Curious Tales – A Journey through Form – Pete Bollington @ CraftACT Gallery

6 April – 13 May 2017

Highly crafted timber furniture is always attractive. Pete Bollington has 14 gorgeous functional creations made from various fine timbers. There is a credenza, some mirrors, some tables, stools, and an entertainment unit and a shelving unit. The wonderful craftsmanship woven into each of these constructions make all of them very attractive. All of them are for sale and the prices are on the gallery sheets below. Pics give an insight into the quality and style of the works.

 

 

Labyrinths of the mind – Sholto Morton @ M16 Artspace

25 May – 11 June 2017

In chatting with Sholto Morton at the opening I got an insight into his approach in creating his rich tapestries of painted intricassy. Standing in front of these the mind goes from thoughts of Persian carpets to Hindu tapestries but those references are not the same as these complex intriguing works of careful construction and beautiful choices of colour.

Some pics below (Do not do these works justice) and gallery materials

Suburban Spirits – Sean O’Çonnell @Huw Davies Gallery Photoaccess

25 May – 18 June 2017

Suburban Spirits – Sean OÇonnell @Huw Davies Gallery Photoaccess

Every time I go into Photoaccess I have an expectation of surprise. The participants in the fields of photography are always experimenting and the stuff that makes it onto the walls at Huw Davies Gallery is rarely ordinary.

At a recent opening titled Suburban Spirits I got to talk with Sean OÇonnell about his intriguing images’. Sean is a jeweller by training. In this exhibition he has taken objects found in the home of his grandparents and made them the heart of images formed on large format film through the use of various rays and electric radiations. The results sometimes look cosmic and others have a living growing quality but everyone draws you in for exploration.

On display these are largely in backlit timber and glass boxes made by Sean and several of them have the object from his grandparent’s home displayed next to the photograph.

Pics and gallery sheets below

Places and people of Interest – Kate Hine and Maxine Price @ Form Studio and Gallery

Until May 23 2017

Kate Hine creates wonderful collages in black and white that draw on house and home in a life that involved regular moves. The works are drawn from family memorabilia and drawings she has done at earlier times.

Maxine Price creates marvellous pottery figures that have a sense of fun and at times an aura of melancholy.  She has a set of creations now that model the style she has refined to high art. There are only a small number but each one is a charming and heart warming reflection of humanity.

Pics of works by both artists below.

Luke Aleksandrow – The Break Collection: Volume One @ CCAS Manuka

The Break Collection is a set of broken pottery items on the floor accompanied by a sound track. Luke Aleksandrow has curated a work that has smashed pottery artworks originally created by local artists. The broken pottery is lying on the floor in distinctive piles. He has put them together with a sound track of the smashing of the items.

The pics are below.

Bulgari – Italian Jewellery @ National Gallery of Victoria

Some areas of creativity evoke awe in me. High end jewellery is one such area. Bulgari have been a standard setter in the field for around 100 years. Their styles have led the market in decade after decade, Their products have decorated celebrities at all the right events and they still have a reputation for creativity and excellence.

At the NGV right now there is a glitzily mounted exhibition of items from the company’s heritage collection and it demonstrates all the features of their craft. Mounted in glass cases with notes “Do not touch the items” are a collection of sumptuously laid out integration of jewellery,high quality metals and gemstones. There are notes that explain their connection to significant people and events. My phone battery had gone dead so I have put below the gorgeous website of the Bulgari Heritage Collection so you can get the sense of these extraordinary creations.

Bulgari Heritage Page Gorgeous pictures and text

http://www.bulgari.com/en-us/the-heritage-collection-page

NGV Web page

http://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/exhibition/italian-jewels/

 

 

Carmel D’Ambrosio- Made in New York @M16 Artspace

20th October – 6th November 2016

Some times you see art that is unique and it evokes admiration. Carmel D’Ambrosio’s Made in New York exhibition was in that category. In one part of the exhibition she had a set of landscape photographs that had been over stitched to give texture to vegetation and other features. The micro stiching and the mixed colour got so close to reality that the photographs came alive with depth and almost movement. I got to talk with Carmel about the process while in the gallery and still felt awe after he explanation

Another part of the exhibition featured photographs taken in New York. for me the the most striking one was of men walking on a pipe for maintenance. It had so many layers and had such remarkable composition I asked her if it was photoshoped. She said that it was the greatest good luck she was there at the time. (and I would say a good eye and some skill).

I lost the pics I took but the gallery sheets are below

imag0020 imag0021 imag0022@M16 Artspace 20 Oct – 6 Nov 2016