Looking at painting

Carmen Glynn-Braun – Intricasies of Identity

The blurb for this exhibition on the website reads, LOOKING AT PAINTING features artists that push the boundaries of the canvas. It features a mix of emerging, mid-career and established artists who work with painting and experiment with the medium through approaches to collaboration, material, process and installation.The artists explore very different themes and ideas through their artworks, but each has a unique story that starts with the mark-making of paint. Through this exhibition, audiences will see the diversity of the form of expanded painting today, and many of its possibilities.

This exhibition is on till January 23 2021. The website for this exhibition is https://www.casulapowerhouse.com/visit/casula-powerhouse-exhibitions/2021-exhibitions/looking-at-painting

Ramayana – The Journey of Shri Ram at Casula Powerhouse

This exhibition at Casula Powerhouse gives the visitor a marvelous insight into one of the great stories of Hinduism. The creators of the display have built a couple of dozen diaramas that each show the main characters of part of the tale in a scene from the overall story. They have accompanied the scenes with a QR code that links you to a thirty second reading from the scene in front of you. The scenes are richly coloured and tell the story clearly. I loved it

The exhibition is on until Sunday November 21


Sense of place at Casula Powerhouse Art Centre

The Display titled Sense of Place at Casula Powerhouse

The picture above is a special place for me. I see lots of art and I am especially thankful for those who foster opportunities for school students to create art and have it displayed for the public. Right now there is an exhibition in this upstairs corridor space. The work which is unashamedly inspired by Ken Done has been curated from the creatives attending Busby West Public School, Liverpool Public School and Unity Grammar High School.

As you would expect from student inspired by the work of Done it is all awash with bright colours and the students have done their creations on bags, hats, tshirts and paper on the walls. The exhuberant nature of their work is something that lifts your spirit as you walk by.

The website for Casula is https://www.casulapowerhouse.com/ Busby West Public School, Liverpool Public School, Unity Grammar High School, Ken Done, Casula Powerhouse,

Paramor Prize – art and innovation 2017 @ Casula Powerhouse

18 Feb 2017 23 April 2017

Each year the Casula Powerhouse hold an exhibition of works that are named as finalists in the Paramor Prize. The prize isnamed in honour of a local artist and seems to focus on adventurous multi-modal art.  I love it because of the novelty and the way it challenges my thinking. Art is delivered via screens and other electronic devices, it emerges from sculptural and multi media approaches and there is still a representation of wall based two dimensional creations and all of it seems to stimulate and engage.

I do not put movies on this blog but I have included several samples of the varied art styles to give a sense of the exhibition.

Hedar Abadi – Save Our Fish From Drowning @ Casula Powerhouse

18-2-2017 – 23-04-2017

The gallery sheet below explains the background of this exhibition and the artist. What you see in the gallery is a spectacular set of images that engage from the outset..There is an integration of human, fish and other forms in flowing interconnections represented through rich vibrant and liquid colours.

There are erotic elements, there  are ugly social commentary parts and there is humour. I reveled in this gallery full of thirty four remarkable creations. He has a remarkable gift and the pictures below gives you a sense of the style and content.

Pics and website



Next 2017 @ Casula Powerhouse

18 Feb -23 April 2017

Liverpool high schools combine each year to exhibit high quality art from their students in a show at  Casula Powerhouse. i have seen previous shows but I am convinced that this one is the best I have seen. The skills and the exciting creativity on show is marvelous.

Many of the schools have student populations that draw from many migrant communities and this fact enriches the subject matter and styles on show. There are religious and cultural elements all through the exhibition and a remarkable level of insight and sensitivity expressed.

Have a look at the examples I have put below. I was rapt.



What is the Meme-ing of this? @ Casula Powerhouse

The website explains this exhibition in part in the following way

CPAC Youth proudly present an array of works created by young people expressing how youth consume and interact with media, questioning what media is for young people, as well as how they are represented within it.

‘What’s the Meme-ing of this?!’ draws from a counter-culture created by millennials, and a territory often foreign to professionals to show how Memes can use humour, play and divergent thinking as vehicles to push agendas that resonate with young audiences.

The images are often fun and often confronting. A great take on Memes




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New World Order @ Casula Powerhouse

9 Dec 2016 – 12 Feb 2017

This is an awesomely timed exhibition at the end of a remarkable year of post truth, white conspiracy ascendancy. In the blurb below the ambit of the show is spelt out. I went through the exhibition without reading the blurb and well researched booklet that goes with the artworks. I found some of the works worrying with their clarity of the nature of the challenge posed by some of the issues addressed. To me the most remarkable was three and four below which addressed blockchain and bitcoin in a discomforting way. I loved this exhibition for its adventurous spirit.

Artists: Hany Armanious, Simon Denny, Beau Emmett, Eva and Franco Mattes, Soda_Jerk, Jess Johnson, Alexis Mailles and Yujun Ye, Ryan Presley, Zoe M. Robertson, Suzanne Treister and Pope Alice Xorporation.

The blurb below takes you to the heart of this exhibition

Exposés, conspiracy theories, cybernetic tarot cards, hacked city-scapes, UFO blanket paintings, alternate currencies, illusions, paradoxes and alternate endings, New World Order is an opportunity to think about how we make sense of the world in a post-internet era.
Some sample pics

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Beyond Refugee: Citizens @ Casula Powerhouse

27 July – 11 September 2016

A parallel exhibition to the Refugees exhibition at the Casula Powerhouse was the Beyond Refugees – Citizens one. What a powerful and needed statement these exhibitions are in the current hyper fearful context. The blurb and some sample pics are below.

Former refugees and asylum seeker artists, citizens and non-citizens of Australia reflect on the basic, beautiful and fundamental rights of every human being to freedom and peace.

CuriousWorks proudly presents a collection of photo-media and video works made by local Sydney based artists who are former refugees, current asylum seekers and first generation Australians whose families fled war to settle in Australia. Beyond Refuge: citizens is an exhibition that asserts the beautiful and fundamental rights of every human being to freedom and peace. It is also a cry to those who have lost their freedom, through the structures and exertions of power.

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This exhibition is presented and produced by CuriousWorks and was first initiated through a partnership with Settlement Services International’s Arts Program.

Refugees @ Casula Powerhouse

25 July – 11 September 2016
There was a great exhibition over the last few months at the Casula Powerhouse that was wonderfully relevant and timely because it was titled Refugees. The blurb on the website reads:
Refugees is a landmark exhibition which brings together works by 22 world-renowned artists who share a refugee background. Important works by these high profile artists have never before been seen in Western Sydney.
Khadim Ali, Frank Auerbach, Christian Boltanski, Yosl Bergner, Judy Cassab, Marc Chagall, Max Ernst, Lucian Freud, Mona Hatoum, Ludwig Hirschfeld Mack, Guo Jian, Anish Kapoor, Inge King, Dinh Q. Lê, Nalini Malani, Helmut Newton, Yoko Ono, Aida Tomescu, Danila Vassilieff, Ai Wei Wei, Ah Xian and Anne Zahalka.
Drawing upon the past 120 years of artistic practice, across a number of continents and conflicts, the exhibition and associated public programs will give a voice to asylum seekers and refugees.
Pictures and the web page is below