DESIRE. SOLITUDE. ACCEPTANCE. PRESERVATION.
Saturday 21 April, Sunday 22 April, Saturday 28 April, Sunday 29 April,
Saturday May 5, Sunday May 6, 10am-4pm
Featuring new works by artists Lachlan Chang, Annette Kelsey, Bernadette Meyers, Christine Simpson.
Constant Craving: Desire. Solitude. Acceptance. Preservation. showcases four artists responses to Dr Therese Kenyon's curatorial brief where she considers our drive to consume, questions the way we create meaning for ourselves in the world and reflects upon our cravings for something new, but perhaps not that important to our lives.
Simpson’s response to this brief is Desire. Former material possessions have been largely repurposed and reimagined as other ‘Objects of My Desire’, purveying a cycle for craving beauty in the tangible realm. For this exhibition Simpson has worked with textile reassembly and the dyeing, coating, stitching and perforating of paper.
Meyers constantly craves Solitude in nature, noting the things she loves the most cannot be insured or replaced. She is a chronic collector of things that can’t be bought such as feathers and insect wings. Meditative walks and art journaling have resulted in mixed media works including photography, installation, collage, drawing and printmaking. Her works ask us to slow down and take time to appreciate the natural world more fully.
Kelsey observes that our cravings for attention and Acceptance have reached epidemic proportions in a skewed world that informs you immediately if you are ‘liked’ via social media. The current social media obsession is the result of cunning technological engineering that targets the reward centres of the brain. Kelsey has documented her journey craving acceptance through poetry, watercolour and mixed media.
Chang’s artwork for this exhibition is concerned with the need for Preservation. His work is a response to constant consumerism in everyday life, and stresses our need to preserve the natural world. Through his use of found objects, natural materials and sound, Chang’s installation challenges our ‘throw away, single use’ society.
Image: from left, details of works by Christine Simpson, Lachlan Chang, Bernadette Meyers and Annette Kelsey
Special thanks to Christine Simpson and Dr Therese Kenyon for their writing contributions.
The next Constant Craving exhibition commences 26 May-10 June and the final in the series will take place 23 June - 8 July.
Thursday 17 May, 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.
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.'