Glass spotto…

31 07 2009

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A touch of Stephen on Brigitte’s studio wall – heavenly.





Wagga Wagga this Friday night…

1 02 2009

Uh, oh…we only just this moment realised that we didn’t put this post up as intended last week. We’d been terribly efficient and had it ready in our ‘drafts pending pen’ – and then somehow managed to persuade ourselves that it was already a fait accompli. Bummer dude. The good news is that the Gang did make the pilgrimage to Wagga Wagga – and we’re processing the snaps right now…

Meanwhile…Wagga Wagga LAST Friday night…

Darlings, don’t be confused – regardless of the start and finish dates, this Friday night is the celebratory gala event for the Stephen Procter exhibition at the Wagga Wagga Art Gallery.

 

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Our favourite ever picture of Stephen…

4 03 2008

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We remember when we were in first year Stephen Procter gave a slide show which included photographs taken on a trek across America (he loved to tramp through places, to get ‘into’ the landscape) and one of the stand out moments was the slide above. It remained thereafter the prevailing picture of Stephen in our mind’s eye (that, and imagining him on Dartmoor.)

We’ve been thinking about him a lot lately – prompted, obviously, by the retrospective show at CMAG – and thought it would be nice to share this happiest of snaps… 





The art of quietude…

28 02 2008

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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 – http://www.stephenprocter.net/ – 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…

http://www.museumsandgalleries.act.gov.au/cmag/stephen_procter_lines_through_light.html

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…

http://www.flickr.com/photos/glasscentralcanberra/sets/72157603997192968/





Stephen Procter’s Rocky Hall…

6 01 2008

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Before the Xmas break the Gang went out to Frog’s Hollow to visit Christine Procter for a chat regarding a piece that Megsie will be writing (about Stephen’s practice/upcoming retrospective exhibition/book launch) for the July issue of Craft Arts International.

We got out there a nanosecond before the Canberra Museum and Gallery mob arrived to pack up the work selected for the exhibition Stephen Procter: Lines through Light, which will be showing at CMAG during the Ausglass conference later this month. It was lovely to spend time in the studio with Christine – looking through Stephen’s sketchbooks, getting reacquainted with his work and reminiscing about ‘the good old days’. (The Gang was fortunate enough to have caught the last couple of years of Stephen’s tenure as Head of Workshop at the ANU School of Art’s Glass Workshop…)

One of the many things that drew our attention was a line of oil paintings that literally ringed the room…strangely familiar, we mused to ourself – until Christine solved the puzzle for us…the series had been painted down at Sancy’s, at Rocky Hall. Ah, of course (the Gang’s own stamping ground!) 

So yesterday, when Jacqu and the Gang drove back through Rocky Hall to Wyndham (having spent the arvo swimming at Marcus and Helen’s fabulous waterhole) we stopped to take some snaps in the general vicinity of those very paintings. Different weather and atmospherics, naturally – but the rhythm of the place remains so true. Simply gorgeous.

More studio pics at…

http://www.flickr.com/photos/glasscentralcanberra/sets/72157603648454853/

Meanwhile, whatever else you do, don’t miss the CMAG show – which will feature two additional Procter treats; the launch of both the book (essay by Dan Klein) and the movie (filmed by Lienors and Dan Torre).

The exhibition will open on the evening of Friday January 25th and run through to the 8th of June.