Saturday, 16 September 2017

Claire McArdle - Up North

31 August - 16 September 2017

Gallerysmith Project Space

Sometimes my soft eye strays from a purely ceramic/clay focus. Happily, I will stray towards this Melbourne based artist Claire McArdle.

McArdle's work is ever inventive and creatively responsive to the material and history of place. Up North is a reflection on her residency in Iceland. 

Check out McArdle's use of material, form and how the body might carry a reference to place. 

Coming Home, shoes, 2017, Icelandic wolfish skin, sterling silver, thread

details of Brooches, 2017 natural dyed Icelandic wool, sterling silver

Mountains, 2017

Námafjall, mountain, 2017, raised copper, tiger eye, camel agate, marble, petrified wood, brass

Sheep, neckpieces, 2017, natural dyed Icelandic wool

tray of dyes with list of material: Downy Birch Twigs, Lupin Seed Pods, Crowberries, Soft Pine Tree, Bog Bilberries etc.

detail of dye lots

gallerysmith entry to the Project Space

Saturday, 2 September 2017

Every Second Feels Like A Century

Curated by Hannah Presley & Debbie Pryor
Alterfact, Vito Bila, John Brooks, Sarah Mary Chadwick, Nicholas Hovington, Angela Thirlwell, Adam Ridgeway, Jasmine Targett

1 September - 7 October 2017

westspace, Melbourne

A real treat to visit this thoughtfully curated exhibition. Full curatorial points for the presentation of artworks and artist in a non-didactic way. The portentous title introduces a range of artists whose works generate questions, notice behaviours, predict outcomes, respond to 

Installation view of Every Second Feels Like A Century

Adam Ridgeway. Takin aback, 2017, porcelain. glaze, acrylic, ochre & mixed media

Vito Bila, 2014, Tray #2,  electroplated nickel sliver, sahib ichi
Vito Bila

John Brooks, Carpet & Plaster, 2017, 7 minute video

Angela Thirwell, installation, photography, performance, drawing and tattoo
Angela Thirwell, tattoo installation
Angela Thirwell, drawing

Jasmine Targett, Thirst Know No Season, 2017, glass crystal, dichroic lens
Jasmine Targett, My Nike Will Live Longer Than Me 2, 2017, glass crystal, dichroic lens

detail Bounty
detail Bounty
Nicholas Hovington, Bounty, 2017, kangaroo bones, skins, river reeds

Alterfact, Field Kit #1, 3D printing in clay
Alterfact are Ben Landau & Lucile Sciallano

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Cooked – a group show of contemporary ceramics

Andrei Davidoff, Dawn Vachon, Grace Brown, Kenny Pittock, Madeleine Thornton-Smith, Mechelle Bounpraseuth, Susan Robey and Tai Snaith. 

Lamington Drive
55 Budd Street Collingwood

3-19 August 2017

Curated in collaboration with artist Jane Sawyer, director of Slow Clay Centre.
Dawn Vachon, Bow Tie, 2017
Mechelle Bounpraseuth,  Yeo's Chysanthamum Tea, Built in Ashtray, Extra Wrapper & Gum, 2017

Grace Brown, Untitled, 2017

Grace Brown, Untitled, 2017

Madeleine Thornton-Smith, Vase, Framing, Right Angles,  2017

Madeleine Thornton-Smith, Pedestal, Blue Brushstrokes, 2017

Kenny Pittock, Every hotdog has its day, 2017

Lamington Drive facade

Thursday, 3 August 2017

In Common

Chela Edmunds + Abbey Rich
Elizabeth Barnett + Katia Carletti
Bianca Mavrick + Louise Meuwissen
Tessy King + Samantha O'Farrell
Kirsten Perry + Merryn Lloyd
Ashley Ronning + Rosaleen Ryan
Cheralyn Lim + Georgina Glanville

3 - 12 August 2017

Guild of Objects
690 Queensberry Street, North Melbourne

Each of these artist  pairs have interpreted the collaboration paremetre differently. It is always exciting to look at collaboratively made objects and to try and decipher where the two makers appear separately and where practice and aesthetic begins to meld and flow.

In Common is part of Craft Cubed Festival with the theme of 'Crafting Communities'

Elizabeth Barnett + Katia Carletti

Tessy King + Sam O'Farrell

Kirsten Perry + Merryn Lloyd 

Chela Edmunds + Abby Rich

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

2017 Sidney Myer Fund Australian Ceramic Award at SAM

Featuring shortlisted artist:

Congratulations to Jenny Orchard for winning the major $50,000 acquisitive prize for her work, The Imagined Possibility of Unity (2017). She populated her gallery with such wonderfully eccentric beings. See the expose of images following.

The 2017 Award was judged by Jacqueline Doughty, Curatorial Manager, The Ian Potter Museum of Art, The University of Melbourne; Jason Smith, Director, Geelong Art Gallery; and Dr Rebecca Coates, Director, Shepparton Art Museum.

Saturday 17 June to Sunday 13 August 2017

Fun road trip to SAM for the artist talks and the announcement. This prize is going from strength to strength. Selection of four Australian artists whose proposals best explored how the ceramic process can be used to flesh-out a conceptual concern. With a stipend of $2000 (I believe) and a gallery space, all four artists really invested in the opportunity and each presented a substantial solo exhibition. 

SMFACA is really a winner takes all situation and I don't disagree with the judges decision. The tension was palpable before the announcement, weighted down by the sum of the prize winnings. Made me do some mathmatical pondering. Might a increased stipend, say $5000 each by nipping off some of the 50,000, therefore giving 25,000 for the winner. 








Claire McArdle - Up North

31 August - 16 September 2017 Gallerysmith Project Space Sometimes my soft eye strays from a purely ceramic/clay focus. Happily, ...