Constant Craving: IN A MATERIAL WORLD
Saturday 26 May, Sunday 27 May, Saturday 2 June, Sunday 3 June, Saturday 9 June, Sunday 10 June, 10am-4pm
Invoking Shakespeare, the sermon on the mount, supermarket aisles and post industrial landscapes four artists explore slivers of line between getting and having, collecting and hoarding, discarding and re-assignment as they consider meaning ‘in a material world’.
Constant Craving - In A Material World features new works by Tara Axford, Paul Cooper, Christina Frank and Ariella Friend. The artists have responded to Dr Therese Kenyon's curatorial brief, where she considers our drive to consume and the way we create meaning in a material world.
Tara Axford explores a bower bird tendency to ‘collect’ brightly coloured things. She plays with scale in her practice, and arranges pieces so they are viewed differently. Here she reveals her personal collections of new and ‘used’. The colours in these ‘collections’ underpin our daily lives - from the plastic toys of early childhood to the RGB screens we view. These colours also feature in the brightly lit aisles that sell us what we ‘need’. WHAT WE MUST GET. This is reflective of consumerism at its beginning and end.
The internet’s ever-present convenience and its desire to service our need for instant gratification is the backbone for the works of Paul Cooper in this ‘Constant Craving – in a Material World’ exhibition. Using Shakespeare’s idea of the witch as inspiration, Cooper is exploring the notion of satisfaction and how well the world wide web appeases cravings.
By the pricking of my thumbs,
Something wicked this way comes.
Whoever knocks – Macbeth Act 4, Scene 1
As spirit and soul, Christina Frank is interested in how we live ‘in a material world’: a question tackled by religions, responding to the anxiety of this tension, and the apparently universal human inclination to excess. Her sculptural installation is derived from a meandering series of influences, from Roman Jerusalem to Amazon backwaters, Ancient Egypt and the British Empire, to modern day Adelaide Botanic Gardens. Exploring the idea of ‘grace’ and its relationship to ‘craving’, between ‘receiving’ and ‘getting’, she considers in particular the story and life cycle of the extraordinary Victoria Amazonica Water Lily.
Ariella Friend’s body of work proposes a new landscape where what we throw away becomes part of what will become. It comprises sculptural forms that resemble nature yet feel strangely unfamiliar- existing somewhere in the gap between fiction and reality symbolizing an altered landscape, a place where the dualities of domination and loss are explored and the interconnectedness of all things is apparent.
The final exhibition in the Constant Craving series commences 23 June - 8 July.
Image: Tara Axford
Illustrating A Narrative: Nettie Lodge 8 Week Course
13 June - 1 August, Wednesdays, 10.00am-1.00pm
Nettie Lodge present an 8 week course in Illustrating A Narrative, which may include artist books, text artwork, illustrating graphic novels, poems, children's books, fiction, travel diary, book covers and more! It's aimed at participants who may be interested in illustrating a narrative for the purpose of publication, or, to create an artist book , or to develop the necessary tools to create and illustrate an individual narrative text as a series of art works. The course is tailored to the specific style and needs of each participant.
The hands on course is focused on developing……
- Perceptual, imaginative and technical skills to create a personal narrative project.
- An understanding of how to dissect a narrative for illustration.
- General technical and creative drawing skills for the purpose of illustration, including media such as watercolour, acrylic, collage, photomontage, pen and ink, mono printing and pencils. Participants will have the opportunity to experiment with all the demonstrated techniques.
- Developing illustration for individual projects with one on one feedback for each participant.
Shona Wilson MASTERCLASS:
Re-Membering: A Personal Talisman
Saturday 1 July and Saturday 28 July
Announcing a Masterclass in July with distinguished artist Shona Wilson! This will be a 2 day masterclass ( bookending a 28 day moon cycle) creating a talisman or personal spirit object with natural found materials and personal treasures.
Participants will create a surprising and beautiful object that is more than an artwork but one that contains special meaning and power for them. The work can be hung on the wall or ceiling without a frame.
The workshop is for two full days, 1 July and 29 July, plus work on the project in-between these dates. Day one of the workshop focuses on developing ideas and advancing skills and techniques with materials followed by planning, drawing and beginning making. Day two is finishing and resolving the creations along with sharing the meaning and narratives embedded in the works. The period in betwixt is for participants to further work on their creation and its symbolism. Participants must be able to attend both workshop days.
Shona Wilson is a contemporary sculptor who has engaged with natural found material to create both intricate and awe inspiring assemblages and sculptures for over 20 yrs. She exhibits nationally and internationally and is represented by Arthouse Gallery, Sydney Australia. They write “The artist perceives nature’s materials to be repositories of information, stories and knowledge: 'for me, these materials have become a set of keys, unlocking doors to science, history, memory, imagination and spirit.'
Thursday 12 July, 10.30-12.30pm.
A art exchange group for artists working in all media that meets bi-monthly. Join with other practicing artists to engage in discussing work practices, guided critique sessions and mentoring from peers in a supportive environment. Contribute to discussions about the conceptual basis of work practices, experimental concepts and methodologies along with sharing upcoming opportunities for artists.
If you have work in progress or completed work that you would like to invite peoples supportive feedback please bring work along that you would like to share. If you have no work to bring along this meeting just join in the feedback and enjoy the lively art conversation.