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Looking for the Leviny Women of Buda

22 - 22 November
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 11:00am on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, repeating until 2 December, 2016

An event every week that begins at 11:00am on Saturday, repeating until 3 December, 2016

Catherine Pilgrim, Relic Without Cultural Context 2016 lithograph (A/P) 38 x 28cm

Catherine Pilgrim

22 November – 3 December 2016

hours:
Tuesday – Friday 11am to 5pm,
Saturday 12pm to 4pm
admission: Free

a rich contemplative view of curious female ‘makers’.

Installation image by Tim Gresham
Installation image by Tim Gresham

Installation image by Tim Gresham

Installation image by Tim Gresham

Installation image by Tim Gresham

Installation image by Tim Gresham
Installation image by Tim Gresham

Installation image by Tim Gresham

Catherine Pilgrim, Dorothy 2014 Graphite drawing 300gsm (detail 30 x 19cm)

Catherine Pilgrim, Dorothy 2014 Graphite drawing 300gsm (detail 30 x 19cm)

Catherine Pilgrim, Relic Without Cultural Context 2016 lithograph (A/P) 38 x 28cm

Catherine Pilgrim, Relic Without Cultural Context 2016 lithograph (A/P) 38 x 28cm

Catherine Pilgrim, (Untitled) Homage to the Leviny Women of Buda 2016 (2nd State) Lithograph with hand colouring (edition of 8) 25 x 42cm

Catherine Pilgrim, (Untitled) Homage to the Leviny Women of Buda 2016 (2nd State) Lithograph with hand colouring (edition of 8) 25 x 42cm

Catherine Pilgrim, Mother 2014 Lithograph with graphite hand colouring (detail) (edition of 10) 38 x 57cm

Catherine Pilgrim, Mother 2014 Lithograph with graphite hand colouring (detail) (edition of 10) 38 x 57cm

Naked Ladies 2016 lithograph (edition of 16) 38 x 28 cm

Installation image by Tim GreshamInstallation image by Tim GreshamInstallation image by Tim GreshamInstallation image by Tim GreshamCatherine Pilgrim, Dorothy 2014 Graphite drawing 300gsm (detail 30 x 19cm)Catherine Pilgrim, Relic Without Cultural Context 2016 lithograph (A/P) 38 x 28cmCatherine Pilgrim, (Untitled) Homage to the Leviny Women of Buda 2016 (2nd State) Lithograph with hand colouring (edition of 8) 25 x 42cmCatherine Pilgrim, Mother 2014 Lithograph with graphite hand colouring (detail) (edition of 10) 38 x 57cm

Buda Historic Home and Garden in Castlemaine, like a good piece of art, rewards our greater attention. The more time you spend the greater the appreciation of the complexities of two generations of the Leviny family who lived there from 1863 to 1981.

This exhibition, Looking for the Leviny Women of Buda responds particularly to narratives around the fascinating women of the family.  Five of the six daughters never married or raised children and therefore had a greater freedom than usual to pursue their creative interests.  These women were curious and intelligent makers.

From the rich archives of Buda (pronounced ‘Bewda’) Catherine Pilgrim has explored stories of creative ambition, intrepid travel, involvement in establishing a regional art gallery, cancelled weddings, fractious relationships and more.  Through drawing and lithography, Catherine Pilgrim has explored these stories and the relative freedom the women apparently enjoyed.

Yet the stories are also incomplete. Works in the exhibition also refer to the inability to accurately read the history through a contemporary lens. Everything is an interpretation and /or incomplete. Works created for this exhibition have never aimed at absolute veracity, but are rather one individual’s moment of understanding from the vantage point of a constantly shifting contemporary world.

‘Looking’ in the title also refers to the observational nature of representational drawing that is at the core of the imagery presented. Drawing is by its very nature an exploratory process, ideal for the slow and contemplative greater attention that Buda deserves.

Installation images by Tim Gresham

Meticulous, considered drawing is the basis for Catherine Pilgrim’s practice including lithographs, drawings and textiles – fastidious attention to detail is the work’s common element, fueled by an intelligent curiosity. Personal narratives influence many of the images.

Catherine has exhibited widely since 1994, when she returned to Australia after studying lithography and drawing in Washington DC, USA. In 2011, Pilgrim completed her Master of Fine Art (Research) at Monash University, Melbourne. Her research was based on the subjective process of capture, which occurs in making a representational image.

Catherine has won a number of awards for her intricate works on paper including the Australian Print Workshop Collie Trust Award and the Works on Paper, Warwick Non-Acquisitive Art Award.

In 2014, Catherine was Artist in Residence at Buda Historic Home and Garden, in Castlemaine, researching the Leviny family history in preparation for a project exhibition at the Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historic Museum in February 2015.

Catherine Pilgrim’s artworks are held in public and private collections including the National Gallery of Australia, Geelong Regional Art Gallery, National Australia Bank and Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum.

© The Artist 2016

Details

Date:
22 November, 2016
Time:
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Venue

fortyfivedownstairs gallery
45 Flinders Lane
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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Phone:
03 9662 9966
Website:
http://www.fortyfivedownstairs.com/
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