Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Current Exhibitions

The Gallery is filled with a collection of new works from seven artists and it looks fabulous.

Gallery 1

Six Mix

The artists in Gallery 1 are staging their first group venture together and come from current tertiary student or recent graduate backgrounds.  They are: Sophie Montgomery (photography), Renae Titchmarsh (graphic design), Lochlan Howard (sculpture/dioramas), Lindsay McDonald (digital imaging) Drew Holland (painting/monotypes), and Luke Grey (lino prints), opening Friday 29 May,6.00pm

Gallery 2
Mind Exhortations 
Josh McGregor's solo exhibition in Gallery 2 comprises a body of finely executed and detailed works on paper using different drawing and painting mediums and techniques. These are undertaken in his already established and well-defined style. The official opening is Saturday 30 May, 6.00pm

A must see exhibition of talent and potential on show in Newcastle West.  Some images below:
Glebe Rd by Lochlan Howard
Carrington by Renae Titchmarsh

Study on Brown Paper by Lindsay McDonald

Bamboozle by Luke Grey
Dog Beach by Drew Holland
Face#3 by Luke Grey

Lemon Caravan by Lochlan Howard

Government Office by Renae Titchmarsh
Sharks 111 by Drew Holland

Throsby Creek #1 by Sophie Montgomery

 OK by Lindsay McDonald

Throsby Creek #2 detail by Sophie Montgomery
Untitled by Josh McGregor

Untitled by Josh McGregor

Sunday, May 3, 2015

7 - 24 May 2015 - Veritas III 

Veritas III’ is the San Clemente Community’s third bi-annual exhibition, to be held at the Newcastle Art Space. San Clemente is a year 7- 10 Catholic high school,
located in Mayfield with a rich cultural diversity having over 37 nationalities
represented among the students and staff members. Artworks displayed in this
exhibition have been created by students, teachers, office staff, friends and family members of this community.

A collaborative artwork has been planned to celebrate the depth, diversity and uniqueness of the San Clemente School Community. For this group artwork, titled ‘Veritas’ after the school motto, 80 individual papier mached letters will be displayed, each decorated to represent one aspect of this school spirit. The decoration is inspired by a word or phrase that indicates the artist’s connection with the school community. The letters will be available to purchase at $10 each with profits going to Caritas Australia, the International Aid and development
organisation of the Catholic Church. 

Saturday, April 18, 2015

PODspace  presents 


PODspace in association with the Disability Network Hunter presents its first pop up exhibition for 2015 with ‘Identity’ at Newcastle Art Space from 16 April - 3 May.

‘Identity’ explores this universal theme - what defines who you are? What makes you tick? How do you express that?

(from PODspace)

Each of the artists has responded in a uniquely personal way. Some, like Tim Johnston, Jordan Haitsma, Dane Tobias, Maree Hopkin and Nathan Dunne have explored what is important to them in their lives and in the world around them.

Dane Tobias states that My paintings are based on autobiographical drawings which reflect the past and present suburban environments and intimate spaces of friends and relations”. Janelle Gardner has experimented with the Van Dyke photography process on an image of herself as a young child to create a positive experience of her childhood memories.Others like Dom Freestone and Kerri Shying have sought to explore and even confront in a highly revealing way what it means to experience disability or mental illness.

Dom Freestone explores his identity a lot through his art. He feels that “...having a disability has forced me to undergo a rethink of exactly what my identity is”.  Kerri Shying poses three questions in her work: What is your birth identity? What identity are you choosing to display today? What environment do you negotiate your identity in? She believes that “Identity, the art of belonging in our lives, is the basis of all my work. Identity is performative and dependent upon whom we are surrounded. We send signals that we hope our world will decode.” Melaynie Mills also poses questions for the viewer around perceptions of identity and the inner struggles we all face to work out who we are.

For others, the process of their art making is in direct response to their experience of disability or mental illness.

Black Crow Walking’s work portrays the way she has sought to recreate herself following a work accident, moving through the chaos and the tangled events into a better space.  Similarly, Daniel Oxenbridge is working towards establishing who he is, post major brain surgery. His creation of Native Nut Folk was an important part of his initial rehabilitation that made connections between his passion for being in and preserving the natural environment and fond childhood memories.

Lynette Bridge, in reflecting on her own experience of anxiety and depression, states that the series of work exhibited in Gallery One, “...began to have a life of its own.............I wanted to transport the image through time by photographing it with a slow shutter speed whilst the form would undergo metamorphosis but still keep the essence and purity of form".
Jay Muldoon explores the idea that in life we go through many cycles that make up who we are. He has represented this with the more dominate geometric shape of the circle while the organic shapes and patterns represent growth inspired from nature.

Robert Higginbottom loves painting and has observed that the colours he uses vary depending on how he is feeling. Mackenzie Feighan also expresses her feelings through colour and her paintings include her personal world: scary zombies, Mum, Dad, Zoe, dogs, flowers, spiders, cockroaches, shoes, ice-creams and funny babies. Frazer Berwick is an abstract artist and mark maker whose art reflects his writing. Superheroes inspire him.

We invite you to reflect on your own identity, and how it has been shaped by your life experiences. (PODspace)

Some images from this exhibition below:
Dane Tobias - Walking through the cyan window

Janelle Gardner - Ulladulla
Kerri Shying - Criminals are Cleanshaven
Kerri Shying -  Tarry Tarry Night

Tim Johnson  - Earth Core Rig
Lynette Bridge - Yoke

Nathan Dunne - Star Shine

If art is about exploring and considering themes about personal identity and if art is about understanding what it takes to create work directly out of the experience of identifying as a wonderfully simple and complex human being, then this exhibition is about making art.  Standing at a distance from the work and the space and reading some of the titles and statements the artists have written about themselves, this holds together as a personal and professional collection of work(Blogger comment)

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Currently on show at NAS - 26 March tp 12 April
Work from three very different artists. Gallery 1 is showing Formations by Dan (Danielle) Nelson and Rob Cleworth and Susan Ryman are in Gallery 2 with Negotiated Identities.  If you are in Newcastle over Easter the gallery is open Good Friday, Easter Saturday and Sunday from 12 - 5pm.  These works require viewing face to face to fully appreciate the beauty, intrigue and skilled detailing of each rich surface.

 Formations-   Dan Nelson

Cloud Idea by Dan Nelson
Cloud Wave by Dan Nelson
Fire in the Mountain by Dan Nelson

Negotiated Identities Rob Cleworth and Susan Ryman

Hand by Rob Cleworth
(Detail only) After Jusepe Ribera's Prometheus by Rob Cleworth

Section - By His Hand Susan Ryman (one of three images)

Homecoming by Susan Ryman (4 panels)
Love Trophy by Susan Ryman

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

A few images of what can be seen tonight at bounceback art exhibition. Artists featured below are a small selection of work available from top to bottom: Amelia Laffan,Rosanna Swanson-Wood,Samantha Black,Brian Deffern, Don Jordan, Janet Kirtley, Lyn Tucker, Ross Harding, Wayne Barwick, Samantha Black, Peter Holbrook, Matthew Wolfenden, Glenda Mears and Stuart Brown.