Golden Moon: 50th Anniversary of the Moon LandingTanya Chaitow, Janet Dawson & Di Holdsworth
16 July - 17 August 2019
Opening Saturday 20 July, 3 - 5 pm
Marking the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing, TANYA CHAITOW, JANET DAWSON and DI HOLDSWORTH look back to the moment that shifted Cold War power structures and captured the world’s imagination simultaneously in a single footstep. Embracing the madness that surrounds the moon; the mythologies, the space race to land, the hoax theories of Neil Armstrong’s landing, and even David Bowie’s Space Oddity, the artists revel in the energy and lunacy that the moon can inspire.
A subject of long held affection, the moon first appeared in JANET DAWSON’s early abstract, geometric paintings in the 1970s. It was then at the eve of the millennium, a time of great uncertainty with the prophesised collapse of civilisation, when DAWSON bought a telescope to paint the moon upside down in all its splendour. For DAWSON the return to the moon on the eve of the 50th Anniversary also marks a return to the formalist abstraction that she engages with so deftly. Working at night with the moon in full glow, she remarks upon its compositional quality stating, “The moon is a wonderful point on a surface, an activating force in a painting, it will draw the eye immediately to it”.
Looking to the mythology of the moon, TANYA CHAITOW presents imaginary characters, often part animal, part human as a vision of her personal mythologies. CHAITOW weaves complex narratives that centre on a negotiation of the self and contemplation of the human condition. Playing with the real and the imaginary, CHAITOW engages with the shared imagery of the moon that blurs boundaries of the everyday and the imagined in the macabre moonscapes.
DI HOLDSWORTH revels in the reconstruction of histories and cultural narratives in her musical assemblages. Engineering unique combinations of found objects, movement and sound, her works strike a chord with the mythology and dark lunacy associated with the moon. From space cowboys with Greek Minotaurs and saucy dancers, HOLDSWORTH creates fantastical responses to the iconic 1969 Moon Landing.
CeramicsRichard Spoehr & Prue Venables
20 August - 21 September 2019
Opening Saturday 24 August, 3 - 5 pm
Delight in the combination of aesthetic innovation and balanced form in the new ceramics of RICHARD SPOEHR and PRUE VENABLES.
Working fine high-fired porcelain, RICHARD SPOEHR creates beautifully thrown bowls, vases, jugs and cups that almost float with the luminous and translucent light gradations that his glazes inspire. Carefully considered, there is a quiet stillness within the soft blue and yellow palette that shifts in tone with the changing natural light of the day. The classic, balanced silhouette of each bowl and cup in this series of work is intrinsic to his endeavour for beauty.
Exploring the potential of dark satin textures PRUE VENABLES’ process results in softened forms and edges defined by elegant, simple cuts. Refraining from decorative elements, the works are minimalist in temperament and form, aligning with modernist and industrial influences. With bisque and high temperature reduction firing the fragile designs are fortified into dense forms that maintain the delicacy of line and smooth texture.
VENABLES is currently the ninth artist in the Australian Design Centre's (ADC) series Living Treasures: Masters of Australian Craft. Open until 25 September at ADC, VENABLE’s work will then travel as a national touring exhibition opening at fourteen locations across Australia from 2019 to 2022. Accompanying the exhibition is a book that provides an in-depth insight into VENABLES’ life and work, and includes essays by UK-based potter and writer Alison Britton and Australian ceramicist Neville French.
Across the work of SPOEHR and VENABLES is a celebration of everyday objects. The artists successfully create works that appear deceptively simple, however these are mastered processes. With an eye for balance, the ceramics are distilled with a minimal palette, yet excitingly push and elevate the functional forms to another level of distinctive refinement and poise.
The Persistence of BlueLiz Shreeve
24 September - 26 October 2019
Opening Saturday 28 September, 3 - 5 pm
29 October - 30 November 2019
Opening Saturday 2 November, 3 - 5 pm
Family MattersTanya Chaitow
3 December - 21 December 2019
Opening Saturday 7 December, 3 - 5 pm