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CORE

CORE: Advertisement featuring Olivia Wilson's, 'Pace' (2015) Imprint Magazine Print Council of Australia Winter edition

CORE: Advertisement featuring Olivia Wilson’s, ‘Pace’ (2015)
Imprint Magazine
Print Council of Australia
Winter edition

Exhibition Opening: Friday 17th July, 2015 at 6pm
Exhibition Uninstalled: Monday 17th August, 2015

Introducing selected Australian printmakers to Waiheke Island

‘CORE’ is an upcoming exhibition featuring fine art prints by established and emerging Australian artists taking place in July 2015 at Waiheke Community Art Gallery (WCAG), Waiheke, New Zealand. WCAG is situated on a 9,324 hectare picturesque Island (36 square miles), via a 45 minute ferry ride from Auckland Metro. WCAG enjoys a high level of patronage as its large visitor numbers reflect its status as a popular and picturesque holiday destination. Take a virtual tour of the gallery by viewing this youtube clip; WCAG is an Incorporated Society and receives support from Auckland Council and other major funders in the Auckland area. https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=BG0YGLENTek

Exhibition CORE development and theme
Invitations to submit printmaking works responding to the theme ‘CORE’ were offered with some artists sourced from within the University of New South Wales Arts and Design (UNSW) faculty, student body and the Cicada Press print collections (https://www.artdesign.unsw.edu.au/research/collaborations-research-groups/cicada-press). However the complete selection of artists was not limited to this and instead diverged into the broader Australian print community. In all cases, artists where chosen for their skill, diversity and apparent visual language specific to their own practices.

The beauty of a print-on-paper exhibition is synonymous with being nice and close to the printed surface, to see how the ink sits upon or is infused with the fibres of the paper, the embossing which occurs with a raised matrix (plate) and of course the artists hand. To allow such an interactive viewing of works submitted for CORE, two dimensional prints were requested unframed so as to limit barriers (emerging curator, K. Kennedy).

CORE can, as a theme, be read in a myriad of ways. This is part of its charm and indeed artistic responses have ranged from childhood references, to child birth, core industry, the natural environment, social commentary through consumer culture and identity, the human condition, racism or cultural identity and history, politics, the landscape and national pride. CORE ideas can be translated in any printmaking discipline as best suits the conceptual and aesthetic approach of the responding artists. Silkscreen, woodblock, drypoint, etching, aquatint, mono print, collograph, lino cut and lithographic processes were undertaken in the production of various works in response to the CORE theme.

Curatorial Rationale

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Olivia Wilson Process photograph 'Pace' (2015)

Olivia Wilson
Process photograph
‘Pace’ (2015)

CORE Artists
Anne Starling
Annika Romeyn
Ben Rak
Jet James
Katherine Kennedy
Kyoko Imazu
Linda Swinfield
Michael Kempson
Olivia Wilson
Raphael Butron
Rew Hanks
Tanya Crothers

CORE Artists: Courtesy of Cicada Press
Chris O’Doherty
Dale Harding
Elisabeth Cummings
Vernan Ah Kee

Image Gallery

(the participating artists hold all copyright ownership of the below images. The online gallery is limited to one work per artist which is not so for the physical exhibition of works on location at Waiheke Community Art Gallery)

Anne Starling 'Modern Ruin' (2015) Drypoint, etching and collograph h. 100 cm x w. 64 cm (edition of 4) 'CORE': Exhibition @ WCAG, New Zealand, 2015

Anne Starling
‘Modern Ruin’ (2015)
Drypoint, etching and collograph
h. 100 cm x w. 64 cm
(edition of 4)
‘CORE’: Exhibition @ WCAG, New Zealand, 2015

Annika Romeyn 'Spiral' (2015) Lithograph h. 56 cm x w. 76 cm (edition of 10) 'CORE': Exhibition @ WCAG, New Zealand, 2015

Annika Romeyn
‘Spiral’ (2015)
Lithograph
h. 56 cm x w. 76 cm
(edition of 10)
‘CORE’: Exhibition @ WCAG, New Zealand, 2015

Ben Rak 'Hula Bobble (B&W) #2: Perceive Conceive Series' (2013) Acrylic silkscreen on paper h. 76 cm x w. 56 cm (edition of 11) 'CORE': Exhibition @ WCAG, New Zealand, 2015

Ben Rak
‘Hula Bobble (B&W) #2: Perceive Conceive Series’ (2013)
Acrylic silkscreen on paper
h. 76 cm x w. 56 cm
(edition of 11)
‘CORE’: Exhibition @ WCAG, New Zealand, 2015

Chris O'Doherty aka Reg Mombassa 'Bones Poles and Wires' (2014) Etching and aquatint image size: h. 50 cm x w. 73 cm (edition of 30) Courtesy of Cicada Press 'CORE': Exhibition @ WCAG, New Zealand, 2015

Chris O’Doherty aka Reg Mombassa
‘Bones Poles and Wires’ (2014)
Etching and aquatint
image size: h. 50 cm x w. 73 cm
(edition of 30)
Courtesy of Cicada Press
‘CORE’: Exhibition @ WCAG, New Zealand, 2015

Dale Harding 'Big Lace' (2014) Photo etching and open bite h. 54 cm x w. 40.5 cm (edition of 15) Courtesy of Cicada Press 'CORE': Exhibition @ WCAH, New Zealand, 2015

Dale Harding
‘Big Lace’ (2014)
Photo etching and open bite
h. 54 cm x w. 40.5 cm
(edition of 15)
Courtesy of Cicada Press
‘CORE’: Exhibition @ WCAH, New Zealand, 2015

Elisabeth Cummings 'Flinders Mound' (2010) Etching and aquatint h. 20.5 cm x w. 25 cm (edition of 25) Courtesy of Cicada Press 'CORE': Exhibition @ WCAG, New Zealand, 2015

Elisabeth Cummings
‘Flinders Mound’ (2010)
Etching and aquatint
h. 20.5 cm x w. 25 cm
(edition of 25)
Courtesy of Cicada Press
‘CORE’: Exhibition @ WCAG, New Zealand, 2015

Jet James 'Inner Light' (2015) Collograph h. 48 cm x w. 35 cm (Edition of 5) 'CORE': Exhibition @ WCAG, New Zealand, 2015

Jet James
‘Inner Light’ (2015)
Collograph
h. 48 cm x w. 35 cm
(Edition of 5)
‘CORE’: Exhibition @ WCAG, New Zealand, 2015

Katherine Kennedy 'CORE' (2015) Collograph, hand made papers, wine, coffee, facial tissues, box board, fabric, string (dimensions variable. Unique state work) 'CORE': Exhibition @ WCAG, New Zealand, 2015

Katherine Kennedy
‘CORE’ (2015)
Collograph, hand made papers, wine, coffee, facial tissues, box board, fabric, string
(dimensions variable. Unique state work)
‘CORE’: Exhibition @ WCAG, New Zealand, 2015

Kyoko Imazu 'Reading with Noah' (2015) Etching and aquatint h. 33.5 cm x w. 23 cm (Edition of 20) 'CORE': Exhibition @ WCAG, New Zealand, 2015

Kyoko Imazu
‘Reading with Noah’ (2015)
Etching and aquatint
h. 33.5 cm x w. 23 cm
(Edition of 20)
‘CORE’: Exhibition @ WCAG, New Zealand, 2015

Linda Swinfield 'Belly Series Large' (2012) Etching, woodblock and etched lino on various paper adhered to laser cut forms. (dimensions variable. Unique state works) h. 30cm x w. 30 cm x d. 2.5 cm  'CORE': Exhibition @ WCAG, New Zealand, 2015 (1-6 unique state works)

Linda Swinfield
‘Belly Series Large’ (2012)
Etching, woodblock and etched lino on various paper adhered to laser cut forms.
(dimensions variable. Unique state works)
h. 30cm x w. 30 cm x d. 2.5 cm
‘CORE’: Exhibition @ WCAG, New Zealand, 2015
(1-6 unique state works)

Michael Kempson 'The Side Show' (2014) Etching and aquatint h. 33.5 cm x w. 45 cm (Edition of 20) 'CORE': Exhibition @ WCAG, New Zealand, 2015

Michael Kempson
‘The Side Show’ (2014)
Etching and aquatint
h. 33.5 cm x w. 45 cm
(Edition of 20)
‘CORE’: Exhibition @ WCAG, New Zealand, 2015

Olivia Wilson 'Pace' (2015-detail) Etching and aquatint h. 48 cm x w. 98 cm (Edition of 5) 'CORE': Exhibition @ WCAG, New Zealand, 2015

Olivia Wilson
‘Pace’ (2015-detail)
Etching and aquatint
h. 48 cm x w. 98 cm
(Edition of 5)
‘CORE’: Exhibition @ WCAG, New Zealand, 2015

Rafael Butron 'Our Lady of Hope' (2015) Etching h. 29 cm x w. 24 cm (Edition of 5) 'CORE': Exhibition @ WCAG, New Zealand, 2015

Rafael Butron
‘Our Lady of Hope’ (2015)
Etching
h. 29 cm x w. 24 cm
(Edition of 5)
‘CORE’: Exhibition @ WCAG, New Zealand, 2015

Rew Hanks 'Rabbit Pie' (2013) Lino cut h. 42 cm x w. 64 cm (Edition of 30) 'CORE': Exhibition @ WCAG, New Zealand, 2015

Rew Hanks
‘Rabbit Pie’ (2013)
Lino cut
h. 42 cm x w. 64 cm
(Edition of 30)
‘CORE’: Exhibition @ WCAG, New Zealand, 2015

Tanya Crothers 'The Drying Heart' (2015) Hand coloured collograph h. 50.5 cm x w. 75.5 cm (Edition of 5) 'CORE': Exhibition @ WCAG, New Zealand, 2015

Tanya Crothers
‘The Drying Heart’ (2015)
Hand coloured collograph
h. 50.5 cm x w. 75.5 cm
(Edition of 5)
‘CORE’: Exhibition @ WCAG, New Zealand, 2015

Vernon Ah Kee 'Intervention Intervention' (2012) Etching and aquatint h. 24.5 cm x w. 32.5 cm (Edition of 20) Courtesy of Cicada Press 'CORE': Exhibition @ WCAG, New Zealand, 2015

Vernon Ah Kee
‘Intervention Intervention’ (2012)
Etching and aquatint
h. 24.5 cm x w. 32.5 cm
(Edition of 20)
Courtesy of Cicada Press
‘CORE’: Exhibition @ WCAG, New Zealand, 2015

This project has benefited from an Arts & Design Grant courtesy of Arc @ UNSW Limited

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Belly series travels to New Zealand

Belly series travels to New Zealand

Watch this space!

Next week: A new post will appear explaining the premise of CORE, an upcoming exhibition at Waiheke Community Art Gallery, Auckland New Zealand

Linda Swinfield - Contemporary Artist

My Belly series (large) 1-6 created in 2012 has been selected forCORE an exhibition curated by Katherine Kennedy.

The exhibition will feature fine art prints by established and emerging Australian artists in July 2015 at Waiheke Community Art Gallery (WCAG), Waiheke, New Zealand.

WCAG is situated on a 9,324 hectare picturesque Island (36 square miles), via a 45 minute ferry ride from Auckland Metro. WCAG enjoys a high level of patronage as its large visitor numbers reflect its status as a popular and picturesque holiday destination.

Opening July 17th at Waiheke Community Art Gallery. See the short statement about the work below.

Belly 2012 satellite crop Belly series (large): Satellite 2012 Mixed media print on various papers attached to laser cut forms with book binding glue

Linda Swinfield’s Belly series (large) 2012  refers to her pregnancy period and the gestation of her child within her and the swelling of her belly in the lead up to…

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Posted by on June 19, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Fantasy Asia: International Exchange Exhibition

Tuesday June 23 : 6pm – 8pm

AD Space UNSW Art and Design

Fantasy Asia Project Silk Screen print Katherine Kennedy

Fantasy Asia Project
Silk Screen print
Katherine Kennedy

The below project rationale was written by Rebecca O’shea

The Fantasy Asia portfolio is an international exchange project between the University of New South Wales Australia Art & Design (UNSW Art & Design) and Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, Pakistan (IVS), which features the work of both students and staff from each school.

The impetus for the project was developed by a mutual interest in both institutions furthering international cultural connections. This offered an inspiring opportunity for an aesthetic dialogue, expressed through a range of printmaking disciplines reflecting a spectrum of approaches, where the hand of the artist is applied with equal value for traditional techniques, as well as those of newer technologies.

This project practically and symbolically brings Pakistan and Australia closer, using our artistic and cultural connections to strengthen and expand bonds of respect and friendship. The artists of the Fantasy Asia portfolio, collectively, have assembled a dynamic body of work, communicating an exchange in vision, ideas and concepts. In the late Associate Professor, Ussman Ghauri’s words, there is ‘an immense, hands-on pleasure in Printmaking, in exploring and sharing the mediums myriad possibilities.’ (2012, Foreword, Box Print Portfolio)

Artists:

Shahana Afaq
Ezbah Ali
Noreen Barkat Ali
Taha Istahsan Ali
Maryam Arslan
Angela Butler
Daniel Chant
McKenzie Gledhill
Saba Iqbal
Rabeya Jalil
Michael Kempson
Katherine Kennedy
Nurayah Sheikh Nabi
Fatima Nadeem
Jack Nibbs
Jason Phu
Ben Rak
Maliha Saleem
Keenan Thornton
Olivia Wilson

 
 

Renee Mitchell: An Itch to Scratch

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Local Kurrajong based artist, Renee Mitchell is due to present her first solo art exhibition at Sassafras Creek Food and Design in Kurrajong Village, NSW.

Interestingly, Renee put aside her natural talent for visual arts and began a long career in media straight out of high school as a junior in media sales at Rural Press/The Land (now Fairfax Media), North Richmond. 16 years on and Renee has returned to follow her passion in the arts which she has ceaselessly pursued ever since.
Renee’s initial success with her At Play Series was wildly popular instantly and she began to see the possibilities in art as a career. This alongside Renee’s Instagram and social media following lead to a recent article to be published in the online arts and lifestyle publication ‘Moustache Magazine’ with an interview based on her new mixed media Scratch Series. The author of this article, Johnny Harkin, claimed Renee is ‘Scratching her way to success’
Renee’s new portfolio is significantly freer in style for which Renee explains;
My Scratch Series was really a rebellion against the tight and controlled mark making of my earlier At Play silhouette series which required every leaf and every blade of grass to be informed
In An Itch to Scratch viewers can expect to see a collection of creatures large and small however Renee’s play on scale yields unlikely results. In this show you will see an enlarged bumble bee in proximity to a reduced hippopotamus. My personal favorites are her playful snail pieces which through their alternative shell-homes, again draw attention to their small scale. Renee’s mixed media drawings present a range of animals and insects, framed beautifully and installation ready for your home or place of business.

Here is a great article for Renee’s show;

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Posted by on June 10, 2015 in COMMUNITY

 

Perspectives – Art, Liver Diseases and Me (2015)

Perspectives Art Gallery


Perspectives Art

Art, Liver Diseases and Me

Perspective is an artistic project designed to add a different dimension to the understanding of liver diseases, including Hepatitis C. Each artistic expression carries a message of hope and a passionate desire to help us better understand the impact of these diseases on patients and society. All inspired by patients’ Perspectives. (http://www.perspectives.gallery/index.php)

Twenty Five countries participated in the project including three Australian artists. Please follow the above link for the complete gallery of works.

Inspired by Lucia (2015) Katherine Kennedy Collograph, gold leaf

Inspired by Lucia (2015)
Katherine Kennedy
Collograph, gold leaf

Inspired by Lucia: Artist Book (2015) Katherine Kennedy

Inspired by Lucia: Artist Book (2015)
Katherine Kennedy

 
 

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Proposal: Tissue box book form (title TBA)

My recurring concepts and themes explore; Interior and exterior, public and private, fragility and strength, balance and structure, emotion, inhibitions, comforts, failure acceptance and grace, feminine ideals (socially constructed) and expectations of domesticity and relationship maintenance either familial, friendship, of a sexual nature or repression thereof.

The motifs of facial tissues, wine, coasters, coffee & wallpapers provide context to the reading of my work with conceptual meaning inferred via the use of these items as apparatus. For example a tissue box opening may symbolise sex or represent absence, the use of wine and tissues might read as an emotional drunk or self-soothing-drinker. Coffee, also  a clutch, vice or indulgence which I along with many adults consume and which at ‘low to moderate doses (50–300 mg)’ result in ‘increased alertness, energy and ability to concentrate. Higher doses of caffeine rather induce negative effects such as anxiety, restlessness, insomnia and tachychardia’ and is significant as an example of self-medicating via socially acceptable means (Astrid Nehlig 1997).

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Some broader issues pertaining to my work include Australia’s alcohol dependency as national identity or even pride. Self-prescriptive drinking is a nationwide problem with 3,400 dying per year directly from alcohol related cases, 2nd only to tobacco. Australian’s seek alcohol for celebration, relaxation, to loosen inhibitions, deal with trauma or any reason at all. Domestic violence is a huge issue and alcohol related crimes in general cost 15.3 billion dollars between 2004 and 2005 alone. 50 million dollars per year is spent by NSW police force responding to alcohol related crime such as assaults, road accidents, property damage or excessive noise however the ingoing emotional burden is harder to measure.
Sociological expectations of women are still ingrained in today’s society with women in the arts certainly no exception. When some minor industry success is shared publically, the elder men in the room promptly saunter over to ask after the state of the home. These issues highlight the following problems with how best to communicate my overall concept without limiting the work to two dimensions (the traditional print-in-frame-on-wall format). They don’t play fair so why should I? Firstly, what kind of objects or installations will best describe visually my overall conceptual paradigms (listed above) and self-prescribed healing rituals? Secondly, how can consumables such as coffee and alcohol, be incorporated into artworks in innovative ways alongside facial tissues? And finally, what’s next? How do I drive my themes forward and into fourth year university? A former Arts & Social Sciences class introducing music psychology, Music on my Mind, provided a clue which among other things, approached the notion of music & emotion with the question; can music express &/or evoke emotions? It also looked at the relationship between music and sex. Semester 2, 2015 will provide more research fodder with another social science subject ‘Arts culture and emotion’. This subject will explore the cultural dimensions of emotion in everyday life and will consider how emotions are deployed in current social and political debates.
Anish Kapoor’s suite of prints, ‘Blackness from her womb’, explores similar themes to my own work where it references the void and inside/outside interplay and his colour pallet is surprisingly similar also. ‘Here, the void is literally associated with the womb, whose function is to harbour life. The yellows and reds are transformed more obviously into abstracted female sexual iconography’ (AGNSW 2006). Furthermore, he pushes an ‘unresolved play and metamorphosis between interior and exterior spaces and darkness and light’ (AGNSW 2006). Technically, Kapoor’s prints are achieved with aquatints and his colours with Japanese rice papers, whereas I am primarily working with Collographs, all a Poupee inking, wine, facial tissues and coffee. Felix Gonzalez-Torres is another artist with whom I am particularly aligned as can be seen in the stacking of paper-like forms and the thesis notion of absence. His ‘democratic artworks’ such as his paper stacks and billboards evidence a multiple disciplinary practice and prints (primarily commercial) requiring the participation of the viewer to exist (or cease to exist as the viewer can take a stacked print away with them).
The forthcoming work will focus only on the production of an artist book, the pages for which are varied and time consuming. The first deadline Friday 22nd May 2015 is devoted to the wallpaper motif book page inserts and page shape cut outs. The second deadline 29th May is set aside for the use of 6-pack beer packaging and carton wedge dividers to print (the back sides of the wallpaper book page substrates). 5th June production of the fragility element of the work with hand-made facial tissue papers. The last printed element is saved for printing coffee as technically, the paper cannot be re-submerged in water after this point or it fades the coffee.

Bibliography
Astrid Nehlig (1997), Neuroscience and Biobehavioural Reviews 23 (1999) 563: Are we
dependent upon coffee and caffeine? A review on human and animal data, Permagon: INSERM U 398, Facultede Medecine, 11 rue Humann, 67085 Strasbourg, France, June 1998.
AGNSW (2006), Collection: Annish Kapoor, date retrieved 8 May 2015,
http://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/collection/works/103.2002.a-m/
TATE (2009), Arts & Artists: Anish Kapoor, Summary, date accessed 8 May 2015,
http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/kapoor-no-title-p78616/text-summary
UNSW Handbook.

 
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Posted by on June 8, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Hawkesbury Regional Gallery: Art Fair 2015

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Hawkesbury Printmaker's Incorporated: Art Fair 2015. Featuring Prints and books by Katherine Kennedy and prints on canvas by Rob Sledge

Hawkesbury Printmaker’s Incorporated: Art Fair 2015. Featuring Prints and books by Katherine Kennedy and prints on canvas by Rob Sledge

Exhibition Dates:

Opens – (Friday) 29th May 2015

Ends – (Sunday) 14 June 2015

http://www.sydney.com/events/hawkesbury-art-fair

‘The Hawkesbury Art Fair showcases the diversity of creative people in the beautiful Hawkesbury region, featuring traditional and contemporary artists, designers, crafters, and jewellers living and working in the Hawkesbury. There will also be demonstrations by local and invited practitioners, small business building workshops for the creative industry, and a launch party’ (Sydney.com).

‘Organisations having stands and work for sale at the fair include Hawkesbury Camera Club, Macquarie Towns Art Society, Hawkesbury Community Artists, The Ferry Artists, Hawkesbury Printmakers, Purple Noon Gallery, Hawkesbury Artists and Artisans Trail, and Piggery Lane Studios and Gallery. Some of the Hawkesbury’s best known artists will also have work for sale. For more information: www.hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au‘ (Sydney.com)

Works Featured in the 2015 Art Fair by Katherine Kennedy;

Coaster Concertina: Book Form (2015), Katherine Kennedy, Collographic print on paper and bronze

Coaster Concertina: Book Form (2015), Katherine Kennedy, Collographic print on paper and bronze

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Complicate Domesticate (2014), Katherine Kennedy, Collographic print on paper, coffee

Complicate Domesticate (2014), Katherine Kennedy, Collographic print on paper, coffee

Coffee Series: Large (2015), Katherine Kennedy, Collographic print on paper, coffee

Coffee Series: Large (2015), Katherine Kennedy, Collographic print on paper, coffee

Hard Cover Concertina Book Form (2014), Katherine Kennedy, facial tissues, wine, hand  made paper, box board, book fabric, found plastic

Hard Cover Concertina Book Form (2014), Katherine Kennedy, facial tissues, wine, hand made paper, box board, book fabric, found plastic

 
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Posted by on June 3, 2015 in EXHIBITIONS

 

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