The art of quietude…

28 02 2008


The Gang went back to CMAG to take in the Stephen Procter retrospective without all the social rigmarole of the opening. And we were delighted to find Lienors Torre there (taking snaps) because we’d missed catching up with her in the crush at the launch.

Lienors and husband Dan made the film that accompanies the exhibition which, along with a book of the same title, makes for a wonderful tribute to Stephen, his practice and his working philosophy. 

This exhibition has been a long time coming – but it was definitely worth the wait. Christine and her stalwart team of assistants deserve every accolade for this beautifully realised package (exhibition/film/book.) It is a perfectly balanced, sensitively handled homage to a loved and respected artist and mentor (who is still hugely missed by colleagues and students alike.) The great hope now is that funding can be found to travel it, both nationally and abroad.

We’ve taken snaps of the exhibition and the DVD for those too far distant to catch it in person. But we urge people to get along and see it in the flesh if possible – the photos barely capture the effective essence of the show…

A website has also just been launched – – and anybody wishing to purchase the book and/or DVD (both of which we highly recommend) should just follow the prompts.

The exhibition is on in Canberra until the 8th June. For relevant info go to…

And keep an eye out for the mid-year issue of Craft Arts International which features an article by Dan Klein about the Stephen Procter Fellowship, and a piece by Megsie regarding the CMAG exhibition-book-and-film combo.

Meanwhile for gallery snaps go to…

Moore, Moore, Moore…

27 02 2008


Tom Moore, Peculiar Behaviour, 2008    (photo Grant Hancock)

We might have to speed up the unrolling of Tom’s new cardboard series – the show’s opening this week!

Autoganic  makes its debut at the Jam in cahoots with Last Riot AES+F Group – a video/photomedia presentation plucked hot from the Russian Pavilion at last year’s Venice Biennale.

If you can’t make it across to Adelaide, then just keep watching this space for ‘please mister, can i have some Moore?’ Meanwhile you can catch plenty of bibs and bobs from Last Riot on YouTube. It’s worth a squizz; classic ruski fare, very arty and intense. Tom’s critter war will be a gorgeous foil…

For info direct from the Jam, go to…

Dira Horne: work in progress

26 02 2008


The Gang dropped in on mosaic artist Dira Horne only to find her happily ensconced in her Canberra studio, hard at it on a piece for the upcoming 12th Annual ‘Cuttagee Artists’ exhibition: 21st-30th March, at the Indaba Exhibition Centre (just south of Bermagui.)

There she was, up to her armpits in her beloved Italian smalti (which she bought during her European tour last year.)

It’s gunna be a great looking piece – and weather proof for all of you who are already visualising it, centre-stage, out on your terrace! Though if you miss out on this one, you could always commission one of your own…

Life imitating art…

25 02 2008


How adorable is Netty Blair’s new puppy Ruby? And how redolent of the Netster’s signature oil-paint-on-black-vessel work!!

If that pooch doesn’t work its way into your next exhibition series, Netty, we’ll be seriously disappointed…

Gone bloggin’…ANU School of Arts Postgraduate Program gets with the…er…program

24 02 2008


(above) David Wills, Erotica 2007, In/De-flatus, digital.

For those who like to keep tabs on the progressive goings on at the fank (the ANU School of Arts), your wish has now been granted. The Postgraduate program recently launched its own blog – which is hardly surprising, given the Convener (Nigel Lendon)’s predilection for the said ‘webform’. It is, after all, the most efficacious method of disseminating news amongst the faithful, as we all know…

While only in its infancy, the blogsite, Transit Lane, already beckons you down the garden path into various people’s practices. We had a lovely time exploring David Will’s work and website…as you can see, it’s right up our alley…

Anyway, whack it into your favourites and catch it express:

Moore again…

22 02 2008


(above) Tom Moore, Strange Goings On, 2008  (photo, Grant Hancock)

Trish Roan at Craft ACT…

21 02 2008

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(above left) Trish Roan, One drop at a time, 2008, mixed media 

(above right) Trish Roan, What you sow, 2008, mixed media 

(bottom) Trish Roan, What you sow, detail.

Trish Roan has new work in the Crucible at Craft ACT, which is a perfectly scaled showcase for her delightfully (almost)Baconian practice. [For more background on Trish’s work go to ‘search’ for earlier post, Infinitesima: the art of curiosity.]

Meanwhile, thanks Jas for the press release string (below)…

Trish Roan presents a mixed media installation incorporating found objects and glass, that focuses on the processes of transference and transformation – a collection of objects and the relationships between them exploring the trace of an event or the marking of time. A collection about acknowledging the things that pass, the capacity to hold, the capacity to give.