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Pia Larsen @ Barometer, November 2-13

November 5, 2011 Leave a comment

Sessional Lecturer in Printmaking, Pia Larsen,  has a show opening today, Sat. 5th Nov., @ Barometer in Paddington. Go take a squizz!!!!

‘Sugar & Spice and all Things Nice’- is what little girls are made of. Isn’t it?
The three works in the space address notions of ‘liberation’, aging and self-determination for women today.
‘Girls on Sticks with Spots’ addresses a number of discourses surrounding the sexualised body including Raunch culture which some claim liberates women as sexual beings as they slide up and down poles scantily dressed.
‘Top Hits’ is a freeze-framed game which involves tennis racquets, latex breast casts some filled with tennis balls some empty, as a metaphor for the time and energy women invest in maintaining an ‘ideal’ body.
In the image ‘After Louise’ I carry a polished giant zinc breast shield wearing only floppy ‘playboy bunny’ ears around my neck as a nod to Robert Mapplethorpe’s image of Louise Bourgeois and the playboy bunnies of the 1970’s which I grew up with as symbols of objectified women.
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Peter Burgess @ Peloton, 18 November – 11 December, 2010

November 10, 2010 Leave a comment

NAS Print staff member Peter Burgess, has an upcoming one person exhibition, ‘modern equivalence’, opening 6pm, 18th November @ Peloton in Chippendale.

Burgess has used simulacra of everyday objects to construct narratives which pose more questions than they answer.

Taking an old wooden match box, a parcel tied with string and a plastic bag filled with rubbish he has reproduced them as perfect monochromatic replicas. Either actual size or smaller, all have been conceptually condensed; distilled until they become purely symbolic representations.

What do a matchbox, a parcel and a bag of rubbish have in common?

For Burgess, they are linked by their role in history: the Sydney fires of 1910-20, attributed to the Wobblies; the parcel bombs left in London tube stations in 1973; the rubbish bin which exploded outside Sydney’s Hilton Hotel in 1978. These mundane objects all have the potential to instill terror.

Or not. That’s the thing about potential. Anything could happen.

Detail: “Modern Equivalence #6”, 2008-10, ultrachrome inks on Hahnemhule Photo Rag, 308 gsm

See what Naomi Gall has to say on her blog : http://thenearandtheelsewhere.blogspot.com/2010/12/modern-equivalence.html


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Peter Burgess included in 2010 Fremantle Print Award

September 29, 2010 Leave a comment
Latent Object #6 – Wrapped package, 0.45 scale, tube station bombings, London 1973, attributed to the IRA” , 2008-09, approx. h: 4 cm w:12 cm d:12 cm, sterolithographic print, Si300 (ABS-Like Yellow Resin), edition of 12

NAS Printmaking staff member Peter Burgess has been included in the 2010 Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award.

“Fremantle Arts Centre presents its annual vibrant snapshot of quality contemporary prints and artists’ books. More than 45 emerging and leading Australian artists have been selected, giving audiences an opportunity to enjoy the diversity of this art form. In its 35th year, the Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award supported by Little Creatures Brewing continues to invigorate and challenge the notion of print.”

Read what Stephen Davis from The West Australian has to say : Fourth Estate. Yikes !!!! Scarry out there sometimes.



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PRINT BIG – featuring Wendy Murray (aka mini graff) and John Loane

September 24, 2010 Leave a comment

Sessional Lecturers John Loane and Wendy Murray (aka mini graff) are two of the featured artists in the Megalo Print Studio‘s show : PRINTBIG. The show consists of BIG prints in a BIG space to celebrate 30 years of BIG achievements by Megalo Print Studio and Gallery.

PRINT BIG is open to the public 16th Saturday – 17th Sunday, October, 2010. Artists; John Loane, BEAM, Mini Graff, Angela Gardner, Surya Bajracharya, G.W Bot, Robert Boynes (also, check out Robert’s contribution to the Myriorama Postcards as part of The Big Draw!), Annie Trevillian, Liam Garstang, Mike Parr, Ampersand Duck, Byrd.

Location: Fitters Workshop, Printers Way, Canberra, ACT

Sounds like a mega big show!!!!!

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Penelope Cain : a busy practitioner……..

September 22, 2010 Leave a comment

Penelope Cain, screen grab, "Survival Skills #1", 2008, video

Sessional Lecturer, Penelope Cain has been a very productive individual of late ……… and about to get even busier!!!! Penny has been awarded the prestigious Power Institute Residency at the Cite International des Arts, Paris, in 2011…….. Congrats !!!!!

Penelope has a video work, Survival Skill #1, touring with Experimenta Utopia Now, an International Biennal of Media Art. The show opens at CarriageWorks, Sydney, 27 Sept – 16 Oct  2010. Showcasing 25 works, many interactive, the curatorial roundup covers countries including Australia, China, Austria, Germany, Canada, France, Taiwan and the UK. The show critiques the scope for happiness on earth as we know it, pokes fun at social and physical boundaries and questions the human race’s ability to preserve itself. The work is also included in Experimenta Utopia Now @ the Australian Pavilion, Shanghai World Expo, until 12 Oct 2010.

She is also exhibiting a suite of drawings in Natural Digression, a 7 artist exhibition at Level 17, Victoria University, Melbourne, 12-29th October 2010. The show brings together 7 cross-disciplinary artists whose work connect through a shared curiosity of how visual narratives are created to describe the moment of passing between fact and fiction.

We wish Penny safe travels and a continued productive time on/in her satori to Paris!!!!

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Wendy Murray (aka mini graff) to present @ MATERIALITY Print Synposium

September 19, 2010 Leave a comment

Image: Brent Harris Grotesquerie 3 2002 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Gift of John McBride 2007

Sessional Lecturer Wendy Murray (aka mini graff) will speak @ the upcoming Print Symposium hosted by the National Gallery of Australia.

Materiality : The Seventh Australian Print Symposium

Friday 15 to Saturday 16 October 9.30 am – 4.30 pm Sunday 17 October 9.30 am – 12 noon Materiality explores prints and printmaking through notions of physicality, concreteness, corporality, palpability, reality and experience. The symposium provides a forum to discuss printmaking in the Australasian region, including papers presented by artists, print curators and art historians.

  • Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre
  • Bookings essential
  • $250, $190 members/concessions, $80 students (includes lunch, morning and afternoon tea)
  • Phone bookings moshtix.com.au

download the programme here

Mini Graff stencils and prints images on to a variety of media (walls, boards, vinyl, wallpaper) which strongly relate to the given environment and community, transforming an anonymous repetitive urban landscape into a unique and personal aesthetic experience. Mini Graff’s recent Suburban Roadhouse series explores concepts of trademark and ownership in public and domestic environments.

We wish Wendy well with her presentation…….. Way to go !!!!!

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Helen Mueller is a finalist in “Linocut Today”, 2010, in Germany

September 15, 2010 1 comment

Helen Mueller, "seascript volume 1", stacked lino prints, 12x12x18.5 cms, 2009

NAS Printmaking Lecturer, Helen Mueller, is a finalist in “Linocut Today”, the Graphic Arts Prize of the City of Bietigheim-Bissingen, Germany.  Taking place for the 8th time in 2010, the triennale exhibition is intended to support contemporary artists working in linocut and to encourage others to use the medium. The commitment to this artistic practice is based on the fact that Bietigheim-Bissingen is home to Armstrong DLW AG, a company which has been producing linoleum for more than 100 years!!!!!! Yikes!!!!! Longevity has its place!

Helen has presented, in an unbound book format, a series of lino prints that operate as an object/image whose content and format extend to the sides when stacked. The starting point for the work is a meditative look at the ‘calligraphy’ of the surface of water.

How many ‘sheets’ make up the object/print? You’ll have to ask her to find out! Go ask!

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