Nguram Gang – Home district @ Murray Art Museum Albury

14 Sept – 15 Oct 2017

I love it when galleries highlight either or both student art and local artistry. The Nguram Gang exhibition at Murray Art Museum Albury is an excellent case of this combination. The gallery is host to an art project from the Finlay Primary School in which the students created objects reflecting many traditional indigenous arts. The thing I liked most was the table full of bark huts. The students had created a set of houses from pieces of tree bark that were scale models of tent like dwellings. The artistry and simplicity was great.

The gallery link is below

http://www.mamalbury.com.au/see-and-do/exhibitions/nguram-gang-home-district

Porosity Karabi – Trent Jensen, Richard Goodson and Ishan Khosla @ Nishi Gallery

10 June – 9 July 2017

Nishi Gallery in New Acton hosted a gorgeous exhibition of varied media in June July this year. Three artists wove intercultural elements into their exhibition titled – Porosity Karabi.

Trent Jensen, Richard Goodson and Ishan Khosla produced works in pottery, metal, wood and repurposed product. The objects have a quirky look and are full of surprises.

Pictures below help with the look of the exhibition.

 

 

Skating on thin ice – Keith Bailey @ M16 Artspace

6-23 July 2017

This exhibition in July resulted from a trip Keith Bailey took to Antarctica. The display combines black and white photographic prints with grand icy blue paintings. The blue is a richer hue than what I have seen in other works out of the area but the impression on the long wall of the space truly evokes the unoccupied spacial grandeur of the massive ice sheets. Pics and gallery material give insight to Bailey’s great sense of the area.

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.

The Gift – Art Artifacts and Arrivals @ Museum of Australian Democracy

There is a gorgeous exhibition of artifacts of migrants to Australia at the Museum of Australian Democracy currently. The exhibition brings together stories, pictures, art works, photographs and other materials to tell fascinating stories of courage, bravery, loyalty and love woven through the migrant experience.

The stories are illuminated via belts, suitcases, glass artworks and lots of other treasures. One display has a roll of very large pictures of several generations in a refugee families. This exhibition has a focus on Jewish refugees whose stories have the added power of the intensity of their experience post World War Two.

Some pictures below.