The National Library does history beautifully. Right now there is a remarkable exhibition of Chinese posters from the early Mao era. They are classic, They are stylistic, They embody a fabulous insight into both Chinese history and culture. There is a visual beauty in the twenty simply hing images that draws the eye.
Sample pics are below do not give anything like the strikingness of the real images.
Seven artists have collaborated on this exhibition. The artists are all experienced and respected with varied practice specialisations and approaches to their art. All of the artists have woven Canberra into their art.The pictures below give a sense of the range within the exhibition
I demonstrate remarkable self control in the presence of artworks by Avital Scheffer. Every fibre of my body cries out to touch, caress and pick up these attractive ceramic artifacts. The objects ooze Middle Eastern culture from the faded sun drenched colours to the faded painted Hebrew inscriptions on parts of the works.
Scheffer creates objects that evoke Arabian nights with their wonderful curves and decorative shapes. From the narrow necks and pointed stoppers ro the curvey bodies of these vessels there is a historical reference to all of her work.
I love her work and have the gallery sheet and some pics below
Steve Roper, Robyn Campbell, Lesley Lebkowicz, Anne Langridge and Georgina Bryant have cooperated with each other to put on an exhibition of paint, pottery, glass and clay at the Watson Arts Centre in July
These creatives show the use of lots of media to express themselves and the room is full of experiment and beauty. There are some examples and a gallery sheet below.
Often art exhibitions are a display of highly developed creative skill and innovation. Some are retrospectives and others are displays of beginners’ work. The magic of the current exhibition in the Watson Arts Centre is the fact that they have integrated the work of experts with that of beginners. In the one exhibition there are items made by children and beginner adults side by side with highly refined work by creatives with decades of expertise.
The other side of this exhibition is that some potters believe in smooth highly refined product and other mature producers believe in lightly worked and rough works. The result is a hundred works that range from thimble sized to large pot sized creations.
Julie Bartholemew in her Tread Carefully exhibition at Beaver Galleries engages some of the thorny issues of humans living and working on this planet. She combines a certain classy elegance with some confronting content to make it clear that we need to treat gently on planet Earth.
Using scientific equipment and chemical accoutrements created out of white porcelein she tweaks the items to convey a great message of care of the environment and respect for the plant life on the areas we live in. Each item has elegant copperplate writing that conveys information.
I did not have my camera so I only have gallery stuff below