02/11/15

Jonathan Delafield Cook | Ten Cubed Exhibition Extended

Such is the popularity of the work of Jonathan Delafield Cook that his exhibition at Ten Cubed gallery in Melbourne has been extended until the 12th of March.

The precision of his drawings are a result of his background in architecture, an area in which he studied and worked in before becoming an artist. In the artist’s words his objective is ‘to elevate the drawing, which has traditionally been seen as the preparatory study to the primary master work.’ Testaments to his skills in observation and discipline, these works are best viewed up close and in person so as to best appreciate the talent and effort involved in their creation.

After several years living in England, Jonathan has recently returned to Australia for 2015. Ten Cubed will be holding drinks at the gallery on Tuesday the 17th of February in order to celebrate both his arrival and this remarkable exhibition.

Jonathan Delafield Cook
24 September 2014 – 12 March 2015
Drinks February 17, 6:30 – 8pm
Ten Cubed
1489 Malvern Road, Glen Iris, 3146, VIC

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02/5/15

Tamara Dean | Here and Now, Sydney Morning Herald

Tamara Dean’s latest exhibition has been featured in an article in the Sydney Morning Herald. Here and Now is an immersive installation piece bringing together sight, touch, sound and scent in order to immerse viewers in nature.

The installation itself is a single dark room with three walls lined with mirrors and the fourth bearing an enormous photograph of nude figures in nature. The floor is flooded with water, with only a few stepping stones providing a place to stand. The space is also permeated by the sound of insects and an organic, muddy smell ‘like water on rocks.’

“(Here and Now) is a reminder about the value of nature in our lives and also that we are intrinsically linked to nature.” – Tamara Dean in the Sydney Morning Herald.

The true nature of the artwork was kept a secret by Dean right up until it’s opening, the only clue being that it would be ‘an immersive experience.’ The work also signals a new direction for Dean’s practice. With her origins in photography, the artist took the opportunity to paint late last year with her finalist entry in the Portia Geach Memorial award. Though after this piece, the possibilities for Tamara’s art are endless.
Tamara Dean is currently the artist in residence at The University of NSW

To read the article in the Sydney Morning Herald, click here

Watch an interview with Tamara Dean about Here and Now below.

Tamara Dean, Here and Now
Studio 1, UNSW, Kensington, entry via gate 2 off High st.
Thursday February 5, 6 – 8pm
Saturday February 7, 2 – 5pm

01/28/15

Tamara Dean | Here and Now

Tamara Dean has an exhibition of new works set to open on the 4th of February. The artist is giving little away about the show ‘Here and Now,’ describing it only as an ‘immersive,’ ‘sensory experience’ and as ‘a new direction.’ Indeed, even the location of the exhibition is being withheld until 24 hours before the opening. As much mystery, excitement and intrigue as there is surrounding the show, this exhibition promises to be thoroughly interesting and engaging.

After a successful year in 2014 which included the artist’s inclusion as a finalist in the National Photographic Portrait Prize, the Bowness Prize and the Portia Geach Memorial Award, Tamara’s new works are highly anticipated.

Those wanting to attend the opening can register by sending an email to inthehereandnow2015@gmail.com
Numbers are limited so if you would like to be a part of this experience it is best to email soon.

Tamara Dean
‘Here and Now’

Opening night
Wednesday February 4
6 – 8pm

Public viewing
Thursday February 5, 6 – 8pm
Saturday February 7, 2 – 5pm

 

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01/21/15

Ann Thomson | studio visit

We recently visited the studio of Ann Thomson to look at some new works. Ann spent three months of last year living and working in Reims, France. The gouache on paper and acrylic on linen works she made there were a highlight of the visit. Ann has also been organising paintings in her studio for a show in Canberra at the Drill Hall. ‘Freehand – Ann Thomson’ will open on the 20th of February, and it was a lovely opportunity to see some of the pieces that will be in the show.

Born in Brisbane in 1933, Ann Thomson has been exhibiting since 1965. Thomson moved to Sydney to study at the National Art School after initially learning from Australian expressionist Jon Molvig. Ann has had a long relationship with France. in 1978 she was awarded a residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris. She would be awarded this residency again in 1995, 1999, 2000, 2003 and 2006. Ann lives and works in Sydney.

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12/23/14

Peter Vandermark | Acquisition, National Gallery of Australia

One work by artist Peter Vandermark has recently been acquired by the National Gallery of Australia. The sculptural work titled ‘Conductor,’ was part of a solo exhibition of Peter’s work earlier this year ‘Modulations,’ at the Canberra Contemporary Art Space.

‘Conductor’ is the second piece of Peter’s work acquired by the Gallery with his ‘wall of sound’ sculptural structure purchased in 2010.

Born in Melbourne in 1960 and completing his Bachlor of visual arts in Canberra, Peter Vandermark creates sculptures that explore the area between sculpture and design, art history and contemporary living. His work is represented in public Australian and international collections and private collection.

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Conductor, 2014, galvanised metal, ducting elbows and acrylic spheres, 268 x 55 x 80cm

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Wall of sound, 2009, powder-coated manufactured aluminium letters, 74 x 75 x 10cm

12/17/14

Jo Bertini | Paintings of the Desert – Sydney Morning Herald

An article about Jo Bertini’s love affair with the desert is in the Sydney Morning Herald. Jo Bertini has been going on expeditions into rural areas of Australia for the last decade, recording the existence of some truly unique and isolated places with pen and pencil.

“In the desert, Bertini works oblivious to sunburn and exhaustion. Walking beside the camels, she is rarely without sketchbook and pencils. When a scene strikes her, she flops down on a sandhill to make rapid pencil marks on the page; ragged horizon, undulations, a spindly tree here, spinifex there, before shading to capture the contrast between light and dark.” – Sydney Morning Herald

Not only does the article convey Bertini’s enthusiasm to create art, it also communicates her enthusiasm for the desert itself.

“For an artist [the desert] is like the pot of gold,” Bertini says. “There is a sense of time, there is this sense of the enormity of space, you have a real understanding of Australia’s vastness as a continent, which you can’t comprehend when you are on the periphery, on the coast.” – Sydney Morning Herald.

For Bertini the desert is the place where she feels most at home, where she feels most at peace. It is only natural then that her art is centered around experiences in the Australian wilderness, her passion for both art and the landscape driving each other.

An exhibition of Jo’s latest works is currently on at Olsen Irwin until January.

You can read the entire article here

Jo Bertini ‘Terra Incognita”
10 December 2014 – January 2015
Olsen Irwin
63 Jersey Road, Woollahra

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Explorer’s Sketchbook, 2014, Ink and Graphite on Paper, 42 x 51cm

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Red River Country, 2014, oil on canvas, 138 x 168cm

12/12/14

Jo Bertini | Country Style

Ahead of her new exhibition ‘Terra Incognita” at Olsen Irwin, it is useful to look at the artist’s studio where many of the works in the show came into being. Country Style magazine featured the artist’s gorgeous home and studio in August, and in fact many of the paintings pictured in the article have made it onto the walls of the gallery space for the exhibition. Written and styled by Karen Cotton and with photographs by Simon Kenny, the article gives a great introduction to Bertini’s Southern Tablelands home and workspace.

“Wallaburra was 16 hectares on a creek with all of the original buildings from its days as a 1200-hectare sheepstation,” she says. “But the big drawcard was the shearing shed, which I could picture as my studio. Even though the house was derelict, and occupied by roos and wombats, it had so much potential I bought it immediately.” – Jo Bertini, Country Style

“Terra Incognita” will run until December the 21st, 2014.

Jo Bertini “Terra Incognita”
10 – 21 December 2014
Opening Saturday 13 December 2-4pm
Olsen Irwin Gallery 63 Jersey Road, Woollahra

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12/10/14

Noah Taylor | Semi-Permanent Artist Talk

Noah Taylor has been announced as a speaker at Semi-Permanent next year. Semi-Permanent is an international creative event for the arts, and will take place in Sydney, 2015 on the 22nd and 23rd of May at Carriageworks.

‘One of the largest events of its type, Semi-Permanent is a creative platform spreading art and design inspiration. It consists of a conference and side events which include exhibitions, competitions, workshops and parties… Semi-Permanent explores the diverse and exciting design world bringing together exceptionally talented artists and designers to speak at the event.” – Semi-Permanent

Noah Taylor’s artistic practice is wide-ranging in its span. While he has made music and performed as an actor for much of his life, it is only over the past five year that he has begun exhibiting his work as an artist. Living and working in England, Taylor creates ambiguous images centering around isolation, the same characters often found across multiple works, reflective of the way they have recurred to the artist throughout his life.

The schedule for Semi-Permanent will be released soon. You can find more information on their website

Noah Taylor Artist talk at Semi-Permanent
22-23 May, 2015
Carriageworks, 245 Wilson St, Eveleigh, NSW

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11/28/14

Marie Hagerty | 'Sealed Section' at Artbank

Marie Hagerty’s work makes up part of an exhibition at Artbank entitled ‘Sealed Section.’ Made up from the Artbank collection, this show is an exploration of themes usually understood to be taboo, off limits as topics of conversation at the dinner table.

“‘Sealed Section’ includes a rich and diverse group of works that highlight the strength and pertinence of contemporary art as a response to the key issues of our time.” – Artbank

In a video for the show, Artbank curator and collection coordinator Miriam Kelly describes the way Marie’s work Coupling II fits into the theme of the exhibition. Within the show, she looks at Hagerty’s work for its visceral sexuality and balance between violence and seduction. Coupling II marks a meeting point between figuration and abstraction, depicting a body exploding out of an undefined form. It explores the relationships between controlled restraint and  unreserved expressiveness in painting.

Some other artists in the exhibition include Arthur Boyd, Christopher Dean, Richard Larter, Scott Redford and Alex Seton.

You can watch the video for the exhibition by clicking here

‘Sealed Section’
28 November 2014 – 7 February 2015
Artbank, Unit 1, 198-222 Young Street, Waterloo, 2017

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Marie Hagerty, Coupling II, 2013, acrylic and oil on canvas, 157 x 137cm

 

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11/14/14

Paul Davies | Exhibition at UNSW Art and Design

Paul Davies had a one night only exhibition at the galleries at UNSW Art and Design. This show comprises of the work Paul has completed for his masters at the UNSW College of Fine Arts.

Paul Davies has been exhibiting as an artist since 1999 both in Australia and internationally. He has a studied at the National Art School and completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the UNSW College of Fine Arts and it is with this show that he also completes his masters by research. Paul’s work is in public and private collections around the world. The artist lives and works in California.

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