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/

Ann Zahalka – Landscape revisited @ Murray Art Museum Albury

26 May – 5 Nov 2017

Ann Zahalka gives you a new take on iconic Australian paintings. She takes familiar landscape paintings and inserts new people to give them a cheekily different take on their place in our history. Each of these artworks have a funny side to them. One which originally had an English pioneer couple preparing to build their first house among tall gum trees now features a set of post World War Two Italian migrants sitting in the same scene.

The gallery page is below.

http://www.mamalbury.com.au/see-and-do/exhibitions/the-landscape-revisited-anne-zahalka

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

 

Figurative Visions @ M16 Artspace

6-23 July 2017

Three artists cooperated to produce an exhibition of sensitive out of focus treatments of various subject matters at M16 in july. All three artists showed a similar gentle take on their art. Pictures below show the range of their approaches. The three artists were Roger Beale, Rick Cochrane and Chan Dissanayake.

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.

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.

Flights of Fancy – Gillian Wilde @ Belconnen Arts Centre

26 Aug – 17 Sept 2017

The artworks of Gillian Wilde in this exhibition feature birds. The birds that are featured are not twee pretty forms but ragged. She has linked the artworks of birds to her sense of history and place through her artist statement on the gallery sheet below.

The pics and galley sheet below give a sense of what she has created.

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