The art of Janet Angus and Fairlie Pearce celibrate nature and people.The animals and birds are beautiful. The works are in three dimensional cut outs and on paper. The impression they leave is one of love for nature. Sample pictures below.
The second year of the Hindmarsh Prize exhibition was held mid June at the Fitters Workshop at Kingston. There were 20 gorgeous artworks in glass created by creatives with huge capacities to produce beautiful items. An exhibition like this has a special attraction in the showcasing of such a rich range of styles and technical mastery.
The Canberra Glassworks has impressed me since they opened with their innovative approach to exhibitions both in style, content and collaboration. The current exhibition brings together seven great artists and skillful glass workers to express themselves through an antique artform – the chandelier.
So you walk through the gallery that is lit by seven fabulous reinterpretations of the traditional chandelier all glittering with light and creativity.
The blurb for this exhibition reads Bird Life is a curated group exhibition exploring the human connection to birds, and how they capture our imagination. It features works by Byrd, Rachel Bolton, Dianna Budd, Carol Cooke, Linda Davy, Steven Holland, Zinia King and Michael Norris. The exhibition is curated by Narelle Phillips.
These artists put together a great range of styles and and materials all used to convey the variety and beauty of birds in their various environments.
In the foyer Gallery at the ANU School of art there was a short term exhibition that featured prints of 300 Covers over 30 years from the Art Monthly magazine. These three hundred covers are a visual insight to changes and influences in Australian art in three decades.
Within the covers are lots of great artists and schools of arts. The very layout of the covers change over time and reflect all the changes in visual styles in the concerned decades.
Naturally yours is an exhibition of artists who are working at the university with environmental issues. Sixteen early career artists have contributed works to this exhibition. Some of the inclusions surprised me in this description.
Nicola Ayliffe creates beautiful objects. Her glass gleams and draws you in through its glossy surfaces and lense like crystal clarity and fine coloured designs that weave through the insides of these gorgeous creations.
Monotypes are a special type of print that are close to a painting. Leti is an internationally famous abstract artist. This show had a great set of subtly coloured works many of which have a geometric approach.The styles vary and they range from almost chaotic layouts to highly structured ones.
At ANCA last week there was a four person exhibition focused on neigbourhoods. The content goes from large fabric hangings to collages of elements drawn from day to day life. There is a shabby second hand look about the overall impression in the room.
Often art exhibitions are a display of highly developed creative skill and innovation. Some are retrospectives and others are displays of beginners’ work. The magic of the current exhibition in the Watson Arts Centre is the fact that they have integrated the work of experts with that of beginners. In the one exhibition there are items made by children and beginner adults side by side with highly refined work by creatives with decades of expertise.
The other side of this exhibition is that some potters believe in smooth highly refined product and other mature producers believe in lightly worked and rough works. The result is a hundred works that range from thimble sized to large pot sized creations.