Indigenous Triennial Art Exhibition @ National Gallery of Australia

Till Sept 20th 2017

Plan to take a few hours or several visits if you want to take in this exhibition. The range and complexity of the works on show means it takes lots of time to engage with the abundant creativity.

There were grand explorations of traditional.arts from both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sources. They are joined to huge numbers or works of modern and technological styles of creations.

In the entry way to the NGA is a Rolls Royce painted in tradition art style. In the exhibition is a video of the artist driving that car and that activity brings together lots of remarkable visual traditional elements. The driver turns into a large area of red dust and by driving in various circles at high speed he digs up the red dirt creating patterns and a vast amount of red dust. The beauty and layered elements of the video production and were wonderful.

I will go back as we only had 90 minutes today. The exhibition is hard as it traverses complex territory of history, political comment, layered cultural interaction and many aspects of the underbelly of human society. I have included a few pics below but the only sensible thing to do with this exhibition is to go – it is free.

 

Cat Mueller – Nonstop! @ ANCA Gallery

17 May – 4 June 2017

If you ever want to see vibrant colour and rich contrast in abstract works of art Cat Mueller is the place to go. Her last exhibition I saw at Manuka was of small dotted almost seventies day glow style paintings.

This exhibition is of large almost graffiti style works made of vibrant lines made with the use of airbrushes and sets of contrasting backgrounds. The room is an explosion of colour and excitement on large canvasses.

Sample artworks and gallery materials are below.

Kirstie Rea the land: A 20 year survey @ Canberra Museum and Gallery

13 May – 20 August 2017

If you have been to galleries in this area over the last couple of decades you will have seen Kirstie Rea’s gorgeous glass on display. It is always straight forward and often includes reference to agriculture and the land.  This exhibition is rich in its survey of an artist whose creatvity has enriched our lives regularly. Below are some sample pics and the CMAG web page.

http://www.cmag.com.au/exhibitions/kirstie-rea-the-land-a-20-year-survey

C J Taylor Visual Arts Graduate Season @ ANU School of Arts Gallery

C J Taylor has put together a gorgeous set of richly diverse products for a PHD Graduate exhibition. He plays around with size, development, composition, and surface texture to show content and a viewer engagement to photographic products.

The gallery material below has details and commentary by the artist and there are some images to poorly show the items. The depth and engagement these artworks evoke in the gallery are not able to be shown online.

Shake it up @ Nishi Gallery

12 March – 26 March 2017

Shake it up is an exhibition of up and coming early career artists and the pictures and other artifacts they have produced are a rich mix of styles and skills.

These are recent works of a group of artists who do photography, sculpture, collage and paintings. The room was an explosion of colour and form that drew you in to explore the complexity of method and content. The dominant style is abstract.

The artists involved in the exhibition are:SANNE KOELEMIJ, JOSH OWEN, FRANKI SPARKE, CLARE JACKSON, LUKE CHISWELL, MEI WILKINSON, EVE AUSTIN WHITE, S.A.ADAIR,  AMY CAMPBELL, SIAN WATSON, DIONISIA SALAS, CATHY LAUDENBACH. COLE BENNETTS + NETTI VONTHETHOFF

In the Pics below I have tried to sample the range to give an idea of the vibrancy of the group’s production.

Stations of the Cross 2017 @ St Marks Theological College Chapel

A great set of fifteen paintings were on exhibition over  ten days at the St Marks Chapel at Barton..Fifteen artists were commissioned to create a new work i response to each of the fourteen stations and a further work was a distinctly Australia indigenous take on the suffering and death of Jesus.

Many of the works are extraordinary in their touching insight. There is one that features a black cross in which the down timber has maybe a hundred nails hammered into it. The frame consists of carved names and dates of well known massacres in the time since Christ has been nailed to the cross. It is a conversation between the cross and human brutality over the last 2000 years.

There is one that reflects the laying Jesus in the tomb. The painting features a sumptuous lounge with an equally sumptuously dressed Church bishop lain stiffly statuesquely on the couch while a family that look refugee like standing behind the couch and the mouths of each member have been painted out of their faces.

Many of the other paintings are just as thought provoking and some samples are below.

Ebb and Flow – fibre artists @ Belconnen Arts Centre

11 March – 2 April 2017

I once did Macrame for a year. It was fashionable and I was overly busy. The hand work of gave me a wonderful release for me. When things settled I stopped.

The Ebb and Flow exhibition is focused of the use of fibre to create fascinating works of art. The skill and variety is wonderful. I  loved the great use of colour, most of which are produced by natural dyes.

As you can see from what is below some of these are sculptural while others are wall hangings, There are politically strong pieces and nature inspired works.

Pictures and Website materials below

http://www.belconnenartscentre.com.au/exhibitions/ebb-and-flow/