Cut out – Meredith Hughes and Naomi Souwer @ Belconnen Arts Centre

20 Oct – 12 Nov 2017

This is a small exhibition with nine works. Each piece is a composite of outline shapes and object shapes laid out on the wall. Each of the elements are cut from larger pieces and put on the wall as glue-backed paper. The papers are sometimes cut because of their rich patterned surface that when cut in outline shapes are striking in shape and colour. Other parts or the work are cut outs of flowers people and many other items taken from fabric or wall papers to create pictures and artworks of vivid colour and intriguing composition.

More details of this exhibition is on the BAC website page

https://www.belconnenartscentre.com.au/2017/07/09/meet-team-naomi-zouwer-artist-teacher/

Marilou Chagnaud – Papiers Flottants @ ANU School of Art Foyer Gallery

10-21 Oct 2017

Some exhibitions are small but of a class that is quite memorable, The work of Marilou Chagnaud at the ANU School of Art Foyer Gallery are remarkable. There are five geometric designs in black and white that almost move as you walk by. There is a timber frame that is hung with wonderful curved line prints on white paper hanging in rows. When you move the frame a bit the sheets move in a way that looks like wonderful ocean wave. There is a folded set of curved lined sheets woven into a spring loaded fan on the floor. Each of the elements of this exhibition are beautiful.

The web page is below

http://soa.anu.edu.au/event/tunica

Porosity Karabi – Trent Jensen, Richard Goodson and Ishan Khosla @ Nishi Gallery

10 June – 9 July 2017

Nishi Gallery in New Acton hosted a gorgeous exhibition of varied media in June July this year. Three artists wove intercultural elements into their exhibition titled – Porosity Karabi.

Trent Jensen, Richard Goodson and Ishan Khosla produced works in pottery, metal, wood and repurposed product. The objects have a quirky look and are full of surprises.

Pictures below help with the look of the exhibition.

 

 

Skating on thin ice – Keith Bailey @ M16 Artspace

6-23 July 2017

This exhibition in July resulted from a trip Keith Bailey took to Antarctica. The display combines black and white photographic prints with grand icy blue paintings. The blue is a richer hue than what I have seen in other works out of the area but the impression on the long wall of the space truly evokes the unoccupied spacial grandeur of the massive ice sheets. Pics and gallery material give insight to Bailey’s great sense of the area.

Figurative Visions @ M16 Artspace

6-23 July 2017

Three artists cooperated to produce an exhibition of sensitive out of focus treatments of various subject matters at M16 in july. All three artists showed a similar gentle take on their art. Pictures below show the range of their approaches. The three artists were Roger Beale, Rick Cochrane and Chan Dissanayake.

Rubies @ ANU School of Art Gallery

10 August – 9 September 2017

The Rubies exhibition is a bringing together works from a group of artists involved in the Early Artists Support Scheme (EASS). There is a adventurousness about the works and as the group is new to art practice there is a marvelous range of styles and approaches on display. Have a look below at some of the samples.

For Country, For Nation @ Australian War Memorial

Till Sept 13 2017

This exhibition has huge problems with context and content..It is an attempt to celebrate the contribution that Australia’s indigenous people have made to the white citizens’ foreign wars largely while they were disenfranchised and marginalised at home in Australia. The context is the Australian War Memorial which memorialises vast numbers of wars that the white migrant population have joined in lots of countries.over the last 150 years.

The exhibition portrays lots of courage, nationalism and engagement with the projects of the invaders. The discomfort I felt all through the exhibition was that the text and photos were in a narrative that was convoluted beyond belief to avoid the weirdness of a memorial that denies the existence of the primary war fought by Australians and on the landmass of Australia to tell a tale of foreign wars.

Below are some selected artworks that form part of the exhibition.