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Andrei Davidoff Patina - New Work

Like a painters drop sheet and the end of its worthy use, this series of classical vessels are laden with dense layers coloured splashes and drips.  
Andrei Davidoff has emptied his glaze buckets in a chaotic but deliberate frenzy.  Pulling together a conceptual context for each pot with the use of decals and lustre brushwork. Titles such as After Olsen or Pantone Smash are fun and directive. With such large surfaces to explore, the opportunity to be visually provocative or add more layers of meaning has been missed.

Mr Kitly 381 Sydney Road Brunswick

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FRESH! 2017

Here is the latest and Fresh!-est bunch of selected students from graduating in craft, design and fine art tertiary courses throughout Victoria. 
Thanks to Kate Rhode who gave a compelling opening story outlining what qualities might be Fresh! (with emphasis on the exclamation mark).
...The point is that maybe magic is another of the synonyms we are searching for when we use the word fresh – and perhaps even more when we give it an exclamation mark. When we pinpoint something as fresh we are assigning it something of the qualities of magic – some un-nameable energy, we see some compelling transformation of the material world...So when you see all these works today at Craft and you think about the makers, you know the discussion, the comparisons that are being made with other existing work and other existing ideas, whether it be around the use of a technique or material or the concept or the combination of these things.
So when you see all these works today at Craft and you think abo…

Alison Frith: Topography - study of surface

Luscious, creamy volanic froth, invoking natural and lunar landscapes. 

Topography: A study of surface'  Tuesday 21st of February  Sofitel On Collins, Melbourne

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, Victo…

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

Find following a series of detailed images highlighting the vast, complex and intricate range of textures, patterns and joining techniques from wire.