Monday, 5 December 2016

Ramesh & Richard - Discuss 'In the Beginning'

  • Monumentalism
  • The context of the museum and cultural value of collected objects
  • Use of religious & cultural imagery 
Listen Richard Watt on RRR's show Smartarts Thursday 24th November 2016 link here:

Go to the 49 minute mark for the interview or start at 44 minutes and hear my favourite Courtney Barnett song. 

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Jane Sawyer: Rain Shadows

It's a pleasure to watch the trajectory of a maker who continues to surprise and inspire. Jane responds to the important issue of climate change and our human need to address the collection, storage and consumption of water. 

Jane's fluid technique of throwing, altering and slip application reflects the qualities of captured water and her fingertips apply slip in rainy-streaks and splashes. 

Excitingly, Jane has also moved 'off' the vessel (bucket & watering can) to the shadow cast by these water carriers. Clay silhouette's become cloud forms, sitting on the wall like a brooding storm on the horizon.

Expanding the phenomenon from which this exhibition takes it's name (1), the shadow becomes a surface on which Jane let's loose with gestural slip and sgraffitto, 'drawing in' the object of her attention. These marks are wonderfully confident and expressive. I suspect years of drawing alongside many other accomplishments!

Rain Shadow explanation from Jane Sawyer's exhibition brochure  
A rain shadow is a dry area on the leeward side of tha mountainous area (away  from the wind). The mountains block the passage of rainproducing weather systems and cast a "shadow" of dryness behind them.  

tacit contemporary art 

312 Johnston Street, Abbotsford

Accompanied by text by poet and writer Carolyn Leach-Paholski.

30 November - 18 December 2016


The Cloud Gatherer, 2016 red eathenware
Rainmakers, 2016 red earthenware


Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran: In the Beginning

Pertinent use of University of Melbourne's museum collections to add snap and sparkle to Ramesh's magpie-like assemblage of stuff. 


A panopoly of materials and joyfully self referential and neo-expressionist outpouring across all surface. 


Hyper-fun, combined with layers of cultural and history of art references hidden amidst the jetsom. 


Ian Potter Museum of Art

22 November 2016 - 26 February 2017

Ceramic Jug, Cyprus, c 2300-2200BCE University of Melbourne Art Collection

Uniitled Figure 13 2016 earthenware, glaze, gold lustre, plantinum lustre, enamel & Untitled (Hindu God) not dated, concrete The University of Melbourne Art Collection. Purchased by the Faculty of Architecture. Unkown Artist (Madhubani, India) Kali, the black goddess, 1982, brush and ink on paper,  The University of Melbourne Art Collection. Purchased by the Faculty of Indian Studies.
Untitled, 2016, Bronze
Untitled Figure 14, 2016, un-fired clay, synthetic wig, glitter, acrylic, garbage bag, plastic fern

Sunday, 27 November 2016

Kintsugi Interest

Go to the source for impeccable restorations using kintsugi.

If you don't know of this blog,  Andrew Baseman's blog Past Imperfect blog post are full of ingenious gems of restoration.

Here's the PastImperfect entry on kintsugi where Andrew has presented some amazing historic examples.

As for local masters, here's Petrus Spronk

RMIT Ceramics Graduate Exhibition

Object Based Practice

RMIT Building 4 Basement (Ceramics Studio)

Wednesday 23 November 2016

Exciting EOY exhibition by RMIT ceramics students. Impressive range of conceptual interests and ways of working with clay displayed here.

See-Mum Soo I Seek for Sanctuary, 2016 stoneware, porcelain, cord

Lucy Mactier, Various Envies,  2016 stoneware

Lucy Mactier, The Landscape of Love,  2016 stoneware

Samantha O'Farrell Freak Show1, Humanoid,  2016 eathernware

Alexandra Casey Glory, 2016 Southern Ice Porcelain, gold & silver lustre

Rebecca Smith Spring 2016 porcelain, sugar, jasmine, rose petals, egg whites, paper, gouache, copper, enamel

Janice Ng Identity Revealed  2016 porcelain

Tao Delves Untitled 2016 stoneware

Te Claire Series 1-11 2016 earthenware, underglaze, human hair, gouache, wood, glass, latex

Te Claire Torso & Fly 2016 earthenware, glaze, human hair, fly, latex, wax, cotton

Eva Giannoulidis Wallflower 2016 stonewarwe

Also part of the RMIT graduate night is Masters student Lesley Walsh
Lesley Walsh From One State To Another: From Disorder to Renewal