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This magical little device provides... the answer to the GPS receiver's aching question, "Where am I?"
The GPS has no idea where I am going! is a curated exhibition culled from Artsite Gallery's Call to Artists of Sydney and the Inner West over recent months.
Exhibiting Artists include: David Asher Brook | Kerwayne Berry | Nicole Eggers | Mo Orkiszewski | Lynne Sung | Judy Trick | Madeleine Tuckfield-Carrano.
The GPS is held responsible for everything that is out of place in the twenty first century; the weather, the lost USB and the keys that aren’t where they were left. It’s the ultimate go-to guru when all else fails.
It listens with stillness and attention to cathartic rants on life, the universe, and other travellers; to singing that should be left in the shower, rudeness, accolades and all the why, what, when, and where on earth queries that occupy daily life.
It rarely answers the question, is too polite to contradict, and, when completely bamboozled, may profoundly and very politely request that you complete a U-turn, when it is safe to do so.
Of course, this doesn't really help much unless you know where you are going, otherwise any road will take you there - to misquote an age-old adage.
The GPS is the techno answer to contemporary life’s questions: What am I doing here? Where am I going? Where did I lose my way? Do I really want to go there? Am I on the right road? Did you really take me for a ride?
You can ask it anything if it's voice activated, and the best you may get is "I’m sorry, I did not understand the Question?" The worst is a convoluted, mangled interpretation that is profoundly significant, if we could just decipher it.
The GPS is the modern equivalent to the magic 8-balls found hidden at the back of dusty shelving - a limited number of absolutely profound answers to all of life’s questions.
Two things I have learnt, "The GPS does not do weather", and "There is a very long way from here."
The objects we surround ourselves with are always intriguing, eloquent even when they are silent and still...
Objects are always saturated with cultural signification... Our relationship with them is complex. We traffic in signs and symbols as much as in matter.
It is in order to understand objects that we classify them... our position in the world is always mediated and filtered by our relationship with objects. Through them we understand ourselves better; they give us the elements for a cartography of our own mutable identity.
However, this relationship is never neutral. It instigates passions, desires and obsessions. Betti Marenko, MEI Journal #31, April 2010. pg. 240-241.
With a nod to Andy Warhol’s "Cookie Jar" collection, Winnie-the-Poo’s "Honey Pot" and the 1970’s must have Bendigo Pottery’s Bread Crock, Skeffington’s Cookie Jar Series, utilises the bright colours of the well know layered sugar candies, Liquorice Allsorts. A sweet with a wide variety of appearances, accounting for the allsorts name. Each of Skeffington’s hand thrown repetitive forms, uniquely adorned with cast and layered Allsorts motifs, has its own unique character.
As with Skeffington’s earlier Vase Form Series, Sweet offers another take on a ubiquitous vessel form of long ceramic history, dressed in the memorable colours of an 111+ year old sweet.
This is Daniel Skeffington's first Solo Exhibition at Artsite Gallery.
*Janet DeBoos is one of Australia’s most respected ceramic practitioners, academics and champions of Australian ceramic art.
Among many accolades, Janet’s work is held in public collections in Australia and worldwide.
I am passionate about my art and enjoy working with etching, drawing, painting and making Artist Books. I find my art wonderfully rewarding, ...sometimes exasperating and totally addictive. Sandi Rigby 2017
A graduate of the National Art School, and the Sydney Gallery School, Sandi Rigby has been a recipient of the Broken Hill Regional Gallery's Outback Works on Paper Art Award, The Geelong Regional Gallery Print Prize and the Hazelhurst Regional Gallery Works on Paper Award amongst others. She has been a finalist in many recognised awards including the Art Gallery of NSW Dobell Drawing Award.
Sandi Rigby has been awarded the Artist in Residency at the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica in Venice, the Daniel & Anne Pata Residency in Paris and most recently the Gullisktan Art Residency, Laugarvatn, Iceland.
In this exhibition, Artist and traveller, Sandi Rigby communicates the mood of her subjects and the places visited with colour, pattern and detail in beautifully executed paintings, drawings, and artist prints often utilising the multiple layering of etched plates to capture both realistically and conceptually her experiences of her personal journeying.
Of her recent residency in Iceland at Gullkistan, Laugarvatn, Sandi Rigby described it as a wonderful experience out in the country on a sheep farm with great facilities for artists, and a landscape like nothing else on earth.
..it was in Australia that I gained my first impressions of the beauty of the world, and it was the Bush that taught me.
How very necessary it is to train ourselves to observe the natural beauty around us so that in the exuberance of our beautification schemes we shall not do things that disturb and eventually destroys the landscape. ...seldom, if ever, do we achieve the quiet perfection of Nature’s planting.
Edith Cowlishaw is a bush walker and, like well-known Australia artist Margaret Preston, loves walking around the local bushland parks in suburban Sydney and as far afield as her recent explorations in the forests in Manjimup, Western Australia.
Her affinity for the natural plantings of the Australian bush, evident all through Edith's career, are environmentally increasingly important in the current debate over global warming.
Edith's passion for the subtle natural plantings that occur between the trees of our bushland is shown in these finely detailed and delicately excuted etchings that celebrate more than fifty years of her personal observations.
Cowlishaw's sensitivity and powers of observation make us look, and look carefully again, at the minutiae that is the Australian bush.
To take a walk through Edith Cowlishaw's eyes is, in the words of John Stilgoe, to enjoy the best-kept secret around - the ordinary, everyday landscape that touches any explorer with magic. ("Outside Lies Magic: Regaining History and Awareness in Everyday Places" 1998).
Arguably one of Australia's longest working Master Printmaker's, Edith Cowlishaw (b.1923) is represented in many Public Collections including the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, ACT; The MAGAM Collection, Manly Art Gallery & Museum, Sydney NSW; The Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney NSW; The Coles Myer Collection of Australian Art; The BRAG Collection, Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, NSW; The Portland Collection, Lithgow City, NSW; The Private Collection of the Japanese Royal Family, Tokyo Royal Palace, Japan; as well as numerous private and public collections in Australia and Internationally.
This is Edith Cowlishaw’s second Solo Exhibition at Artsite Gallery.
A selected exhibition of fresh stockroom work by our newly represented Gallery Artists, Sandi Rigby and Kerry Johns.
Plus new works from our Gallery Artists: including Ross Skinner, Madeleine Tuckfield-Carrano; Gallery Associates including AhToo Chew, Peter Anderson, Erika Beck, Victoria Peel and we welcome in this exhibition the strong sculptural work of our new associate artist, Charles Walker.
Summer Weekends in January
Artsite Gallery Stockroom open for browsing: Weekends in January. Open Saturday and Sunday 11am - 5pm on the weekends of 21st - 22nd January and 28th - 29th January 2017.
Artists: Ah Too Chew | Daniel Skeffington | Dorothy Erickson | Edith Cowlishaw | Erika Beck | Graham Austin | Graham Marchant | Greg Hyde | Hamish Campbell | Kate Jones | Katherine Rooney | Kerry Johns | Kerwayne Berry | Madeleine Tuckfield-Carrano | Nikki Suebwongpat | Rhett Brewer | Ross Skinner | Vittoria Dussoni | Victoria Peel | Sandi Rigby | Peter Baron | Peter Anderson | Paul McKnight | Mo Orkiszewski | Michael Ambriano | Cathryn McEwen.
Confronting an original art work in the real world, in all its raw glory and texture, is a far better experience in the flesh.
Visiting a gallery is not to be experienced secondhand in a virtual online environment. It is an unashamedly first-hand experience seeing original artworks in all their tactile, and sometimes discomforting, rawness.
Art, without the re-imaginings of online stylists and hip pocket hype, should be enjoyed in the flesh - it is not a "pin" to add to an over burgeoning "google clogging" image folder and rarely re-visited.
Liking, buying and collecting art is not about following trends or the competitive gamification of online sites geared to appeal to the hunter gather instinct.
It is about "seeing boldly what no one has seen before" (with apologies to Gene Roddenberry and the Star Trek team).
It is about visiting exhibitions in local gallerys and looking at art in the raw – a visceral experience that is missing with online art today.
It is about developing an eye for what is good, bad, ugly and just downright fantastic – even if it is only in your own opinion and not already a "pin" on someone elses "wall".
It is about building self confidence, getting good advice and using your own eyes.
Collector's Choice 2016 offers art works by local emerging and established artists to help you to start, develop or gift the start of a collection from $300....
Surprised? No, you shouldn't be – there are affordable/emerging and investment/established artists (at a range of affordable prices and payment options) exhibiting in this year’s Collector’s Choice that make liking, buying and living with “real art” simple and achievable.
Satisfying art is not sold by price, value in art is simply a combination of the artists’ recognition gained through achievement, and primarily, whether you like the work. Plus, after you walk out the door, if you keep thinking about the work - then it should be yours – so buy it, there are not always second chance opportunities.
Established artists are those who have been acquired by public collections – serious credibility and deserving of respect - making the purchase of work by established Australian artists very affordable compared with international artists of equivalent profile. Emerging artists are those our experienced curators have identified with a strong consistency and future potential that has nothing to do with age, who are yet to be discovered by, and acquired into, public Institutions.
The emerging and early to mid-career artists exhibiting in Collector's Choice 2016 are art professionals who guard their integrity and reputation by pricing their own work based on increasing achievement and developing buyer confidence through a mutually beneficial gallery relationship.
Catalogue prices are artist prices, and all sales transactions are between the artist and the purchaser. You are purchasing genuine original artworks directly from the artist in the comfort of a well-managed and great exhibition viewing environment. Most importantly, What you see is what you take home.
Collector’s Choice 2016 is your opportunity to see art in the real from gallery and invited artists:
Vittoria Dussoni | Victoria Peel | Sheila White | Sandi Rigby | Ross Skinner | Rhett Brewer | Peter Baron | Peter Anderson | Paul McKnight | Mo Orkiszewski | Michael Ambriano | Madeleine Tuckfield-Carrano | Kerwayne Berry | Kerry Johns | Kathryn Sieber | Katherine Rooney | Kate Jones | Julie Ashcroft | Hamish Campbell | Greg Hyde | Graham Marchant | Graham Austin | Erika Beck | Edith Cowlishaw | Dorothy Erickson | Daniel Skeffington | Ahtoo Chew
Be bold this Christmas, select artwork you have actually seen for yourself before purchase! Ultimately, you will have a greater sense of satisfaction taking your purchase home to enjoy, for now and into the future, in the knowledge that you are directly supporting local emerging and Australian artist’s and in turn the multiple local small business services that artists in turn support in exposing themselves to your view.
Collector's Choice 2016 opened on Sunday 27th November 2016.
Reality has to be digested, it has to be transmuted by paint. It has to be given a twist of some kind. Richard Diebenkorn(1987)
Artsite Gallery takes great pleasure in presenting The Still Life Exhibition with new work from our very popular gallery artist, Graham Marchant, and introducing the work of Paul McKnight and Nikki Suebwongpat.
Still life, observed Christopher Allen (2013), is an art of objects... not only the representation of a collection of objects, but a kind of mirror image of our own sensibility... everything that is included has been the object of a choice by the artist;... their appearance is always significant.
The timeless appeal of these simple objects of still life painting is seen in new work from Graham Marchant, Paul McKnight and Nikki Suebwongpat. Flowers in a vase, or garden pot, are chosen for their abundance of joyous colour, and natural beauty. Collections of simple objects enfused with association and memory rise above the mundane of the everyday. Carefully placed, or accidental juxapositions of objects, a combination of shape, colour, and light, are infused with palpable meaning and emphatic experience.
Graham Marchant's meticuluosly observed floral displays, so bright in sunlight and deep in shade, are imbued with a strong sense of "joie de vivre".
The quiet visual power of Nikki Suebwongpat's paintings demand attention by focusing on objects and viewpoints from her daily life. Her art is the deeply personal evolving out of the starkly ordinary. She makes us notice the commonplace and creates a mysterious, almost spiritual attachment to the objects around her.
Paul McKnight's paintings of delicately decorated porcelain tea sets invite the viewer to want to know more about the tea party that has just taken place. These closely observed and nostalgically delicate remnants of convivial times evoke memories of simple pleasures in which the carefully placed china acts a scripted role, as Matisse (1951) observed, "a good actor can have a part in ten different plays; an object can play a role in ten different pictures."
The object must act powerfully on the imagination, and the artist's feeling. (Matisse)
The Still Life Exhibition opened on Sunday 30th October 2016.
A jaded eye could be bored with the most spectacular view; if we are open to it, the simplest things can be beautiful. Ross Skinner 2016
Ross Skinner has an almost romantic relationship with his craft: I love the stuff of paint, the smell, look and feel of oil paint, watercolour, and soft vine charcoal... I am always trying to find the sweet spot between total freedom in expressing colour and form, and the correct representation that gives the work its meaning as an image.
Ross Skinner´s latest exhibition, In a Marine Light, draws inspiration from Lloyd Rees, an Australian landscape painter pre-occupied with depicting the effects of light and emphasising the harmony between man and nature.
Two painting trips to Gerringong, on the south coast of NSW, attempt to recapture and explore the subject matter of Rees´ work. I discovered it was possible to complete small paintings on the beach with my family in tow... Although, they seem to have an amazing ability to attract sand, commented Skinner whilst admitting that balancing artistic practise with other life commitments involves making the most of time when you can get it because, especially with two young children, you can never plan too far ahead.
Ross admires artists such as Pierre Bonnard, Giorgio Morandi and Clarice Beckett, who find beauty within their own immediate environments. He describes the initial process of painting as being struck by an arrangement of forms, a "look at this!" feeling... The quicker I can begin trying to sketch, and the less I think directly but let that process take over, the more likely I will take away something worth keeping.
Skinner enjoys the immediacy of plein-air painting, which reflects his perceptions of the simple, everyday things around him. I enjoy looking at and recording my immediate environment; flowers from the garden, shadows passing across the yard, and views across Iron Cove from the local parks... (and) the feeling that after working hard on a painting or drawing, suddenly, something seems to come together that wasn’t there before.
Ross Skinner is a three times finalist in the NSW Parliamentary Plein-air prize and a current finalist in the Victorian Castlemaine Art Museum's 2016 Len Fox Painting Prize. He has been the recipient of many art awards including the 2014 Glebe Art Prize Open Painting Award and the 2009 Glebe Sesquicentennial Painting Prize.
"In a Marine Light" explores the landscapes of the NSW South Coast, and Iron Cove in Sydney’s Inner-West.
I love the visually confronting and unique landscape of Australia. Michael Ambriano 2016
Michael Ambriano’s first solo exhibition at Artsite features work from his personal explorations of the bush landscape found in Australia´s National Parks, including Warrumbungle National Park and the bush surroundings of the Sutherland Shire of Sydney.
Ambriano grew up in Cronulla in a large Italian family, where he would explore the bush around Cars Park with his brothers and cousins.
This was the foundation of his enduring relationship with the Australian landscape.
There is nothing better for me than spending my time in the landscape, plein-air painting, sketching or just absorbing my surroundings... I enjoy the creative process because it puts me in a time and space that I can’t describe, but when I am there, it’s my high...
Michael Ambriano names Clifton Pugh, Sidney Nolan, Fred Williams and Lloys Rees as some of his influences, and he describes subconsciously scanning the landscape for colours, shapes, forms, shadows and highlights before he sets up his palette. You just have to walk through the landscape and you will find inspiration. You have to teach yourself to see what is around you.
I love being able to discover and rediscover the space and scale of this land.
In 2012 Michael Ambriano was a participant in the World Expeditions Art trip to West MacDonnell Ranges-Larapinta in the company of well known Australian artists such as Euan Macleod, Leo Robber and Steve Lopes.
Ambriano’s work is developing a consistent representation in finalist Art Awards including The Paddington Art prize, and in 2013 he was the recipient of the Kelton Artist Residency at Cooma, NSW.
This is Michael Ambriano's first Solo Exhibition at Artsite Gallery.
In this exhibition, the songwriting of Old Man Crow is honoured with a collection of 38 beautifully rendered illustrations that bring to life his heart-felt lyrics seasoned with wry observations of life in Sydney’s Inner West.
This project celebrates four decades of music by iconic Blues and Roots singer/songwriter Rod Morgan (aka. Old Man Crow) and 25 years of collaboration with his partner, illustrator & bookbinder Mo Orkiszewski.
The result of four years of intensive drawing (2011–2015), the original illustrations will be exhibited alongside a limited edition hand coloured book, that includes a 4 CD set of the illustrated songs.
We have been making art and playing music in Sydney's inner west for 25 years, publishing "The illustrated lyrics of Old Man Crow" is a celebration of those years together, dancing with the changes and contributing to the colour and movement of the local Newtown and Inner West music and art scene, says Mo Orkiszewski and Rod Morgan. It’s the beginning of the next chapter in Old Man Crow's lifelong musical journey, as he sings in the last line of the last song in the book, next stop the end of the line."
The limited edition, hand coloured The Illustrated Lyrics of Old Man Crow and CD set was launched at the Exhibition was opened on Sunday 4th September by Peter Cox, Curator of Pop Culture, Powerhouse Museum. An Official event of the 2016 Sydney Fringe Festival.
In the true spirit of rock ´n´ roll, posters, cards, t-shirts & stage and costume accoutrements designed and made by Mo for Old Man Crow’s stage performances were on exhibition and the Crow T-shirts are still available on order from the gallery.
This is the Fifth Annual Sydney Fringe Festival Exhibition at Artsite Gallery.