The power of black and white art comes through the focus on line and form through the absence of colour. The art of the father and son Clark exhibition is gloomy in tone and fuzzy in definition. Tobias works in charcoal and John uses oil and charcoal.
NIshi Gallery does not advertise well. I go by to look into the window when I am in the area. The one there at present is GOLD. It combines music, sculpture, fabrics painting and other media. However the real awesome feature of it is that it is anchored in a story about lots of migrants and refugees who came to Australia from Germany after the war. They were all musicians or musically connected. When they arrived in Australia there was little interest in giving them orchestral work in post war Australia and so most of them had to walk from their music.
This exhibition uses discarded pianos and a great collection of artifacts to connect with loss. It has music, it has fabrics and it has photographs and it casts a marvelous emotional tone. It tells a story I did not know about and it tells it well.
Below are some connected websites and some images from the exhibition.
There are a collection of fun digital artworks on display at the Nishi Gallery at New Acton that have been produced by ANU art students and staff. Some are interactive with sensors translating the viewer’s action through software into intresting changes in the art work. Others are created using digital ways and means to produce moving images that are funny and confronting.
There is a large wall poster of the Australian Prime Minister as the minister for women created out of thousands of smaller high definition pictures that are largely soft porn or advertising type images. It is remarkable to look at both from a distance and close up.
As is often the case in Canberra it wa great to chat with some of the artists at the space. It is only on for a short time and I find it sad that info about shows at this adventurous space is so hard to find.
Furniture is a functional part of our lives and it also a vehicle for unending creativity and design that shapes every aspect of it. The students from the ANU School of Art Furniture Workshop have an exhibition of their work on at the Nishi Gallery at present. There are light fittings, chairs, sideboards, shelving and many other things made of timber.
People who work with wood seem interested in surfaces, construction and the variety of colour and texture available. This set is awash with rich variety available in timber in mody of the creations. I have included pics below to give a sense of the range.
Turning wood left overs into useful household objects is what this exhibitions is all about. Boyaandgirlco are a partnership that do interior design in houses and commercial facilities. Their style is to create wonderful useful and decorative objects four use in the house and commercial locations. I love this – it is so not IKEA. They put glass tops on some table because the finish of much of the wood they use is not table smooth but lots of the furniture is left with unfinished surfaces.
A delightful collaboration in the exhibition is with an artist going by the name “Bookie”. The artworks are created on plyboard and the colours are natural looking ans some look like they are burnt on. They are happy images and look so insync with the other creations in the space
Some links are below and some snaps. http://www.boyandgirlco.com.au https://www.facebook.com/pages/boyandgirlco/331347013672456
Some photography is art – some is powerful messaging. The photographer Thomas Mukoya is in the later category. In the Nishi Gallery for the next week there is a stirring exhibition of large format colour photographs of women who are surviving in the “most dangerous place on earth to be a woman” The Democratic Republic of the Congo is riddled with war and all sorts of social disfunction and violence. These photographs tell a story of violence and victimisation and the use of sex to control and terrorise women and girls.
The photographs tell a story of hope and courage as the women face and deal with life in the presence of conflict, oppresion and systematic violence. The women work with education, health care, food supply and every other necessary part of life with cooperation and care.
I have attached the brochure with donation details and some of the images from this powerful exhibition.