Small Works at Beaver Galleries Deakin

One of the Alex Asch works in the exhibition

I am sad I did not post on this before it closed. Every year Beaver Galleries puts on an exhibition before Christmas titled Small Works. It targets the Christmas gift market I think because all the works are relatively small, transportable and able to be wrapped. The collection of works is chosen from artists represented by Beaver and so has a delightful range or styles, media and prices. Even though my slackness did not get this post up for you to go to the gallery the people at Beaver maintain a great website for you to eyeball their catalogues and contact for enquiries and or purchase.

https://www.beavergalleries.com.au/

Transformation – Members Exhibition 2021 at CraftACT

Upholstered storage box with printed fabric at Craft ACT

One of the truly great annual exhibitions in Canberra is the Members Exhibition at Craft ACT. The members submit a piece or two to the exhibition and auction. CraftACT is a local collective of creatives who all seem to aspire to leadership in their various craft disciplines. Some craft skills I do not understand and some I like little but in this show you never see anything that is not worthy of exhibition.

Glass, furniture, fabrics, pottery, sculpture, metal, jewellery and other craft styles abound and demonstrate the creative potential of each approach.Most objects seem to be available for purchase If you have not seen this display it is only on till Tuesday December 14 2021 – It is well worth the visit.

CraftACT website: https://craftact.org.au/

Allan Burt – Repurposed metal art at the Artists Shed Gallery Fyshwick.

Allan Burt creates artifacts out of salvaged useful metal objects. In the work above Allan has taken basically, bike chain reo and the head of a spanner and created a lizard. In his exhibition at the Artists Shed in Fyshwick he has a big range of fascinating and strangely beautiful works that repurpose identifiable metal objects and parts to produce works of artistry in sculpture.

Graham Fransella – Paintings and Sculpture at Beaver Galleries

A large example of Graham’s art taken in the Gallery

Graham Fransella has an exhuberant sense of fun in his art. This exhibition has two strands – one is a set of vibrant abstract celebrations of colour and form, another is a set of hard metal sculptures that portray humans and animals in various forms of fun and joy. The exhibition continues to Sunday 22 August 2021

The website is https://www.beavergalleries.com.au/

Out of Date – Zoe Brand – Tributary Projects #9 Molonglo Mall Fyshwick

Zoe Brand Artwork

I get a laugh out of some of Zoe’s art. This exhibition did it again. Here is communicative jewellery with metal plates with messages imprinted in them. There are labels repurposed into jewellery. There are intriguing signs and other elements to a thought provoking set of creations. This will finish at the end of this weekend on July 4 2021.

Exhibition ends Sunday July 4. Website; https://www.tributaryprojects.xyz/

Rubies @ ANU School of Art Gallery

10 August – 9 September 2017

The Rubies exhibition is a bringing together works from a group of artists involved in the Early Artists Support Scheme (EASS). There is a adventurousness about the works and as the group is new to art practice there is a marvelous range of styles and approaches on display. Have a look below at some of the samples.

Disencumbered #2 – Keith Bender @ Belconnen Arts Centre

29 July – 20 August 2017

Keith Bender makes wonderful artworks out of rough hard steel. This exhibition at Belconnen Arts Centre features a single work titled Disencumbered #2. Its cheerful yellow surfaces warms up the cold concrete courtyard in which it is established. I was tempted to crawl through the arch tunnel that this work creates. It is beautiful and the gallery sheet below explains it better than I could (Pics included)

 

Art Park Sculpture – Sculpture in the City 2017 @ Deutche Bank Building Sydney

It is a treat to see great sculpture embedded in the city. Over the years the Art Park people have used many powerful locations to display contemporary metal sculpture. This year I encountered their exhibited works in the open space and the foyer beneath the Deutche Bank Building in Sydney.

Metal sculpture can be cold and clinical but lots of it is fun and stimulating. In the over 30 works on display. there is colour, there softness in surface finishes and there is marvelous adventurousness in many styles.

Below are a collection of the works with some gallery material.

Emerging Contemporaries @ CraftACT

A recent exhibition at Craft ACT was an explosion of gorgeous creativity and craft skill. All participants are classed as emerging but none of them are inexperienced in bringing to exhibition remarkable works of art. The range of materials used was wonderful and the integration of different materials into the same work was impressive. Sample pictures and gallery materials are included below.

Christian Hall – Next @ Craft ACT

26 May – 21 July 2016

A recent exhibition at Craft exhibition featured the extraordinary metal art of Christian Hall. The works included furniture, jjewellery light fittings and other useful objects. The metal is exquisitely cut and designed and draws the eye to empty space and gorgeous geometry. The sample pics and gallery material are below