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.

The international exhibition of Sherlock Homes @ Powerhouse Museum Sydney

Until October 8

In my six decades of life I do not think Sherlock has been absent from any of those. This exhibition at the Powerhouse is a testament to the multi layered phenomenon that flows from the Arthur Conan Doyle character

The exhibition has wonderful stage sets, ephemera, inter-actives, puzzles to solve and heaps of fascinating text. I loved the complexity of the experience. Grandparents were competing with primary school children to solve mysteries and get their sheets stamped. Lots of people were having fun experiences with the many interactive exhibition elements. People like me followed the museum richness of the space which includes vast amounts of the historical expressions of this phenomena including the many forms of comics, other languages, pottery representations, typed manuscripts and heaps of other fascinating stuff.

The whole exhibition is done in low light and the experience was increased by the constant presence of the hubub of people of all ages.

Some images below give a sense of what the experience is like

Specimens – Taylor Singh @ Tuggerenong Arts Centre

6-29 April 2017

The blurb suggests that this exhibition could be found to be a bit macabre by some viewers. The artist has combined academic studies in Art and Science and has turned specimens from the ANU’s Gould museum into art works. I loved the artistry and the nature of the content even tho I am not a student of anatomy. Have a look at the selections below to see How Singh as turned artifacts of science into art.

Erica Seccombe – The Lady Botanist @ Megalo Studio ad Gallery

= The intersection with high tech science and art often reveals extraordinary artistry and creativity embedded in the creation that goes unseen. This exhibition is the product of time spent by Erica Seccombe at the Natural History Museum in London. Working with an artist;s best friend X-ray Micro Computed Tomography whe has generated a set of hauntingly beautiful images of natural objects seen through high end imaging and printed on flat black or blue backgrounds. The ghost like beings seem to float on the image and challenge the viewer to make sense of the image or imagine what the fleshed out creature would look like.

Images and gallery material below

Art in the garden with friends @ Australian National Botanic Gardens

18 March – 17 April 2017

Humans are incorrigibly creative. Botanical artists always amaze me in the creativity they display within self chosen constraints. These artists have a passion for precision. The accuracy and detail that is woven into most of these works never ceases to amaze me.

The creativity comes in with scale, detail,context. and a myriad of styles and techniques.. I have always loved attending these styles of exhibitions and this is an annual one centering around the work of Friends of the Australian National Botanical Gardens. Sadly there are no photographs signs all around so I have only included public advertising display material below.

Tom Buckland – Contact Light @ Canberra Contemporary Arts Space

The Blurb for this exhibition on the website is as follows:

Fueled by a lifetime fascination with manned spaceflight and frustrated with Australia’s lack of a space program, sculptor Tom Buckland has developed his own DIY backyard space expedition agency. Contact Light chronicles Tom’s homemade space odyssey into the unknown, displaying hand-made equipment, artefacts, spacecraft and spacesuits to recount a fictional journey into the unknown.

Pictures of the exhibition

Erica Seccombe @ ANU School of Art Gallery

8-16 October 2016

This exhibition was part of the Graduate Exhibition series the ANU School of Art stages in their gallery each year. Erica Seccombe’s was a remarkable set of video creations in which in a dark room took the viewer into the beautiful world of microscopic living forms that transformed in front of your eyes combined with materials taken from the slow growing treescape of the Canberra Arboretum. Some of the images were so engrossing in their slow and beautiful movement it was hard to look away.

There are a couple of still shots below taken at the show. I hope I see more of her work.

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National Arboretum Story Display @ National Arboretum

In the Information Centre at the National Arboretum there is a gorgeous multi faceted exhibition that tells the story of the great project that is the National Arboretum.

The exhibition is mounted in a dozen large glass topped display tables and each interestingly shaped tables that are topically laid out with great photos, embedded objects and great information panels. The Arboretum is a project that is working on lots of levels. There are the trees. There is the idea of 100 Forests. There is cultural heritage. There is species conservation. There is international cooperation. The bushfire recovery is also part of it. The display takes all these elements and weaves them into an attractive and informative narrative.

Pics below but as it is all under highly reflective glass they do not do the displays justice.

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Ships, clocks and stars: The Quest for Longitude @ Australian National Maritime Museum

5 May – 30 October 2016

One of the hats I wear is that I am a Middle School History teacher. We study the Middle Ages and the voyages of discovery so the idea of an exhibition about The Search for Longitude combined professional learning and fun.  The Australian National Maritime Museum is the right place for this exhibition and their exhibitions are always thoroughly researched and intelligently mounted.

I am in awe of this exhibition. It intelligently tells the story of the quest for an accurate way to establish longitude while sailing around the world. They track the scientific integration with government quests to solve the problem. There is a marvellous textual and pictorial narrative of the larger than life characters involveed and the intense competition and rivalry between people involved in the quest.

The bit I liked the most was that they had working examples of the various clock like devices and lots of other instruments such as sextants. I was riveted to the wonderful text panels and other display materials

The saddest part of this exhibition was there was a ban on photography in side so I have only included two pics taken of the publicity materials on the way up to the area where the exhibition was held.

This was a great experience and it is an exhibition at the right place.

Website page

Advert Flyer

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Forbidden Fruit Sailer and Ryman @ Australian National Botanical Gardens

20 April – 8 May 2016

Forbidden Fruit featuring work by Prue Sailer and Susan Ryman is the current exhibition at the gallery in the Australian National Botanical Gardens. Both artists have PhDs in Natural History illustration. Th in new ways.e artworks are not the standard botanical drawings but both artists sink their art in their skills of portraying the natural world in art.

Salter’s art features colour matched sets of small and larger works featuring birds and still life scenes Susan Ryman’s work has a renaissance look to it but is anchored in the representing of plants. The sample pics below give you a sense of their styles.

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