Florid is a group exhibition curated by Clare McFarlane and Andrew Nicholls that brings 8 multi-disciplinary WA based artists to fortyfivedownstairs.
Participating artists will be: Olga Cironis, Thea Costantino, Mel Dare, Eva Fernandez, Susan Flavell, Ryan Nazzari, Clare McFarlane & Andrew Nicholls.
Florid will comprise of recent works by these mid-career artists drawing upon histories of decoration in order to explore subjectivity, identity, colonialism and/or nationalism. This exhibition will include sculpture, photography, painting, ceramic and drawing.
Image:Joint image (left to right, top to bottom) Andrew Nicholls, Self-portrait with Magickal and Medicinal Plants (detail), 2013, archival ink pen on watercolour paper, 3 panels, each 76 x 57 cm; Ryan Nazzari, Mr Nazzari (#6), 2012/2013, watercolour and watercolour pencil on paper, 30 x 21 cm; Olga Cironis, Wish You Were Here, 2013, human hair, glass frame, 14 cm radius; Melanie Dare, Vestige, 2014, acrylic paint and ink on caravaggio linen, 20 x 20 cm; Clare McFarlane, Nature Morte ii (detail), 2013, acrylic and aerosol on canvas, 130 x 100 cm; Susan Flavell, Untitled, 2013, stained stoneware, 31 x 10 x 10 cm; Eva Fernandez, From the series Flora obscura (detail), 2013, photograph on fine art paper, 9 prints, each 56 x 56 cm; Thea Costantino, Lachrymae Imperiales II (detail), 2013, digital print, 102 x 75 cm.
Then, Now and Everything in Between
Life is a journey of endless possibilities, Then, Now and Everything in Between engages in a dialogue with the artists’ ongoing exploration into memory and conversation.
Robert Lee Davis’s sensitive cinematic paintings are reminiscent of early colonial coastal cartographic surveys. Working across painting and collage he combines formal painting techniques with newsprint and images from journals and magazines. Each painting is an immersive recreation of global landscapes and structures. Influenced by stories and conversation, Davis presents a suite of deeply personal works tracking his journey across three continents.
Davis invites visitors to engage with his art-making process by setting up his studio in the gallery space and create new works in-situ while interacting with visitors.
Drawing workshops with Robert:
As part of his exhibit Robert will be offering a small salon style drawing class. Bring your sketchbook, drawing materials and one object to add to a communal still life. Classes will be limited to 12 people – cost $20.
Friday 7 March, 11 – 12pm
Image: I Wandered into Dashera, Not Knowing Where to Anchor, 2013, mixed media collage on reclaimed polystrene, 300 x 420mm.
Artist Chris Beaumont is the second artist to take up residence in the studio which is attached to fortyfivedownstairs’ large gallery space.
It’s particularly appropriate to Chris’ work that the studio was formerly used as a kitchen space for gallery functions, as Chris Beaumont has always been fascinated by still life, and in particular the humble everyday aspects of our daily life and bread – in his hands the potato, the pumpkin, the eggplant and onion become precious, their apparently simplicity transformed into objects of beauty.
A committee that included Julian Burnside, Chair of fortyfivedownstairs, and artists Jon Cattapan and Kate Dawe, decided that Chris Beaumont, with his dedicated and determined art practice, was an ideal candidate for the studio residency, which also involves talking to some of the numerous senior student groups that visit the gallery each year.
The residency culminates in a two week exhibition, from 27 May 2014. It will be almost ten years since Chris Beaumont last exhibited at fortyfivedownstairs!
Image: Studio image in The George Tower St Kilda, courtesy of Serge Thomann; Vanitas still life with lavendar, 2007, oil on linen, 510 x 610mm; Still Life with Lemons, 2005, oil on linen, 410 x 510mm.
Royal Park - The Last Summer
The works in Royal Park – The Last Summer were made throughout Melbourne’s hot and dry summer of 2013-2014 with the hope of conveying the spirit and tranquillity of Royal Park.
Throughout David’s life as a photographer he has been engaged in conservation campaigns and has always comes back to this: the overwhelming sense of inspiration he gets from nature. Royal Park is the one of the few places in the city that honours the natural world.
In the 1980s American photographer and environmentalist Ansel Adams said, “It is horrifying that we have to fight our own governments to save the environment”.
Image: Morton Bay Fig Trees – Macarthur Road – Royal Park, silver gelatin photograph, 360 x 300mm; Manna Gums – Royal Park, silver gelatin photograph, 360 x 300mm
Devised & performed by CLARE BARTHOLOMEW, DEREK IVES & NICCI WILKS, directed by SUSIE DEE
Join us for the premiere of THE LONG PIGS, a profound, stylistically and visually arresting performance rooted in physical and black comedy.
Located in a rickety shack that acts as their factory, three paranoid comrades work, play and ritualize as their thrilled muttering drives their joy while a pile of shiny red noses emerge from beneath a rusty bucket.
Perceived as an underground clown cult, The Long Pigs takes its title from the Melanesian Pidgin phrase for “human flesh”, where three black nose clowns have been scalping clown noses and slicing the very symbol of innocence off their once red nose cousins.
In a murky soup of mutual distrust and suspicion, promises made are constantly broken and the gang ultimately turns on itself in a fatally funny and destructive climax.
Image credit: Ponch Hawkes.
Presented by Liberty Victoria
The legacy of Wolfgang Sievers is his work left to boost human rights causes.
Here are 51 photographs, among those bequested to Julian Burnside QC, being sold in aid of Liberty Victoria and other human rights organisations.
A refugee from Nazism in Germany, Sievers’s work after the war was shaped by the Bauhaus ethos and philosophy of the New Objectivity learnt in Berlin. He melded this with a socialist belief in the inherent dignity of labour, creating brilliant theatrical photographs, often by capturing industrial machinery at night, isolating details with artificial light and posing workers for heightened effect.
Sievers first studied archaeology and learnt photography to illustrate his art professor father’s books. He was unable to continue his studies due to Nazi political oppression, and tried to earn a living as a freelance photographer in Portugal. Once in Melbourne, and having served in the war, he set up a new studio, holding a joint exhibition with Helmut Newton of photography for fashion, business and industry in 1953. His influence on industrial photography in Australia cannot be overstated.
Image: © Wolfgang Sievers, Cement Mill Construction at Vickers Ruwolt, 1970, mounted black and white print, 370 x 280mm. Courtesy Liberty Victoria.
Presented by Brigitte Braun Art Dealer
New paintings is John Cullinane’s third exhibition at fortyfivedownstairs.
In this new body of work John explores the ongoing relationships between the male and female psyche, and throughout uses the shadow as a metaphor for the measurement of time. He plays with the idea of reality; creating invented images with no specific meaning, that speak of the irony of modern life the artist finds both amusing and tragic at the same time.
With a career spanning over 25 years, John is an iconic Western Australian artist whose works are a reflection of infinite talent and his intense dedication to creating work that constantly keeps us guessing and questioning; which only the best can do.
John’s works are included in many public & private collections including: The National Gallery of Australia, Barry Humphries, Ziyin and Carrillo Gantner and Julian Burnside.
Image: Shadow, 2014, oil on linen, 610 x 760mm; Anthem, 2014, oil on linen, 610 x 760mm.
TangoMundo continue their Piazzolla Project with the launch of their latest CD Fracanapa. TangoMundo are unique in Australia; specialising in authentic tango standards and with over 50 Piazzolla works in repertoire, including his most popular songs. All arrangements are by Argentine violist Guillermo Anad, and played by Anad, Dave Evans on piano accordion and Faye Bendrups on piano and vocals.
Astor Piazzolla melded the best of traditional tango with Baroque fugue structures, jazz flourishes, echoes of klezmer and references to North American popular music styles. He had the vision and determination to reinvent this most emblematic of cultural expressions and to take it on the road around the world where he inspired musicians of all nations to take up the tango.
Image: TANGO MUNDO Faye Bendrups, Guillermo Anad, Dave Evans. Image credit, Ponch Hawkes.
Christiana Aloneftis & Konrad Olszewski
Young Greek-Cypriot Australian soprano, Christiana Aloneftis, debuts for the first time at fortyfivedownstairs with concert pianist Konrad Olszewski.
Featuring music by Bellini, Piazzolla, Tchaikovsky and Gerswin with the centrepieces of the evening including Schumann’s Frauenliebe und Leben and the Australian premiere of Manos Hatzidakis song cycle, Magnus Eroticus Op. 30 (1972).
The dynamic duo will take you on an eclectic journey through various repertoire which celebrate and define the woman, with particular attention paid to the rarely-performed and melancholic sounds of Greek Classical Art Song. Catch Christiana Aloneftis before she leaves our shores to study at the internationally-renowned La Scala in Milan.
Image credit: JCZC Photography.
When a clock ticks our concept of time is shaped and when we move through a building, from room to room we conceptualise space. Linear movements and containment dominate the way in which space and time are understood. But, what if this was not the case? What if there were multiple temporalities existing simultaneously and if space both expanded and contracted within a moment.
Entanglement seeks to explore this realm through robustly painted surfaces and the rich depth of black mirrors and reflective surfaces. In this respect the paintings oscillate between the solidity of a painting and the transience of reflection. Central to this installation are paintings of the female body in various states of entanglement. Like scenes from a Greek vase the body is a void, a non presence, its consistency is defined only by its edge. And yet, in this instance our vision is inverted as we view the vase from within.
A live performance of an original composition, Trust: a work in three movements, by Brighid Mantelli in collaboration with Danielle McCarthy will be performed during the opening night.
Image: Twist, 2013, oil on perspex, 1000 x 1500mm.
Presented by Brigitte Braun Art Dealer
Brigitte Braun Art Dealer presents a selection of works by Butcher Cherel Janangoo, Dorothy and Tommy May, Tiny McCale, Mawukura Jimmy Nerrimah and Pijaju Peter Skipper.
This is a rare opportunity to see works by some of the finest painters of the Kimberleys.
Image: Kapipata, Iylyi, Walpajarra and Munkuwartu by Mawukura Jimmy Nerrimah, 2008, acrylic on canvas, 1200 x 900mm
A new physical performance event – its subject is War.
7 stories – 7 directors
KaBooM is based on real stories of Australians who have fought on the frontline. Australians who fled to this country to escape conflict and build new lives. Each of the tales serves as a basis for 7 leading independent theatre directors to create a theatrical response. They use the body of one female performer (Deborah Leiser-Moore), who, like a contemporary Scheherazade, functions as the central storyteller – and an arsenal of contemporary theatrical weapons – projections, aerial work, pulsing sound track from Bigtoxic – and elements – water, tomatoes, hay – to create a series of interlocking performance vignettes.
KaBooM positions the audience, as witness, into the midst of the performance arena, into a metaphorical field of war, where they are led to discrete performance areas. There is no fourth wall – the sense of involvement and engagement is direct. KaBooM is both deeply personal and universal – as you read these words there is a war going on in several corners of the globe. The waves created by the “BooM” in KaBooM are sonic, emotional, psychological and physical; they all coalesce in this one unique theatrical event.
Image credits: Lachlan Woods.
The female birthright; to conceive, carry, birth and raise a child the way generations before us have done.With this new found insight into ourselves and our capabilities, we are re-invented and changed undeniably as we learn to understand the internal dichotomy between overwhelming love and underlying anguish that is felt.
Maternus will showcase emerging and mid-career artists from a range of disciplines: Anika Lister, Annie van Limbeek, Bonnita Gillard, Debbie Robinson, Katie Young, Kirsty Gorter, Mina Young, and Sarah Gosling.
The link that unites these artists is the simple fact that they are changed physically, emotionally and spiritually through motherhood.
Image: Despondency (detail) by Sarah Gosling, 2014, oil and acrylic on canvas, 760 x 920mm; Baby (detail) by Debbie Robinson, 2013, oil on canvas, 760 x 510mm; Bound (detail) by Katie Young, 2014, AP silk screen print and coloured pencil, 380 x 570mm; Keeping it Together (Very Wise Monkey) (detail) by Kirtsy Gorter, 2011, wool, linen, cotton, lurex and other threads, beads and diamantes, 790 x 630 x 130mm; In The Beginning (detail) by Bonnita Gillard, 2014, ink and gouache on paper, 270 x 420mm; Breathe (detail) by Annie van Limeek, 2014, collage and ink on paper, 380 x 305 x 30mm; Utopian Dreams (detail) by Debbie Robinson, 2013, oil on canvas, 915 x 1220mm; Self Portrait (detail) by Anika Lister, 2014, mixed media, 900 x 200 x 250mm.
Sculpture in Wood
Since his last solo exhibition in 1996, the focus for sculptor Christopher Hazzard is no longer when his next show is, but rather the work itself.
The works he creates come from the subconscious. Meanwhile the wood itself always hasa say in what is to come out of it. Chris believes each piece of wood has a story, and once the tree has grown and the timber has served a purpose, he is able to find the dream hidden within.
Spending time in Indonesia he finds and recycles large planks of teak or suar, from Australia he carves cedar, Mallee root or burl to reveal the meaning hidden within.
Image:Bed Head, 2013, painted recycled teak, 680 x 1400mm; Tumbler, Australian cedar, 200 x 200 x 200mm.
Finucane & Smith's GLORY BOX
We regret that Glory Box 2014 has been cancelled due to circumstances beyond our control. Our sincere apologies for any inconvenience and disappointment that this has caused. Please watch this space for other exciting performances that will soon be announced!