ARTspeak at the BVRG…

3 03 2011

 

Bernz was thrilling ’em at her ARTspeak session at the BVRG yesterday. Everyone’s loving the work, natch. How fab she’s moved down this way.





The Bernz and Matty Show…

12 02 2011

As promised, here’s a little wander around Bernie and Matt’s gorgeous show at the Bega Valley Regional Gallery; even the wall blurb…

In 1988, the ANU School of Art established the Emerging Artists Support Scheme (EASS) to support artists at their critical point of graduation from the School. Over the years, EASS program has developed to include a diversity of scholarships, prizes and awards – all established with the generous assistance of the School of Art Patrons.

In 2009 the Bega Valley Regional Gallery joined the ranks of the Patrons, offering an exhibition to a Graduating student of exemplary merit at the annual Graduate Show.

The inaugural recipient of the award is Bernadette Foster, whose work is featured in this current exhibition thoughtworks, officially opened on Friday 4th February by the Head of the ANU School of Art, Gordon Bull.

Bernadette, who recently moved to Cobargo where she intends to establish a glass studio, describes her work as being fantasy objects that are the direct result of the forces that shape her daily life: 

“In many ways my work is dependent on my relationship with my daughter Siofra, on the things that I’m exposed to because of her, our playful engagement and the stories we read together.

The world as seen through the eyes of a nine year old infuses my creative process, and this world I believe is familiar to all, as well as uniquely experienced by each one of us”.

‘Ultimately, my emphasis is to value the place of dreaming and imagination in contemporary life. I love working in hot glass, and this body of work displays a balance of skill and playfulness, as I push my technical abilities.’

thoughtworks also showcases the latest work from Bermagui artist Matthew Jones (who, quite coincidently, won last year’s Far South Coast Living Artist Scholarship.) His practice, too, has a playful, day-dreamy and colourful bent – though with a sense of quietude that provides a lovely visual foil and balance to the joyful pop-toon nature of the glass.

Matthew’s wonderful play of scale coupled with the soft serenity of the nursery emote the artist’s own current reality; of recent fatherhood. The portrait of baby Miro is, in effect, our very first ‘baby snap’ of a barely two-week old Jones Jnr.

In thoughtworks, the connection between creation, life and art has never been more sweetly portrayed, with an emotional intelligence that links us all to our common humanity.

It’s an absolute sweetie-darling of a show. And out in the foyer vitrines the Gallery’s featuring (courtesy of Steve Fox from Mogo Raw Art) the work of ceramicist Michael Williamson…

All in all, a little ray of sunshine in an otherwise disastrous general climate.

[We’re foregoing newspapers and current affairs programmes for the time being. n(Ed)]

More snaps here.





Changeover at BVRG…

6 02 2011

It’s been a big week at BVRG, as change-overs generally are. In the aftermath of the Bega Art Prize, the SEAR People’s Choice votes were counted and Wallagoot artist Bernard O’Grady scored a double whammy for his painting When I was the sky itself (having already snaffled the Mailroom Prize.)

And Steve Fox dropped off Michael Williamson’s ceramic works for the foyer vitrines along with Megsie’s portrait by Shaun Gruber…

Then it was pack up of the old and in with the new; the installation of the Bernadette Foster (BVRG’s inaugural ANU EASS Award) and Matthew Jones show (coincidently last year’s recipient of the Far South Coast Living Artist Project Scholarship), thoughtworks.

The exhibition, opened on Friday night by Gordon Bull, Head of the ANU School of Art, fell victim to foul weather…

but the faithful turned up nonetheless…

Didn’t manage many good snaps – it was the end of a very long week. Meanwhile the show is gorgeous and we’ll bring you a walk around the gallery later in the week.





Bernie does Belco…

6 09 2010

Bernie’s getting fancy!!





What’s emerging at the ANU…?

10 12 2009

The Gang hung a wheelie at the EASS Patron’s Day in the lead up to the ANU Graduate Show last week, and spotted some ripper work – most particularly Bernadette Foster’s in Glass…

(above) Bernie with one of her critters. There was some mindless muttering going on about her work being ‘too Tom Moore’ apparently, which does it a serious injustice. Yes, it’s whimsical, quirky and even cute – but it has an entirely different sensibility to Tom’s, notwithstanding that Bernie did do workshops with him and he gave her lots of technical advice (which is, after all, the most hallowed custom of the craft, n’est pas?) It’s certainly not derivative work by any stretch of the imagination. If you were casting around for a general description you might try Little Shop of Horrors crossed with Tom crossed with Tegan crossed with Pixar crossed with…You Get The Picture – but actually they’re just pure Bernie. Fresh. Current. Seriously cute. Cuddly even, which is bloody hard to achieve in glass.

Well done Bernie. She’s picked up an EEAS prize of an exhibition at the Bega Valley Regional Gallery in 2011. Perfect symmetry given that she’ll be moving down to Cobargo some time in the noo year.

It was rather nice to spend an hour or so mooching around the old fank – particularly at Grad Show time. Lots of quality gew gaws to see and fave peeps to catch up with…

…like Caren!! And Irene…

And Nige and Babs and Jo and Sal and Julie…and even lovely Michael from Wagga…most of whom we were so busy cheek pressing that we completely forgot to take snaps.

For a Gang’s eye squint, go here.

Our final treat was catching up, at long last, with Luna – just before she went into hozzie to have her gall-bladder whipped out…

 

Speedy recovery, darl.