Redfern Biennale 2015

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Damien Minton, the curator of the annual event now part of Art Month, the ‘Redfern Biennale’, asked me to contribute this year. An exhibition with a difference, on the streets of the Sydney suburb, Redfern. Outside the commercial gallery context and on the streets of the NSW Housing Commission precinct; readymade objects, found materials, photography, all responded to the environment. I found it a liberating experience, placing art out of doors in an installation context. It made me realise it would be great to see more art in the streets without the accompaniment of commerce. The readymade exhibition was only held for one day, the 21st of March 2015.

“Be ready, again, to view for free readymades, sculpture, multi media, new media, painting, found object or even a cobweb on the street. This year, 2015, with the assistance of local community service centres, the Redfern Biennale will feature the display, on the street, of artwork by local NSW Housing Commission residents. The Redfern Biennale precinct is focussed around the fences and footpaths of Walker Street, bound by Cooper and Redfern Streets, Redfern.

The Redfern Biennale is an outdoor, eclectic, democratic free-for-all happening that will just happen on the day.

There is no Council approval, we are just placing the work on the streets for 7 hours.

Whether it is John Cage remarking ‘beauty is now underfoot wherever we take the trouble to look’ the notion of this show stems from the art dealer Damien Minton photographing readymade objects and clusters around the streets of Redfern and posting them on social media.” (Art Month, Yellam Nre)

As the internationally renowned contemporary curator Yellan Nre commented in his/her essay for the Redfern Biennale 2014, ‘Clusterfuck Aesthetics, the Radicality of Garbage:

“The nihilism of the readymade – both sneering and naïve, complete yet broken – defines our experience of contemporary art today. Objects umoored from the womb of the white cube are without referent or narrative, and yet generate narrative in their very abandonment. Art made in public space is an assault on the narrative of community, and complicates the periphery of our social engagement. But when the anti-establishment gesture of the guerrilla artwork is subsumed within the cannibalising assault of gentrification, how can the art object reclaim its radicality?

“In its democratizing gesture of a free-for-all pile of stuff on stuff, Redfern Biennale is a shot across the bow of government sanctioned social sculpture for the greater good. It places public art back in the hands of the public, where they are free to ‘engage’ with it as they wish. The utopian desire, imagined or otherwise, of a multifarious yet united society is thus enacted via the analogy of trash. The value of what we discard, conceal and detain outlines the border of our collective culture. Thus the artist’s gesture of displaying a work of art in public space becomes one of defiance and generosity. In doing so, it confounds Duchamp’s exhortation to indifference to the aesthetics or origin of an object – it enforces direct interaction with the situation of appearance and context. Destructions should take place more rapidly.”

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My work ‘Domesticity’ incorporated a collection of found materials that reflects my personal world at present. The stretcher frame without a painting except a small sketch of mother and child, signifying the amount of time you get to do your own work! The domestic world with its olive branch, acceptance, patience and love.

http://www.artmonthsydney.com.au/experiences/redfern-biennale-2015/

Artisans in the Gardens 2014, I am on the committee and currently posting updates

I am on the committee for Artisans in the Gardens for 2014. Having previously exhibited three times in the exhibition which is held annually at the Lion Gate Lodge, the Royal Botanical Gardens, Sydney, I thought it could be a good experience to be involved in the other side, part of the team organising the show! I have been posting daily on Instagram and Facebook each of the 50 artists exhibiting, and will then post images of several of the artists studios to give an idea of their art practice and inspirations.

Have a look on our Facebook page artisansinthegardens2014 and Instagram, #artisansinthegardens2014 also the Royal Botanical Gardens website

https://www.facebook.com/artisansinthegardens2014

http://www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/support/foundationandfriends/events/friends_events/artisans_in_the_gardens

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(Images, Mollie Bosworth, Braidwood Central School, Fiona Budzynski, Helen Earl, Yoko Fujita, Bev Hogg & Marianne Courtney, Dimity Kidston, Katherine Mahoney, Shan Shan Mok)

“Artisans in the Gardens exhibition 11-19 Oct 2014 brings together some of the country’s most innovative and exciting artisans, artwork inspired by nature”. “The popular Artisans in the Gardens exhibition will return for its fourteenth year in 2014. Held in the iconic Lion Gate Lodge in the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney, the exhibition showcases the work of some of Australia’s leading contemporary artists and craftspeople along with Indigenous Australian artists. The exhibition features the works of artists from around Australia including emerging and established contemporary jewellers, ceramicists, glass makers, textile artists, weavers and sculptors. Presented by Foundation and Friends of the Botanic Gardens, Artisans brings together some of the country’s most innovative and exciting artisans whose inspiration for their outstanding work is drawn from the beauty and complexity of nature. All work is for sale and proceeds support the work of the Foundation and Friends of the Botanic Gardens and the Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust.” When: Saturday 11 – Sunday 19 October, 10 am-4 pm Where: Lion Gate Lodge, Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney. Cost: Free Entry

SELECTED ARTISANS IN THE GARDENS ARTISTS 2014

Peter Anderson
Terry Baker
Lyn Balzer and Tony Perkins
Julie Bartholomew
Gen Barratt
Thor Beowulf
Senden Blackwood
Mollie Bosworth
Braidwood Central School
Fiona Budzynski
Giselle Courtney
Steve Croquett
Linda Davy
Marguerite Derricourt
Helen Earl
Yuko Fujita
Elod Gunther
Geoff Harvey
Bev Hogg and Marianne Courtenay
Sarah Vane Howell
Jan Howlin
Dimity Kidston
Gayl Leake
Alison Littlemore
LoveHate
Katherine Mahoney
Nikki Main
Jen Mallinson
Fiona Martin
Denise McDonald
Lucy McEachern
Helen Mok
Shan Shan Mok
Marisa Molin
Clare Nicholson
Kevin Norton
Chris Polglase
Aleida Pullar
Richard Raffan
Adam Rish
Julie Ryder
Harriet Schwarzrock
Emily Snadden
Doffy White
Jacek Wankowski
Morgan Shimeld
Jan Shaw
Ella Szpindler
Wendy Thurgate
Ralph Tikerpae
Judy Warne

Artisans in the Gardens

Artisans in the Gardens

I had my work in this years exhibition, with six ceramics and two paintings.

Saturday 19 – Sunday 27 October at the Lion Gate Lodge, Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney.

http://www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/foundationandfriends/events/friends_events/artisans_in_the_gardens_2013

“The popular Artisans in the Gardens exhibition returns, in 2013, for its thirteenth year. In keeping with its iconic location the exhibition will showcase the work of some of Australia’s leading contemporary artists and craftspeople along with Indigenous Australian artists.

The exhibition will feature the works of artists from around Australia including emerging and established contemporary jewellers, ceramicists, glass makers, textile artists, weavers and sculptors.

This annual spring exhibition, presented by Foundation & Friends of the Botanic Gardens, brings together some of the country’s most innovative and exciting artisans whose inspiration for their outstanding work is drawn from the beauty and complexity of nature.”

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My artist statement;

The ceramic work and paintings are inspired by the Australian landscape ensuing from a recent residency at The Art Vault, in Mildura, Victoria and painting trips to regional NSW.

A conversation between clay and paint culminating in totemic symbols of the landscape; the river, the trees, the rocks and the broader special vistas. The stoneware ceramic vessels are hand built, a direct and tactile link to the earth. Painterly marks are applied with glaze, transformed in the heat of the kiln, iron oxide bleeds through the ceramic surface to create an alchemy of glaze, gestural marks and clay.

In recent times floods and rainfall have transformed the fragile semi arid landscape of inland Australia. This tension between the arid and abundant, layered histories, echoing past stories with unearthed relics, the cyclical nature of the environment with its destruction and renewal, are mirrored by the resilience and fortitude needed in life itself.

Other works;

The ceramic artist, Jenny Orchard

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The ceramic artist, Sarah O’Sullivan

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Textiles by Injalat Art & Craft Association

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This was the first year there was also the accompanying Artisans Sculpture Walk in the Botanical Gardens itself.

“For a new perspective on the Garden take a stroll along the Artisans Sculpture Walk. This inaugural exhibition opens on Saturday 12 October and will see the addition of 12  stunning new sculptures to the Garden. It will feature a diverse range of contemporary artists working in both ephemeral and traditional mediums. These installations of steel, bamboo, timber, plastic and wire will adress the instinsic beauty of nature, the changing Australian landscape,  botany and contemporary environment concerns. The works set in the Garden will create a rich and playful dialogue between the artists and the viewer.”

Rae Bolotin, ‘Seed Form 5’

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Kevin Draper, ‘Threshold’

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Also the Botanical Garden itself became an installation in itself!

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