Installation view Common Ground exhibition 2011

Installation view of Common Ground

Arcadia: Emerging Artists

22 October – 13 November 2011

Aly Aitkin, Stick insect medium 2010, leather, timber, wadding, sticks, plastic teeth and found objects, dimensions variable.  Image courtesy of the artist.

Despite having appeared in an array of guises throughout the history of creative arts, the concept of Arcadia is somewhat ambiguous. From references in Greek and Roman bucolic poetry, to High Renaissance painting, contemporary music and digital media, there is no doubt the theme has engaged countless practitioners. What is it that makes Arcadia not only an intriguing but also mystifying subject matter?
The concept of Arcadia has fascinated countless practitioners throughout art history. Emerging contemporaries Aly AITKEN, Alex CUFFE & Ben KOLAITIS, Lucas GROGAN, Nikki LAM and Rohan SCHWARTZ have come together to create innovative and challenging new work in a variety of media including installation, sound, video and paper and, in doing so, have responded to the perplexing dualities presented by this enduring artistic theme.

David Ray: Contemporary Ceramics

22 October – 13 November 2011

David Ray, Safari 2010, porcelain, enamels and liquidgold. Image courtesy of the artist.

David Ray is one of Melbourne’s leading ceramists, applying critical comment to contemporary consumerism and the less reputable aspects of our national identity through his flamboyant baroque creations. Lead on whimsical journeys of mythical tales and misadventures through the reinterpreting of classic forms and imagery in a compelling unique way, Ray’s ceramics confound the modes and materials of contemporary art.

In Ray’s work the questioning of identity is as much assigned to the object as to us. He does this by paying homage to the vessels they arrive in and by illustrating the work with an array of historical and cross-cultural narratives. The hand of the artist is never far from one’s consciousness when viewing this work which is intentionally imperfect, asymmetrical and often seemingly top heavy. Also lingering in the viewer’s awareness is the nature of ceramics’ usually pristinely designed and immaculately fashioned and fragile. These two opposing qualities are exactly what give Ray’s work the poignancy and pertinence for which he has become known.

The Teapot Tops

20 August – 23 October 2011

Rachael Devine, Three spouted teapot 2011 (detail). Image courtesy of the artist.

Tea has long evoked the image of community - the English tea party and its occasion for social strategy, the Japanese Way of Tea and its sacramental procedure. Though as the drinking of tea shifts from these ceremonial paradigms toward the lone and offhand practice of jiggling a teabag or pulling the tab on a hot can, the teapot appears evermore uncanny.
In an exhibition of cross-disciplinary work The Teapot Tips regards a recently bequeathed collection of teapots both as an important part of enabling informed responses to cultural heritage and, at the same time, as the fanatical hoardings of commonplace odds and ends.
Through artworks created in responses to Edmund James Wright Albury’s eccentric collection of 150 teapots, Holmesglen TAFE Visual Art students explore rituals out-dated and those in the present-day, what it means to be a collector and which cultural relics are worthy of esteem.
This exhibition offers viewers the opportunity to recognise and reconnect with the age-old tradition of preparing and sharing a brew to nourish the soul.

Midwinter Masters: Common Ground

2 July - 11 September 2011

John Olsen, Salute to Cerberus 1965 (detail), oil on plywood, 185 x 244.5 cm. Image courtesy of TarraWarra Museum of Art.  

The Gallery at Bayside Arts & Cultural Centre is delighted to present Common Ground, a vibrant exhibition which brings together the work of major Australian artists John OLSEN, John WOLSELEY and Lorraine CONNELLY-NORTHEY.

The first in The Gallery’s new Midwinter Masters series, Common Ground includes a comprehensive array of paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture on loan from public and private collections. The exhibition focuses on the exploration of line, the “common ground” throughout the artists’ oeuvre.

A major coup for The Gallery is the inclusion of John Olsen’s Salute to Cerberus 1965. On loan from the TarraWarra Museum of Art Collection and illustrating Olsen’s exuberant painting style, this work received widespread critical acclaim at the time of its creation. The Gallery will also be showing work purchased directly from the artist and not previously available for public viewing.

A copy of the exhibition catalogue can be downloaded here.

Bayside: Live, Work, Play

Curated by Damian Smith

12 May - 26 June 2011

Sidney Nolan, Moonboy 1962, oil and gold spray on card, 25.5 x 30.5 cm. Image courtesy of The Sidney Nolan Trust.

Bayside City Council is pleased to present its inaugural exhibition at The Gallery at Bayside Arts & Cultural Centre. Bayside: live, work, play is a captivating display of paintings, new media and installation which combines the work of mid-career artists such as Emma DAVIES, Sean LOUGHREY, Saffron NEWEY and Amanda ROBINS with the work of significant artists Clarice BECKETT, Roger KEMP and Sidney NOLAN.

This exhibition will offer audiences the unique opportunity to discover the landscape and geography of the Bayside area as seen through the eyes of some of Australia’s most celebrated arts practitioners.

 A copy of the exhibition catalogue can be downloaded here.

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