Posts Tagged ‘Exhibitions’

In this liminal, pre-exhibition week, it’s births and deaths

It’s a strange, strange space you’re in, working up to the installation of a show. I’ve been doing it for 15 years now and it seems I’ll never get used to it.

I guess I am better than I used to be, but there is a disruption in the pit of my stomach and everything is amplified along my nerve pathways.

 

Industrial scape with pink stacks

Industrial scape with pink stacks, 2015, mixed media on paper, 80 x 90 cm, AUD $600 framed

 

What precisely am I anxious about?

It’s a cliche among art folk that it’s because you’re putting  a piece of your soul out there for the world to shrug at.  I’m not so sure. Isn’t it more about the exposure of your decisions; your judgements? You’re only exhibiting the work you consider fully resolved, i.e. finished. Will your audience agree?

I look at art all the time and it’s a constant judgement thing. It’s not that you judge the artist personally, but you are considering the decisions they’ve made about colour, values, composition. Those who are interested enough will be doing the same to me. In some weird way I want that; but at the same time I’m horrified by the thought.

 

IN THE GREEN NIGHT

In the green night, 2016, 15 x 28cm, mixed media on paper, AUD $190

In this week of the great loss of David Bowie, I just need to proceed, in his honour if I can’t manage anything else. What a shining example of unapologetic originality. Thanks David… I’ll be imagining you’re coming along to the show. That would be great.

 

BOWIE

 

 

 

There’s gonna be a hangin’…..doing the biz at the Thirroul Seaside Festival Art Prize

For a second year I’ve had the happy task of curating the main Art Prize Exhibition at the ever-popular Thirroul Seaside Arts Festival. This community event is a fundraiser for the Lions Club with profits going to various charities. A worthwhile endeavour then, and it attracts thousands of punters.

The Art Prize has been going for about 25 years, and typically showcases work across the whole spectrum of styles and skill levels.

There are just short of 200 works on show ( not counting the separate ‘Miniatures’ show, which is a wonderful enclave of works measuring 10 x 10cm.) That’s a helluva lot of seascapes, and I have to admit that  traditional approaches to this subject are  not especially attractive to me.

However, amongst some ordinary pieces are some really worth checking out. Christine Hill is an Illawarra artist of considerable standing whose works often attract sales and awards.

 

HILL, CHRISTINE_SKY BLUE

 

Christine Hill, Sky blue, 2014, oil on canvas, 70 x 60cm.

 

Sue Smalkowski won this year’s overall prize, a great choice by the judges I thought. Sue’s work have a quiet presence and reward continued looking.

Probably my favourite piece would have been Mary Wingrave’s encaustic work, below.  Showing the influence of the American Jasper Johns, and a lovely mastery of composition there. She knows where your eye will linger. I love Mary’s work, she’s very consistent.

 

WINGRAVE, MARY_Aries-Indicator of the reborn sun-Amon-Ra

Mary Wingrave, Aries-Indicator of the reborn sun-Amon-Ra, 2015, encaustic on board.