materials.

Some are quite spectacular one pictured below looks mundane from a distance but looking inside the glass tubes reveals a kaleidoscopic array of colours in the end of each tube.

There are other demonstrations of remarkable skills in the work of glass art.

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Intersections @ M16 Artspace

19 Jan – 5 Feb 2017

Five artists five contrasting approaches. The art in this exhibition provides some rich diversity – blocky abstract high gloss paintings, delicate graphite works that are mainly paper with small scale images, classical pastel coloured pottery, concrete with embedded resin all combine to show a rich representation of artistic approach.

The artists are Bryna Bambury, Nikki Chopra, Eliya Nikki Cohen, Chelsea Kalogiannidis, Holly Tranter

The website blurb reads: This exhibition presents the intersection of five peoples’ experiences of daily life in their natural environments. Using different mediums – painting, ceramics, photo prints and lithographs –their experiences are both celebrated and analysed.

Pics below

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Totally-ish – James Lieutenant @ Canberra Contemporary Arts Centre – City

James Lieutenant has an exhibition of 21 abstract works in acrylic on the city space of the Canberra Contemporary Arts Centre in the City. The paintings are rich in colour and work textural materials into their look.

Pics below

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Currents – Anna Madeleine @ Canberra Contemporary Arts Centre Braddon

9 Dec 2016 – 11 Feb 2017

The cube at Gorman House Braddon is a black box of a room that CCAS use to display digital, projected, luminous and other lit artworks. The blurb for this begins Currents consists of an interactive installation and a series of animations that explore the materiality of digital communication.

Anna Madeleine seeks to make visible important elements of our society that are invisible normally through her fragile flickering creations. I have a couple of phone pics below and the link to the very good online catalogue.

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High Rise Low Rise @ Canberra Contemporary Arts Centre Braddon

9 Dec 2016 – 11 Feb 2017

High Rise Low Rise is a delight through its diverse methods and styles of art brought together in one exhibition.

Claudia De Salvo has created a city on a wall out of woven wire on a black background – it has an urban intensity expressed in the detailed representation of city living.

Monique Montfroy represents beach culture in all its diversity with a sense of fun and great composition of large coloured photographic images.

Anna Carey’s two buildings point to the fragility of much urban construction coupled with its banality. She photographs models with a light that is almost barbie-esque.

Anja Loughead reflects Australian culture through words cut into old tea towels. The language and choice of 50s tea towels embodies a bygone culture in a convincing way.

Millan Pintos- Lopez uses house paint on circular pieces of plywood to tell a story. The final works in the room are a set of stark white steel works set at angles from walls created by

Kael Stasce. Feeling naughty I touched them to check if they were cardboard or steel. The works have a delicateness for steel  that surprised me.

The catalogue is below with a couple of my phone pics.

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Intrinsic Properties Inherent Vice @ Belconnen Arts Centre

21 Jan – 5 Mar 2017

This exhibition brings together seven artists showing a total of ten works. All to some extent integrate glass into their work. The inclusion of glass is not simply objects made of glass but glass as a reference point or a means to and end in art making. I have included some pics and the gallery catalogue below. with the website.

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Sui Jackson, Debra Jurrs and Christine Atkins @ Australian National Botanical Gardens

In the Canberra scene glass art is one of the spectacular developments in the last couple of decades. Three great local practitioners have a shared exhibition at the gallery in the visitors centre at the Australian National Botanical Gardens. They take a different approach to the glass. There are coloured translucent works delightful transparent tree molds and other functional works and decorate ones in generally uncolloured transparent glass.

I have seen these artist’s work in other exhibitions and the works here reflect a larger body of highly creative skilled work with glass for each of the artists. Sample pictures below.

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