A wide ranging series of creations with drawn thread as their tie together were on exhibition at ANU School of Arts Foyer Gallery in late July early August. The artists put together portraits, patch work and many other artforms that were cotton based and tied together or created by use of thread. A wonderful range of approaches were visible in the works illustrated below.
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.
Liverpool high schools combine each year to exhibit high quality art from their students in a show at Casula Powerhouse. i have seen previous shows but I am convinced that this one is the best I have seen. The skills and the exciting creativity on show is marvelous.
Many of the schools have student populations that draw from many migrant communities and this fact enriches the subject matter and styles on show. There are religious and cultural elements all through the exhibition and a remarkable level of insight and sensitivity expressed.
Have a look at the examples I have put below. I was rapt.
The National Gallery does great work in historical retrospectives of elements of Australian life. The current exhibition is a classic. It streams from the first printed advertisement printed in Sydney in the early 19790s the end of the 20th century.
These detailed histories draw on vast collections available in the NLA There are remarkable early newspapers, there are gorgeous travel posters, there are printers stages for posters, there is a set of Redheads match box covers over a few decades showing their changes and style differences.
One sad omision is the creative approaches to cigarette advertising. While it is illegal now during its life it was a truly stunningly creative part of advertising. In this large show there is one Paul Hogan ad and two anti cigarette works.
I am amazed that the National Library has this no photographs policy. Nearly all this stuff is theirs or ours and is out of copyright. Lots of the rest is out on the internet. No pictures here an not much support on the website of this remarkable coverage of a significant element of Australian history.
Friday night November 26 saw an awesome art event at the ANU. The school opens all its sections to house an exhibition of graduating student’s work. The main gallery has an exhibition that picks a few works from most of the artists and then when you cruise around the school you get to see glass in the glass workshop furniture in the photospace and so on and you get to immerse yourself in a bigger range of art from the students.
The event is so much fun as because the crowds are huge and there is wine, and food as you wander around the spaces. I have put some pics below. There is a great catalogue available and the prices on the works for sale seem reasonable.
This exhibition features a diverse set of artworks in several genres. There is a few paragraphs of the blurb I found helpful.
With its distinctive fusion of styles and influences, the art of Eko Nugroho defies categorisation.
Working across drawing, painting, sculpture, animation and embroidery, this acclaimed Indonesian artist draws inspiration from Javanese traditions such as wayang theatre and batik, as well as street art, science fiction, comic books and other forms of popular culture.
His immersive installation Lot lost 2013-15 takes us to the streets of Yogyakarta, the artistic and revolutionary capital of Indonesia where Nugroho has been based for the past two decades. The work presents a finely attuned, darkly humoured and – as always – wildly imaginative look at everyday life and politics in Indonesia.
The works vary from cartoon style creations on the floor to large single colour statues that look like Michelin men, through crocheted or needle point rug hangings. When I was there there were lots of young kids creating in the space inspired by the artist’s work.
As a high school teacher there are some types of exhibitions I find particular delight in. Top Design is one of those. It is a display of work done by VCE students in faculties with a design focus in courses such as fashion, marketing and graphic design. The materials on display include portfolios the visitor can look through and product on display such as mock up models for product and items such as clothing and furniture.
It always impresses me that people of 17 or 18 can create such professional looking work and can produce such high levels of technical expertise. I have included below some pics of clothing, woodwork and branding to show the end results of their work in years 11 and 12.