Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Drawing for Print

Drawing for Print at Newcastle Art School's Front Room Gallery features the work of artists Chris O'Doherty AKA Reg Mombassa, Matthew Martin, Simon Letch, Dallas Bray, Michael Bell, and Bruce Petty. 

The exhibition explores the ways that artists produce work for commercial and industrial purposes including the use of artwork for print journalism, textiles, and government information campaigns. The exhibition runs until 1 June

Monday, May 28, 2012

Lezlie Tilley's A Poetry of Infinite Possibilities

Connection.  It can be structural, sexual, or spiritual.  It binds, it relates, it creates familiarity. Connection is the basis of life, of science, of nature. These vast structures of design are all around us, all of the time, yet we cannot always see them.

Following on from methodology created in her series, An A-less Novel, Lezlie Tilley expands this concept of exposure to literature.  In her current work, each set of six panels demonstrates her process.  Beginning with a loved and tattered book of Robert Burn’s poetry given to her by her grandmother, Tilley has selected the 28-stanza poem, Hallowe’en. Each canto is explored and represented by six panels. The first shows a stanza of the poem in its pure state. In panel two punctures in the paper signify the location of each vowel.  Panel three demonstrates what the poem would be like without its essential vowels. The fourth is a complex design created by connecting the points where the vowels used to be.  The fifth and sixth panels are the antithesis of each other; one a graphite ‘shadow’ of the design, the other its negation. Each panel is an exploration, each a work of beauty and grace.

Tilley is a visionary who allows us to view what exists all around us—the essential structures that escape our naked eye. Her concept and implementation exposes shapes created by positive and negative spaces above, below, and within these vast poetic connections.

Vast connections they are—A Poetry of Infinite Possibilities.

Laura Wilson

Braddon Snape and Josh White/ Media Release

Page | 1 Media Release for immediate release ABSENCE Is an exhibition of new work by internationally recognised Artists Braddon Snape and Joshua White The compelling thing about great art is that it asks doesn’t profess to have the answers. Snape has recently returned from a residency at the International Sculpture Festa in Seoul, Korea where he produced a large scale Public Artwork and has now returned to create a new body of work intimate in scale, whilst White has been invited to exhibit at Utrecht University, Netherlands in June. Now, they are about to hit Sydney for their latest exhibition opening on Thursday
, 31st May until 12th June 2012 at Kaleidoscope Gallery. is only twenty five years old yet has contributed to over fifteen solo and group exhibitions in Newcastle, Melbourne and Sydney. He will also exhibit internationally at The University of Utrecht, Netherlands June this year. White has created portrait paintings of musicians in the midst of playing their instruments and has paired the paintings with individual soundscapes. "Music is the universal language. I observed that if I separated the visual and audio aspects of a musician performing it would highlight their primordial origins. Visually I have removed the apparatus in which aids them in creating sound to focus on their animalistic facial expressions. The audio element creates another aspect that reveals the similarities between music and primal sounds. Combining these two sensory components comments on the simple fact that even within the most intellectual and complex of tasks like playing an instrument, basic human instinct is where it is all derived from. This body of work intents to remind us of our primordial origins." Braddon Snape
Tiny bronze figures stand in isolation, or, in apathetic groups on white terrazzo tableaux, and each perform their role as individual components or players within an austere existential theatre, that is, as Snape suggests, a performance of selected moments played out in one’s psyche.
is known for his large scale, minimalist abstract works in Sculpture by the Sea and for Public Commissions in Australia and Internationally such as his recent residency in Korea. Snape has now turned the tables on us, and ironically in this exhibition (with the title of Absence) he has now introduced the figure into his silent, minimal spaces. "In a time when answers for almost anything are readily available, at any time, at a ‘click’, artists provide respite. I won’t give you the answers. It is that which is not stated or depicted in these works that consolidates the content. It is the mystery, the unknown, the unanswerable that invigorates the scholar.
It is the absence of a complete narrative that is the strength of these works…….the unknown….…the unexplained…….the questions posed.......the space to muse."
Joshua White Phone: 0422 138 136
Braddon Snape Phone: 0417 492 655
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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Emerging Art Prize Winners

Congratulations to our students who went so well in the Newcastle Emerging Art Prize at the Newcastle Community Art Space.

Overall Winner David Kurzydlo, Winner Photo media - Thomas Hadland, Winner Painting -David Kurzydlo, Winners Works on Paper - Elric Ringstad and Sarah Stein

Highly Commended: Nicola Bolton, Penny Warner Smith, Shelley Cornish, Kathyryn Taunton, Ben Kenning, Sarah Cockroft, Penny Dunstan, Bree Saunders,Rachel Ireland.

I think only one or two names amoungst the winners and commended were not currently at or recently at Newcastle Art School! Well done to you all.