Lustre – Pearling and Australia @ Australian National Maritime Museum

13 Feb = 13 Aug 2017

A great exhibition at the Australian National Maritime Museum recently has been one dealing with the pearling industry. It is an appropriate venue for this sort of historical reflection. The gallery is full of great text and fabulous artifacts that cover the range and the history of this industry. I loved the abundance of artifacts made with different levels of artistry from mother of pearl. The object I was most impressed with was the pearly king coat decoratively festooned with buttons of mother of pearl. The Steve Winwood song of the pearly queen rang through my head.

This is a temporary exhibition but is a classy example of the great historical work being done at the ANMM to record and educate us about our maritime and coastal history.

Pics and  web page link below

http://www.anmm.gov.au/Whats-On/Exhibitions/On-Now/Lustre

Sally Blake – The colour of Eucalyptus @ Australian National Botanical Gardens

Sally Blake researched and found 100 types of Eucalypts in the National Botanical Gardens and then created dyes from the leaves which she has put into fabrics which were on display at the Visitors Gallery.

Most of our fabrics today are coloured with synthetics. It was great to see small amounts of fabric dyed with natural colours. The range was remarkable.

Attached are pictures and the gallery materials.

Land and Sea: states of mind – Christine Scott and Meredith Pammenter-Legg @ Form Studio and Gallery

1st – 22nd February 2017

This exhibition is delicate. Both artists do it differently. One has created paper collages that look fragile, thin and in need of helpful care. The other is a quality set of drawings of items from nature in dark pen and simple natural lay out. It was a large exhibition that I forgot to write up.

Attached are some pics and some gallery material.

Curious Tales – A Journey through Form – Pete Bollington @ CraftACT Gallery

6 April – 13 May 2017

Highly crafted timber furniture is always attractive. Pete Bollington has 14 gorgeous functional creations made from various fine timbers. There is a credenza, some mirrors, some tables, stools, and an entertainment unit and a shelving unit. The wonderful craftsmanship woven into each of these constructions make all of them very attractive. All of them are for sale and the prices are on the gallery sheets below. Pics give an insight into the quality and style of the works.

 

 

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.

 

Julian Laffan – Le Monde: observations of place @ Beaver Galleries

18 May – 4 June 2017

Julian Laffan creates gorgeous representations of place in delicately prepared woodcuts. The two tone natural looking creations are supplemented with a small flash or two of bright colour to highlight a feature but for me the beauty is in the craftsmanship of the wood work. Many of the scenes were familiar with Laffan’s take on how they were carved in the wood.

I did not have my camera with me so I have only included the gallery materials but as usual the high quality sheets from Beaver have some of the images included.

Spiral Gallery CoOp Exhibition @ Queanbeyan Arts Centre

28 February – 18 March 2017

Back in March there was a delightful exhibition at the Queanbeyan Arts Centre Gallery that celebrated 30 years of creativity at the Spiral Gallery. The exhibition displayed a wide range of creative arts and styles that are represented by the pics below. I included the gallery list and the ephemera as well.