Eve Van Gorsel, Manuel Pfeiffer – Congruent – Incongruent at M16 Artspace

Finishing on Sunday November 21 2021 this exhibition matches two artists cooperating in seeking to illustrate our human wrestling with congruence and incongruence. The artists lay out small works that have the viewer work between images that have some similarities and differences. The impression is that we the viewers have puzzles to work with. It is a beautiful and complex set of creations. Eva works to Congruence and Manuel works on Incongruence.

Website: https://www.m16artspace.com.au/work-forte

Johnny Romeo “Colossal Youth” exhibition at Aarwun Gallery Nichols ACT

The gallery space at the Aarwun Gallery at Federation Square in Nichols in the ACT is almost lit up by the remarkable work of Johnny Romeo. A quote from the blurb on the web page for this exhibition will explain what is on show.

“Romeo’s imaginative fusion of sci-fi Surrealism, Cubist abstraction and quirky appropriations of celebrity imagery ruptures our understanding of Pop culture icons and filters them through his distinctive Kitsch Pop lens. Bursting at the seams with vibrant colour explosions, larger-than-life Pop imagery, and gleefully absurdist humour, Colossal Youth is an electrifying dive into the warped Technicolour visions of Australia’s King of Pop. “

If you click on the exhibition sales page below you will see thumbnails of 16 of his works available through Aarwun Gallery. In the gallery they are explosive in their vrbrant colour and semi familiar imagery. The exhibition is on till Sunday December 5.

Gallery Website: https://aarwungallery.com/

Exhibition page: https://aarwungallery.com/online-gallery?category=%22Colossal%20Youth%22%20Johnny%20Romeo

Artist’s website https://johnnyromeo.net/

Sense of place at Casula Powerhouse Art Centre

The Display titled Sense of Place at Casula Powerhouse

The picture above is a special place for me. I see lots of art and I am especially thankful for those who foster opportunities for school students to create art and have it displayed for the public. Right now there is an exhibition in this upstairs corridor space. The work which is unashamedly inspired by Ken Done has been curated from the creatives attending Busby West Public School, Liverpool Public School and Unity Grammar High School.

As you would expect from student inspired by the work of Done it is all awash with bright colours and the students have done their creations on bags, hats, tshirts and paper on the walls. The exhuberant nature of their work is something that lifts your spirit as you walk by.

The website for Casula is https://www.casulapowerhouse.com/ Busby West Public School, Liverpool Public School, Unity Grammar High School, Ken Done, Casula Powerhouse,

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


Drawn Thread @ ANU School of Art Foyer Gallery

26 July – 5 Aug 2017

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.

300 Covers: Art Monthly in Australia 1987-2017 @ ANU School of Art Foyer Gallery

7-17 June 2017

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.

Below are some pics and gallery materials.

Next 2017 @ Casula Powerhouse

18 Feb -23 April 2017

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 Sell – Australian Advertising 1790s – 1990s @ National Library of Australia

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.



Graduate Exhibitions 2016 @ ANU School of Art Galleries

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.

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Eko Negroho – Lot Lost @ Art Gallery of NSW

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.


Pics below gives a sense of Negroho’s art

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