Autumn 2015

By: turner galleries

May 14 2015

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We’ve had a slow start to 2015, due to the gallery premises being placed on the market in 2014.  However, we will be remaining at our William Street premises until the end of 2015, and we have an exciting exhibition schedule lined up for you.  Pictured above is the new gallery facade, painted by Trevor Richards as part of Public 2014.

We kicked off 2015 with an exhibition by our first Artist in Residence, Kate Shaw.  Kate is from Melbourne, but also spends a lot of time living and exhibiting in New York.

Bakki, 60cm diameter, acrylic on board 2015

Kate Shaw paints to set up a new way of considering the landscape, and in doing so creates a tension between traditional romantic landscape painting and conceptual or abstract ideas about the landscape. She is concerned with environmental issues, such as global warming, land degradation and pollution. Her use of acidic high-keyed colours creates landscapes that are both sublimely beautiful, and a global warning. Kate acknowledges that she is aiming “for a sinister or unnerving element as I think we are quite afraid of nature. The toxicity of the colours is relating to artificiality, pollution and also the potential for nature to be unnerving and bizarre.” (Kate Shaw, “The Shaw Thing” interviewed by Fleur Mitchell, http://www.theblackmail.com.au 2010).  Her paintings usually start with paint pours, allowing the paint to swirl and find its own path. If a cliff or mountain is mimicked then she encourages these forms. When set, the paint is cut and collaged into reflected landscape forms and a thick layer of resin poured over the top.  The result is deliciously exquisite and unsettling!

Jacqueline Ball 13 90x58cm Jacqueline Ball 14 90x60cm Jacqueline Ball 18 90x64cm

Jacqueline Ball’s exhibition opened to a large crowd on Thursday 16th April.  The exhibition has proved very appealing to collectors, with 10 photographs acquired for major collections including the Art Gallery of WA, Wesfarmers, Kerry Stokes Collection and the Central Institute of Technology.

There has been a noticeable thematic shift in Jacqueline’s photographs over the past two years.  Almost gone are the aloof, sculptural forms sitting in their rarefied landscapes; replaced by far more personal images and forms.  The result is a new series of works that are powerful and confronting, yet they still remain compellingly beautiful. Hints of body parts, figures, strange sculptural forms and room interiors combine to create unsettling images where manipulated scale and surfaces confuse the eye.

In a recent artist statement Jacqueline wrote; “This is the most honest work I’ve ever made. In the past, most things I made (in the form of photographed constructions) were sublimations of a desire for a more viscerally involved relationship with the people and spaces around me. However, I’m now crafting force, desire and more intense realities in my daily life. A part of this shift has been a rethinking of my own history in photos, and of what the camera and its images mean to me, and how they have shaped me.”

Jacqueline’s exhibition closes on Saturday 16 May.  Our next exhibitions open on Friday 22 May, by three mid career figurative artists:  John Cullinane, Indra Geidans and Clare McFarlane.

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