3 March - 14 March
Black Gin | Irene Wellm | Janice Gobey | Naomi Bishop | Rachel Hazzard
3 – 14 March 2020
Tuesday – Friday 11am to 5pm,
Saturday 11am to 3pm
A world which, no longer seems fictional or fantastical but perhaps inevitable.
Microcosmographia brings together five artists working with themes of science and nature, the earth bound and geology, cosmology, mythology and universal/cosmos sciences.
The work of these artists examines aspects of the natural world in detail to reveal an arcadian beauty tainted by pollution with a sense of deep foreboding. Apocalyptic skies – desolate landscapes – introduced species – animals that can be friend or foe – objects that are simultaneously weapon and talisman, wish and curse.
These artists are bound together in a world in which humans are absent. A world which, no longer seems fictional or fantastical but perhaps inevitable. Red skies, denuded trees, shards of broken crystal, burial grounds – strange, hybrid deities, apocalyptic skies, the charred remains of primordial forests, and heavy, purplish air that’s too thick to breathe. Nature will always take back control.
We are all on a journey to find the new normal. Jung called it a ‘night sea journey’ in which the light of the consciousness intentionally descends into the dark, watery world of the unconscious, where no road maps suffice. Will we find out way back into the light?
Black Gin (Georgia MacGuire) is a contemporary Indigenous artist based in the Central Goldfields, Victoria. She has been a practicing artist since 2000 and completed a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual Arts) from Deakin University, Melbourne in 2004. Since completing her studies, Macguire relocated to a rural environment in the Central Goldfields. She is drawn to materials that reconnect her to traditional craft practices. Her work has been selected for a number of awards and scholarships and she has recently received the CAL Victorian Indigenous Art Award for three dimensional works and the People’s Choice prize.
Irene Wellm currently lives and works in Melbourne, Australia. In 2001 she completed a Master of Fine Art from the Victorian College of the Arts. During her thirty-year career she has had numerous solo and group exhibitions across Australia, and internationally in the United Kingdom, Korea and Germany. Since 2001 when she won the Emerging Artist award at the Darebin LaTrobe Acquisitive Art Prize, she has been a consistent finalist in a number of art prizes.
Janice Gobey is a Melbourne-based artist. She holds a Masters and a Post Graduate Diploma in Visual Arts from the Victorian College of the Arts, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology from the University of South Africa. Janice was selected as a finalist for the Sunshine Coast Art Prize as well as the Toyota Community Spirit Sculpture Prize. She has completed a number of international artist residencies, and has exhibited her work in Melbourne, Johannesburg, London, Berlin, Leipzig and New York.
Naomi Bishop understands that the eye is always looking for a place to rest but that the spirit is restless. In her paintings, timescales layer, matter and light splitting her objects-ritual, magical, into dimensions beginning here but ending someplace just beyond us. Focused primarily on painting, Naomi has been exhibiting nationally and internationally since graduating with a Master of Fine Art from Chelsea College of Art in London in 2003.
Rachel Hazzard investigates and questions how feminism, the figure/ground, and abstraction and representation, all fit together in a painting practice. Hazzard explores and questions conventions in painting through the use of a personal psychology and painting processes based in intuition. In doing this she contests the idea of painting being particular, rather than idiosyncratic. Hazzard’s paintings are intended to be open-ended, enabling the viewer to find both the familiar and the unexpected. Hazzard is a graduate of the RMIT School of Art.
Virgin, Mistress, Mother: The Feminine Australian Landscape
Talk by Livia Kenney, PhD candidate at La Trobe University
SATURDAY 14 MARCH, 11.30am in the gallery
How did a pliant, virgin land become an untameable, gothic wilderness or abundant but withholding mother? And what impact has that framing of the Australian landscape in white colonial narratives had on the way that we see ourselves today? Virgin, Mistress, Mother considers how the early construction of the Australian landscape as feminine gave men an ‘other’ against which they could build a persistent masculine Australian identity.
FREE EVENT, spaces limited