Thursday, June 30, 2005

Reasons To Get Wet

Are are some interesting things to get a gander at if you're feeling stir crazy from all this rain.

1. Nature By Proxy at Brian Moore Gallery:

2. Shen Mo - at Addison Road Gallery

3. Mike - at wedding Circle

1. NATURE BY PROXY - I've cut and pasted their promo verbatum, coz I'm lazy - but it looks AMAZING - check it out and see if I'm talking crap when I rave about it on Monday

brian moore gallery

294 glenmore road paddington nsw 2021 australia

t 61 2 93807100 f 61 2 93807161

For information contact Paul Flynn at the gallery or mb 0412 393 653

Exhibition continues until Saturday 16 July 2005

Gallery Hours: 11 – 6 Tue – Fri, 10 – 5 Sat

Nature by Proxy looks at the work of thirteen artists using the natural environment as their reference point. The intentions and outcomes are as varied as the artists themselves yet all provoke consideration of how and why contemporary artists are inspired by nature and how our opinions and experiences of nature are shaped through the vision of individual artists.

Have environmental politics and technologies and altered the way artists make use of nature? Has our metaphorical appreciation of nature changed? How do artists living in urban sprawl communicate their understanding of the natural environment?

Nature by Proxy brings together the photography of Paul Knight and Stephanie Valentin, painting by Claudia Damichi, Eugenie Lee, Mathew Lynn, Viv Miller and Judith Van Heeren, video work by Daniel Crooks and Brad Hammond, digital media by Irene Hanenbergh and sculpture by Koji Ryui, Harriet Parsons and John Nicholson.

New Zealand-born Daniel Crooks combines technical mastery with poetic sensibility in a video work that uses rolling waves on a beach to distort time and perspective.*

Claudia Damichi is a Sydney artist who uses the repetitive patterns found within nature, particularly through microbiological observation, as the basis for a landscape painting that merges the macroscopic with the minuscule.

Zimbabwean Brad Hammond takes very ordinary natural phenomena, such as dust floating through a shaft of light, to produce mesmerising, introspective video work.

Irene Hanenbergh came to Melbourne from The Netherlands via London and Athens and creates dramatic virtual landscapes using vector-based computer programmes.

Melbourne-based Paul Knight’s photographs capture sites where manmade and natural environments collide, revealing our instinct to retain some connection with nature in the midst of urban clutter.

Born in Seoul, Eugenie Lee draws on Korean mythology and pop culture in her intimate, interpretive painting, giving contemporary resonance to ancient natural metaphors.

Mathew Lynn is a Sydney artist, well known for his regular Archibald appearances, who has quietly continued a studio based investigation into landscape painting, distilling his images to atmospheric fundamentals.

Adelaide born painter Viv Miller explores the ways in which landscape painting can be used to idealise and control our vision of the natural environment.

Sydney artist John Nicholson’s plastic objects appear to contain an animate presence, quietly vibrating like sub-atomic particles or floating like specimens under a microscope, blurring the boundary between artificial and organic. John Nicholson also is the curator of Nature by Proxy

Harriet Parsons is an installation artist from Melbourne who creates wall-mounted landscapes that combine painting, sound, lace and electronics.

Sydney artist Koji Ryui, uses common throw-away materials such as drinking straws to make complex, organic sculptures that are evocative of science-molecular, atomic and microcosmic worlds.

Sydney photographer Stephanie Valentin opens our notion of landscape to new microscopic frontiers, using an electron microscope to etch words and marks onto the surface of microscopic plant pollen.*

Dutch born Judith Van Heeren paints from museum specimens and taxidermy in the tradition of Flemish masters to produce work that documents the endangerment and extinction of flora and fauna.

2. Shen Mo

Bloody Amazing Ink Drawings on show until 10th July at Addison ROad Gallery - 142 Addison Road MArrickville.

Bloody Amazing Ink Workshop - on THIS SATURDAY 2nd July from 11am

3. Mike - I raved about his scattergun PR strategy last week on the show.
If I see another bloody car paiting I'm going to spew.
Why doesn't someone PAINT ON CARS for a change???? huh!
this guy has apparently 'combines his twin loves of cars and girls". YEah great. I don't care if he's bieng ironic.
But it is the last ever show at the wedding circle - so I reckon go, praise the gallery and knock the art - the less big headed boy painters there are in the world the better.

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