Wednesday, 26 February 2020

Alexandra Standen

physical nature

This Is No Fantasy

26 February 2020

Simple Softness, 2019 Southern Ice Porcelain, lustre, $3500

The Grand Tazi, 2020 Hand built terracotta, metallic glaze, $4500

Cherry Pits, 2020 Hand built black clay, metallic clay  

Kate Tucker


Daine Singer, rear 90 Moor Street, Fitzroy 3065

26 February 2020

Interesting combination of materials acrylic, acrylic medium on canvas, calico, cardboard, glazed earthenware base. 



Do It Yourself
Patch work

Kate Tucker: Held, catalogue essay by Amelia Wallin

“The history of framing,” writes artist Celine Conderili, “is impossible to find” (Support Structures 2009: 9). That which holds, supports, underwrites, and sustains is often overlooked, it is so entangled within the minutia of everyday life that it cannot be subtracted from it. From the scaffolding that upholds buildings to the reproductive labour that sustains us, the familiarity and ordinariness of support is responsible for its omission. In Held, Kate Tucker’s current exhibition at Daine Singer in Melbourne, the act of upholding is equal to that which is held and the apparatus of support is celebrated. 
Materially ambiguous, and often small in scale, what Tucker terms her “slab paintings” and their ceramic counterparts are none the less monumental. In 2015 Tucker first exhibited a series of paintings with ceramic supports designed to delicately uphold her small canvases. Over a five year process, the ceramic structures have expanded to surpass their function as supportive apparatus. In Tucker’s most recent series, colours and patterns are extended from the plane of the canvas onto the ceramics, creating the effect of a symbiotic unit where neither element is more dominant despite their material and functional discrepancies. Material polarities extend throughout the exhibition, as the artist experiments with absorption and repulsion in the form of slick glazed ceramics, porous earthenware, and acrylic paint across multiple surfaces.
Drawing from a proficiency with Photoshop and a past life as a textile and digital designer, Tucker’s paintings are materially dense. Not content with the constraints of the canvas, Tucker devised her layering technique to mimic the openness of digital operations such as Photoshop, specifically the ability to go back and rework imagery across various layers. Through her processes of layering paint, glue and fabric, the artist’s materials — canvas, linen, cotton, digitally printed cotton, cardboard, acrylic  — are indivisible from each other. The absorption, expansion and hardening of each layer give form to the duration of their making. The result is a weighty object, situated between painting and sculpture.    
For many artists, time in the studio comes always at the expense of something else. Tucker’s works evoke the discipline and endurance of a studio practice and the unspoken sacrifices that this entails. The three earthenware sculptures of grasping hands, “Attend”, “Assurance”, and “Entangled” (all 2019) evoke this sense of struggle. For these works, Tucker drew inspiration from vintage DIY instructional manuals, illustrated with black and white photographs of disembodied gesturing hands, engaged in various tasks of fixing, building, making. In their sculptural form, the hands are at once supportive and restrictive, nurturing and containing. 
To be held is to be nurtured, supported, cared for, but one can also be held back. Countless women have written about the challenges of motherhood in the context of the arts in particular. The isolating experiences of motherhood led artist Moyra Davey to compile and edit The Mother Reader, a collection of texts on the ambivalence of motherhood, writing, art and shame. In her introduction to the volume, Davey speaks of the treasure hunt like the experience of discovering sources in the footnotes, citations, and introductions of texts, through which she unearthed a community of writers struggling with the expectations and conditions of motherhood in a Western context. Tucker too, speaks of the challenges of being an artist parent; the limits of time, the enduring demands of care. Like the frame beyond the picture, motherhood is commonly thought of as supportive or supplementary, and as with all support systems, its everywhere-ness makes it an elusive concept to grapple with. Yet through its attention to that which upholds, Tucker’s exhibition realigns the supportive with the supported. Held reminds us of the structures, systems, and applications of support that may go unnoticed.
- Amelia Wallin, 2020

Saturday, 22 February 2020

The Pottery Expo 2020 - Glorious Warrandyte

22-23 February 2020

70 Ceramic artists from around Australia celebrating the 20th Anniversary of this wonderful event.

The wonderful Jane Annois who makes this annual event possible!

Stalls in no particular order...

Minna Graham

Fabulous RMIT graduates Rory Young, Nicole Cocis, Adriana Goya, Emma Rose - all of cosmic clay collective 

Gillian Martin

Neil Hoffman thoughtful and wise comments as part of the Slow Clay Tent Talks

Katy Mitchell 

Megan Patey talks about the clear vision and understanding of her practice as part of the Slow Clay Tent Talks

Rory Young

Adriana Christianson

Naoko Coghlan

Richard Phethean

Nicole Cocis

Yvette De Lacey of Mountain Clay 

Kevin Boyd

Adrian Goya

Emma Rose

Elnaz Nourizadeh


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