2010 exhibitions

VAC gallery

Neil Fettling

Clandestine

6 January  - 14 February

Clandestine, was initially installed at Stefano’s Gallery 25, Mildura in July, 2009 with the intention of taking the show into specific communities directly affected by the Black Saturday bushfires. The installation comprises more than 200 salvaged, burnt objects blackened, charred and disfigured objects and is synonymous with any domestic family dwelling, ranging from the utilitarian to the deeply personal.

Despite, the pitfalls of art linked to therapy, Clandestine has a significant contribution to make in uniting and aiding the recovery of this fire-affected community. This is a highly sensitive and politicised issue. The iconography used in the exhibition is the personal artifacts of the Fettling/Allan families. This allows for a more universal response to an individual calamity, without undue liberties being taken.

David Burrows (artist in residence)

Points of Departure

17 February – 28 March

Paris based, Australian artist David Burrows will present a solo show of audio-visual installations and recent drawings. Employing the light from video projectors as a sculptural form David explores our perceptions of space and volume, of place, placement and of displacement. By isolating seemingly banal elements from the urban landscape and re-contextualizing them into his works David transforms these topographical details into points of departure for imaginative contemplation.

David is the first Australian to have completed the highly esteemed French contemporary art postgraduate institute Le Fresnoy National Studio. He has exhibited in France and Europe. This will be his first show in Australia. As such it represents for him a ritual of return and a rite of passage.

David’s VAC residency and exhibition is sponsored by The Besen Family Foundation.

Sculpture from the La Trobe University art collection

Intimate Encounters

31 March – 9 May



Flossie Peitsch (artist in residence)

BED, BREAKFAST & BELIEF Seeking the Spiritual Self in Community Relationships

12 May - 20 June

There is a keen interest in spirituality today. Suitably, the mystery of art and spirituality are found together in BED, BREAKFAST & BELIEF. The multifaceted installations of BED, BREAKFAST & BELIEF are an inquiry into the everyday environment of changing family relationships and the emergence of self.  The installations use the routines of doing laundry, eating food, sorting belongings and going to bed to depict family. These installations incorporate fabric, embroidery, hand-knitting, tapestry, found objects, household refuse, wood, ceramics, digital composition, soundscape, performance and movement to deconstruct fixed, preconceived family references. Cottage crafts and ‘homemaking’ are imbued with new attributes. The work is about family values and the ties that bind, both in a spiritual and physical sense.

Associated workshops in conjunction with La Trobe University may include Women’s Social Concerns, Cultural Directions, Spirituality and Art.

Phillip Hunter

Between the Lines

23 June - 1 August

For over twenty-five years Philip Hunter has explored the Australian landscape. Known predominantly as a painter, his work has investigated and attempted to understand the world and the way we experience it. This exhibition brings together a collection of Hunter’s drawings, revealing his skill as a draftsman. Like his paintings, these works investigate the power embedded in the landscape and the multiple histories it contains.

Raphael Zimmerman (artist in residence)

Immateriality

4 August - 12 September

Immateriality is one of those crazy sounding concepts that will soon be completely integrated into daily language and thinking. After all it is Immateriality that makes the idea of a world brain (www) reality.

In short space/time/matter is becoming less solid and we are more and more able to work with it as our experience horizon widen and evolve. These new territories fascinate me - 'the Antarctica of the mind' one might say for now.

Yet, Immateriality is not new by any means but has been very much a niche market of the intellectual elite. The time has come when we all get it and move on to another level of human consciousness - Bravo!

Tara Gilbee

Cold Light

15 September - 24 October

Based on my current work with Jude Anderson, director of Punctum Inc; an installation evoking a garden reverie in the form of children’s beds and work developed from last year’s installation ‘Deluge’ which explored the evocation of nature as a force that has phenomenological affect upon the body. I now seek to create a series of large scale images that are extensions of both the watery projections and abstract notions of the body amongst this.

My research is based on evoking poetic parallels between the overgrowth of nature, immersive water and notions around transformative states within the body.

LTU Visual Arts & Design Honours 2010

27 October - 21 November


LTU Visual Arts & Design Postgraduate 2010

23 November - 23 December

Access gallery

David Frazer

Recent Works on Paper

6 January - 31 January

This work of pastoral melancholia portrays a sense of being lost in a changing world, a personal yearning to belong to a world that no longer exists.

Clayton Tremlett

Father Figures

3 February - 28 February

‘Father Figures’ are a set of collector cards which emerged as a concept while researching Castlemaine’s gold mining history. As a result of the research I developed awareness of the importance of the beard in fashion and society at the time.

I recall my father having a beard in his later years, and in contemplating the father figure, I began to realize that a significant number of my male role models have beards.

The series is a study of men of influence (on me), with an emphasis on beards as a uniting theme. In looking at the entire collection the viewer might come closer to knowing who I am by these divergent influences.

Patsy Killeen

Optic Cartoons: They got up and did it again

3 March - 28 March

3D cartoons present large cartoon figurative imagery, multiply drawn on layers of fabric to produce an optical effect. The uncomfortable optical impression is further intensified when viewed through available 3D glasses. These works deal with the interpretation of space through multiplicity of line and visual tricks of colour, to freeze the stage between a line drawing and an animation.

Street Art and early Walt Disney animations has inspired this work to articulate movement in untraditional media, with the exaggeration of the figures also subtly expressing the artists’ personal and socio-political commentary.


Bendigo Queer Film Festival Exhibition

31 March - 25 April

The VAC will present the 2010 Bendigo Queer Film Festival, an exhibition celebrating the work of gay artists living and working in central Victoria. Events include:
‘Queer Country’ Art Exhibition, opening Friday 9 April,
The Bendigo Queer Film Festival, opening Friday 9 April

Linda Dunstan

Lurking

28 April - 23 May

My visual arts practice, predominantly involving oil on canvas without familiar recognizable images, conveys my responses to some of life’s difficult perplexities, where there are no fixed answers. The light and dark of the human psyche, injustices and inequality perpetrated within humanity’s conditioning.

I keep returning to a format that allows a freedom of expressive line and colour.

Kristian Haggblom

A Landscape of Events

26 May - 23 June

Photographically this project is an investigation of the relationships between people, places and the environment and the consequent interaction of society, space and nature. Landscape as a cultural construct is nature for the taking, to be tamed, framed and contained for consumption.

Bronwyn Beer

There is More to Life than Increasing its Speed

23 June - 18 July
Our culture indoctrinates us that faster is better. However, in our efforts to keep up in the race to be successful many areas of our life suffer. The recent development of the slow movement is creating awareness of how we can live better by finding a balance between fast and slow. Comparing our progress-driven world and the tradition-bound world of indigenous people could be beneficial to us all.

Linda Botham

Out of Mind: stuffed and framed

21 July - 15 August

After a hiatus of a couple of years, my muse is back from the dead and I have returned to the studio; hence, ‘Out of My Mind: stuffed and framed’ is an exhumation, re-examination and celebration of the creative process.

Collectively, this exhibition captures the makeup of my mind which constantly begs an answer to the question, “Am I out of my mind?”

Greg Smith

Ours Ours

18 August - 12 September

Rather than photograph the iconic house (or home) I focus my camera on the space between to present the harmonies and tensions that exist in our contemporary landscape.
These micro-environments provide a metaphor of who we are, how we perceive ourselves and others, and how we interact.

The series ‘Ours Ours’ is my attempt to encourage dialogue and discussion on improved planning and sharing of social and environmental resources.

Lee Adams & Barry McLoughlan

Used Again

22 September - 24 October
This work is inspired by passion, reinvention and innovation and demonstrates a partnership between sustainability, design and craftsmanship.

Used Again incorporates locally sourced barbed wire and metal, along with slate once used as a gravestone. When slate gravestones in Kyneton were replaced with granite as part of a cemetery refurbishment, a local monument maker made the obsolete slate slab his work bench. Years later it was accidentally broken in two and no longer used as a workshop.

That slate, along with recycled wire and metal, have been crafted together to represent the important aspect of sustainability and the need to enjoy and tread lightly on the earth.

Bendigo CreateAbility Events Network

Create20ten

15 September - 10 October

The work in this exhibition has been generated through a series of workshops co-ordinated by CreateAbility Events Network. CreateAbility was established in Bendigo in 2002 with the aim of providing opportunities through the arts for people of all abilities to express themselves and connect with others.

The works that are included in this exhibition are an expression of each individual’s personal creative impulse. Vibrancy and an immediacy of expression characterise the impact of their visual language.

These artists offer another voice and another perspective from those that are commonly seen and heard in the arts. Their perspectives expand the range of possibilities and experiences for everyone.

Maria Vanhees

More Than Skin Deep

13 October - 17 November
More than Skin-Deep follows an introspective and autobiographical journey. The forms have been inspired during bushwalks by the forms and the quality of sheltered protection of insect architecture, or by the hollows, curves and remarkable shapes in rocks and trees which I irresistibly had to curl up in or climb onto.

The biomorphic ceramic sculptures of More than Skin-Deep were created during a slow and intuitive hand building process. The flashings and marks on the surface of the glazed pieces are the result of soda firing to earthenware temperatures.

The forms and surfaces of the sculptures are metaphors of human emotions and social relations related to issues of identity and belonging in cross-cultural circumstances.

Anton Hasell

The Maps of Leichardt

10 November - 23 December
'The Maps of Leichhardt' is an exhibition of painting, sculpture and prints based on the kind of navigational instruments that Leichhardt ought to have taken with him on his 1848 cross-continental exploration if he had to be sure of success.  Of course exhibited are the maps such instruments would have generated as he crossed through a shifting landscape. 

The maps are made in beaten copper sheet and painted in the spectacular colours of the desert and show Leichhardt's interest in the topological changes he experienced during his journey westward. Using his instruments to chart the movement of stars, the flight paths of birds, echoes from sonic waves generated by a harmonic bell and the settling of the sun each day, Leichhardt was able to mark out, in the red sandy soil of the Australian interior, a direction toward the inland sea. From high points in the landscape he took the time to beat and shape copper panels into replica ripples and ridges, just as his eyes could see.

The prints show something of the hardship he and his men endured, and, on a lighter note, the friendships made with fellow wanders he met on his way, including the painter Eugene von Guerard and his particular friend, my great grandfather, near Mt Abrupt in Western Victoria.