Bringing Meaning Landscape paintings by Zhou Xiaoping @ Chinese Museum Melbourne

25 Aug 21 Feb 2018

Occasionally you bump into something awesomely interesting in surprising places. I like to visit the Chinese Museum when in Melbourne. On a recent visit I encountered the work of Zhou Xiaoping there and was wowed by the inspiring story of a Chinese artist working with Australian Indigenous artists in the western deserts. The artists influenced each other and the resulting works were new and inspiring. There was a video that tracked the development of the relationship through to an exhibition in the major national gallery in Beijing. The web page is below.

http://chinesemuseum.com.au/bringing-meaning-zhouxiaoping/

Windmill Trust Exhibition 20th Anniversary @ Murray Art Museum Albury

14 Sept – 22 Oct 2017

There is a great varied exhibition at Murray Art Museum Albury. The exhibition brings together a variety of work including sculpture, print, oil and watercolour paintings, video performance and photography. It is the 20th Anniversary Windmill Trust Exhibition.

The artists featured in the exhibition include: Camille Kersley, Christine McMillan, Stephanie Jones, Sarra Robertson, Tom Doherty, Jonathan Throsby, Sandra McMahon, Samantha Small, Rachel Ellis, Andy Townsend, Craig Cameron, Tracy Luff, Jane Lander, Nicole Welch, Bradley Hammond, Sally Williams, James Blackwell, Rochelle Summerfield, Harrie Fasher, Duke Albada.

I particularly loved a set of works created out of Echidna quills

Gallery link below

http://www.mamalbury.com.au/see-and-do/exhibitions/20th-Anniversary-Windmill-Trust-Exhibition

 

Nguram Gang – Home district @ Murray Art Museum Albury

14 Sept – 15 Oct 2017

I love it when galleries highlight either or both student art and local artistry. The Nguram Gang exhibition at Murray Art Museum Albury is an excellent case of this combination. The gallery is host to an art project from the Finlay Primary School in which the students created objects reflecting many traditional indigenous arts. The thing I liked most was the table full of bark huts. The students had created a set of houses from pieces of tree bark that were scale models of tent like dwellings. The artistry and simplicity was great.

The gallery link is below

http://www.mamalbury.com.au/see-and-do/exhibitions/nguram-gang-home-district

For Country, For Nation @ Australian War Memorial

Till Sept 13 2017

This exhibition has huge problems with context and content..It is an attempt to celebrate the contribution that Australia’s indigenous people have made to the white citizens’ foreign wars largely while they were disenfranchised and marginalised at home in Australia. The context is the Australian War Memorial which memorialises vast numbers of wars that the white migrant population have joined in lots of countries.over the last 150 years.

The exhibition portrays lots of courage, nationalism and engagement with the projects of the invaders. The discomfort I felt all through the exhibition was that the text and photos were in a narrative that was convoluted beyond belief to avoid the weirdness of a memorial that denies the existence of the primary war fought by Australians and on the landmass of Australia to tell a tale of foreign wars.

Below are some selected artworks that form part of the exhibition.

Seeing the centre – The art of Albert Namatjira 1902–1959 @ National Gallery of Australia

Albert Namatjira prints were on the walls of several of my relatives homes during my childhood. His takes on the Australian bush shaped my sense of what the bush looked like. The National Gallery has a great exhibition of maybe 50 classic examples of the artist’s paintings of the centre of Australia. It is a real treat to see all these great works together.

Sample pictures are below

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Wiwa Babbarra @ ANU School of Art

Mid year in the ANU School of Art Foyer Gallery there was an exhibition of creative large scale printed fabrics from the Wiwa Babbarra women’s collective from Arnham land. I only took one snap but the text material below is clear in its explanation of the work of this creative group.

Veils – Karen Lee @ Tuggerenong Arts Centre

July 2017

Karen Lee had on exhibition a set of beautiful explorations of her take on the environment of the Blue Mountains and the Nepean River in NSW. As an emerging artist she has created gorgeous works centring on birds and other wildlife in their usual environments. There are some gorgeous flower and plant focused creations.

Sample pics and gallery sheet below