Julie Bartholemew – Tread Carefully @ Beaaver Galleries

18 May – 4 June 2017

Julie Bartholemew in her Tread Carefully exhibition at Beaver Galleries engages some of the thorny issues of humans living and working on this planet. She combines a certain classy elegance with some confronting content to make it clear that we need to treat gently on planet Earth.

Using scientific equipment and chemical accoutrements created out of white porcelein she tweaks the items to convey a great message of care of the environment and respect for the plant life on the areas we live in. Each item has elegant copperplate writing that conveys information.

I did not have my camera so I only have gallery stuff below

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.

Vice Chancellors College Fellowship Scheme 2016 @ ANU School of Art Gallery

The unique scheme done at the ANU fosters art excellence. Each year the exhibition reveals a fascinating range of art creativity. Attached is the PDF of the catalogue gives huge insight into the practice of the artists. There are also pics below and some gallery materials.

http://soa.anu.edu.au/sites/default/files/VCCAFS2016_ABSOLUTE%20FINAL%20to%20print%20no%20marks.pdf

Object Therapy @ Hotel Hotel

This is a catch up post on an exhibition we went to in October 2016. In the foyer of the Nishi complex of Hotel Hotel. On display there were a delightful collection of made and fixed much loved objects. There were toys, ornaments and household items that have been changed, transformed into attractive  objects.

Below is a well developed article from the hotel website on the exhibition and then some pics.

http://www.hotel-hotel.com.au/fixandmake/events/object-therapy/

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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.

Website

http://nga.gov.au/Versailles/

Some pics below:

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College Express 8 @ Belconnen Arts Centre

9 December 2016 15 January 2017

Over 100 works of art chosen for display from the work done in eight northside Canberra Colleges during 2016 have been on display for a month. It is awesome to see the skills and creativity on display and the range of media was fun to behold.

There is abstract and realist, there is functional and fun, there are multi part and recycled works of art. Some students have several works on display and it is helpful that the gallery supplies a sheet with the names and schools of each work on display.

There are lots of works with social comment embedded in them and others are a huge display ofskill and artistry with specific media.

I have included some pics and gallery material below.

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http://www.belconnenartscentre.com.au/exhibitions/college-express/