Biographies – Martin Rowney @ Belconnen Arts Centre

29 July – 20 August 2017

Small targeted exhibitions are often surprisingly interesting.  Martin Rowney has five works on display at the Belconnen Arts Centre around the lives of four people. Each of the art works have unique elements in them that speak to the life and individual and reflect the back story that is displayed on the wall. Each of the works has an artistic interest and merit in itself but become richer with the person’s brief bio in mind.

Rowney is an archaeologist who uses art to communicate elements of his work. The pics and gallery materials are below.

Beauties and Beasts @ Belconnen Arts Centre

6-28 May 2017

This is the 22nd annual exhibition of the University of Canberra design Faculty of Arts and Design. The researchers are addressing the theme of Beauties and Beasts. Beauties and Beasts harnesses the power of creative practice to represent what is beautiful and/or beastly about our relationship with the natural world: the exhibition will explore these ideas in a range of arts and written media. 

 

 

Me Time @ Canberra Contemporary Art Space Braddon

28 April – 24 June 2017

Sabrina Baker has curated a set of works that connect in various ways with social media from eight artists she has known. The exhibition is on at the Braddon Canberra Contempory Arts Space. They range through technological works through screen based works to straight paintings. All of them are engaging and are worth a visit.

Pics and webpage are below

http://www.ccas.com.au/exhibitions/me-time

 

Booksmart – Josh Owen @ Canberra Contemporary Art Space Manuka

30 Mar 2017 to 9 Apr 2017

Occasionally I stand with one artwork for fifteen minutes. The work Booksmart by Josh Owen at Canberra Contemporary Art Space Manuka was a case in point.

There is a projection on the wall of spines of Encyclopedias of various ages that are scrolling right.. There are small electric fans on the floor below the screen pointing in the direction of the viewer. There are 99 volumes of encyclopedias laid out open on the floor in rows. At the viewer’s feet there are fans pointing towards the screen. In the centre there is a data projector aimed at the screen and a speaker with an audio track playing.

As you stand there the fans blow the pages back and forth in unpredictable ways but the weighty tomes never move themselves. The sound track is a definition of encyclopedia and other linked material spoken in a delightfully “Hal” like voice. Two things happen over time. The scrolling on the screen gradually speeds up until the images on the screen become an indistinguishable blur and the delightful soundtrack also speeds up until it also becomes an incomprehensible babble.

Josh was in the gallery and it was great to be able to discuss the layers of comment and insight this work gives to modern knowledge access and transfer. I love the work – it is a great contemplative device and I have discussed it with several people in the week since I saw it.

http://www.ccas.com.au/exhibitions/booksmart

C J Taylor Visual Arts Graduate Season @ ANU School of Arts Gallery

C J Taylor has put together a gorgeous set of richly diverse products for a PHD Graduate exhibition. He plays around with size, development, composition, and surface texture to show content and a viewer engagement to photographic products.

The gallery material below has details and commentary by the artist and there are some images to poorly show the items. The depth and engagement these artworks evoke in the gallery are not able to be shown online.

Seeking Refuge @ Tuggerenong Arts Centre

6-29 October 2016

Sean Davey, Lucile Carson, Euan Graham, Mona Khizam, Penny Ryan, Barak Zelig,  Nicci Haynes and Caren Florance were all involved in a great exhibition at the Tuggerenong Arts Centre that I enjoyed but forgot to write up. Ian warden’s article on it does a much better job of covering it than I ever would so I have just included the link to it and some pics below.

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/canberra-life/refugees-boat-bobs-up-at-tuggeranong-arts-centre-20161014-gs2ewc.html

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.