Friday, 10 February 2017

Gerry Wedd: Kitschen Man – Jam Factory Icon

An huge overview of Gerry's cultural concerns. 

Delighted, challenged and always moved by Gerry's Australian Gothic series. Sculptural figurines are talking points that are tough, moral and universal such as vignette's from Wake in Fright, the Abu Ghraib torture victim and the melancholy of willow pattern decoration & landscape.

Round of applause for a true alt-country and independent music fan and all the images and text devoted to Gerry's favourite musicians. Urns also include representations of surfing fanaticism, and political passions.

Kitschen Man shows us that Gerry is an artist who feels and thinks deeply.  He continues to push his craft into fresh realms. Grayson Perry describes the job of an artist is to 'notice things'. Gerry notices, distills and presents us with a world that is both wonderful and horrible using the clay surface as a dark mirror.

Wednesday 8 February – Saturday 18 March 2017

Manningham Art Gallery
687 Doncaster Rd, Doncaster, Victoria

Voyager Pot, 2016 coil built, cobalt decorated earthenware
Gram Pot, 2016 hand built, slip decorated earthenware
Australian Gothic tableau & 'personal' works from Wedd's kitchen on the back wall including peer potters & family.

Monday, 6 February 2017

The Sculpture of Bronwyn Oliver (1959-2006)

An astounding retrospective of a major artist's work. I knew of some of Bronwyn Oliver's work in particular the work 'Iris' which was (and happily still is) part of the State Craft Collection and pictured below.  This exhibition also presents early pre-copperwire cane, paper and fibre glass sculptures.  Wonderfully curated by Julie Ewington, this is the first comprehensive survey of 50 key works, from the mid-1980s to the final solo exhibition in 2006.  Thanks to TarraWarra for the breadth of work. I treasured the opportunity to concentrate on the many different repetitive patterns and textures created by Oliver with wire. 

TarraWarra Museum of Art

311 Healesville-Yarra Glen Road Healesville, Victoria

Umbra, 2003, copper, 110 x 110 x 20 cm © Estate of Bronwyn Oliver, courtesy Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney.

detail Umbra
detail Umbra
Lock,  2002 copper

detail Lock
Iris, 1989, copper, Victorian State Craft Collection, Hamilton Gallery

work from the early 1980s using cane, paper & fibreglass
Cane infrastructure used before cooper wire
Find following a series of detailed images highlighting the vast, complex and intricate range of textures, patterns and joining techniques from wire.

Work from the early 1980s.

Friday, 16 December 2016

Survey 2016 @ SoCA

Survey 2016 is a selection of ceramics and drawing by students, teachers and guest artists created at SoCA in 2016, curated by the directors Shane Kent and Kate Jones within the spacious walls of the SoCA school. 

An exhibition 'infrastructure' utilised the industrial archaeology of the building and carefully selected found objects that highlight worn, natural surfaces. Ceramic work and drawing is displayed to create vignettes of aesthetic experience rather than representative presentations of individual work. This approach highlights the palette of materials offered by SoCA and the school's ethos of expressing material quality with innate individual touch with clay.

Survey 2016 was indeed a treat for my love of a 'soft eye' experience. 

Works were unlabeled, adding to the desire for a 'whole school' experience.

Thursday 15-Sunday 18 December 2016 11am-5pm

26-28 Ovens Street Brunswick