Spiral Gallery CoOp Exhibition @ Queanbeyan Arts Centre

28 February – 18 March 2017

Back in March there was a delightful exhibition at the Queanbeyan Arts Centre Gallery that celebrated 30 years of creativity at the Spiral Gallery. The exhibition displayed a wide range of creative arts and styles that are represented by the pics below. I included the gallery list and the ephemera as well.

Labyrinths of the mind – Sholto Morton @ M16 Artspace

25 May – 11 June 2017

In chatting with Sholto Morton at the opening I got an insight into his approach in creating his rich tapestries of painted intricassy. Standing in front of these the mind goes from thoughts of Persian carpets to Hindu tapestries but those references are not the same as these complex intriguing works of careful construction and beautiful choices of colour.

Some pics below (Do not do these works justice) and gallery materials

The Darkness Torch – Louisa Giffard @ M16 Artspace

25 May 11 June 2017

Louisa Giffard has an exhibition that demonstrates the big range of styles and skills she has as an artist. There are watercolours, woodblock prints and digital prints on MDF in this exhibition but the styles are delightfully rich in range.

Included in this show is a set of 26 watercolour and ink pictures of the Bremen Town Musicians. They are vivid and sometimes confronting as you might expect of something drawn from a Grim Brothers tale.

Below are some sample pics and the gallery material.

James Rowell – The Age of meaninglessness… @ M16 Artspace

28 May – 11 June 2016

The age of meaninglessness has ended – Art, Empirical and Ideal is the title of the exhibition of work by James Rowell at M16 Artspace. The works are a set of texture rich small paintings mainly in colour pairs that combine vibrant colour with occasional bands of stenciled words inbedded in the paint surface.

There is gallery material and sample pics below.

The age of meaninglessness has ended, Art, Empirical and Ideal

Suburban Spirits – Sean O’Çonnell @Huw Davies Gallery Photoaccess

25 May – 18 June 2017

Suburban Spirits – Sean OÇonnell @Huw Davies Gallery Photoaccess

Every time I go into Photoaccess I have an expectation of surprise. The participants in the fields of photography are always experimenting and the stuff that makes it onto the walls at Huw Davies Gallery is rarely ordinary.

At a recent opening titled Suburban Spirits I got to talk with Sean OÇonnell about his intriguing images’. Sean is a jeweller by training. In this exhibition he has taken objects found in the home of his grandparents and made them the heart of images formed on large format film through the use of various rays and electric radiations. The results sometimes look cosmic and others have a living growing quality but everyone draws you in for exploration.

On display these are largely in backlit timber and glass boxes made by Sean and several of them have the object from his grandparent’s home displayed next to the photograph.

Pics and gallery sheets below

Failing to communicate – Sabrina Baker @ Photoaccess

25 May – 18 June 2016

Sabrina Bakers work is fully explained in the gallery sheet below. The heart of the exhibition is a video of her pumping up an inflatable raft dressed in a smock made out of signal flag material and more of her rowing on Lake Burley Griffin in such smocks. In the gallery she has a clothes rack with a large collection of smocks made out of a big range of signal  flags. The exhibition is a commentary on the place of spaces like Lake Burley Griffin.


Places and people of Interest – Kate Hine and Maxine Price @ Form Studio and Gallery

Until May 23 2017

Kate Hine creates wonderful collages in black and white that draw on house and home in a life that involved regular moves. The works are drawn from family memorabilia and drawings she has done at earlier times.

Maxine Price creates marvellous pottery figures that have a sense of fun and at times an aura of melancholy.  She has a set of creations now that model the style she has refined to high art. There are only a small number but each one is a charming and heart warming reflection of humanity.

Pics of works by both artists below.

Lynne Flemons Walking at Weereewa: Abandoned Shorelines @ Form Studio and Gallery

Until May 23

Lynne Flemmons created a set of beautiful works that reflect the shorelines of Weereewa (Lake George). The works have a truly delightful set of connections with the region. Having travelled through the area hundreds of times the sight of wire, fencing, timber and other normal detritus from years of sporadic farming and human habitation. The images below show the style.

50-50 @ ANU School of Art Gallery

12 May – 12 June 2017

The ANU has lots of art scattered across all its departments. This exhibition brings together 50 works to celebrate the 50 years since the passing of the referendum to grant indigenous people some basic rights.

The exhibition includes deeply traditional tribal paintings on bark through gorgeous fashion designed fabrics and lots of other styles of layout.and composition. I loved the variety of works selected.  A group of pics are included below.

Luke Aleksandrow – The Break Collection: Volume One @ CCAS Manuka

The Break Collection is a set of broken pottery items on the floor accompanied by a sound track. Luke Aleksandrow has curated a work that has smashed pottery artworks originally created by local artists. The broken pottery is lying on the floor in distinctive piles. He has put them together with a sound track of the smashing of the items.

The pics are below.