Jul
27
to Sep 9

CATHERINE TRUMAN: NO SURFACE HOLDS. JAMFACTORY ICON 2017

They say beauty is in the of the beholder. Perhaps it is in a vast landscape, or a personal experience. In Catherine Truman’s case, it’s often what she sees through the microscope.

Proving herself to be one of South Australia’s leading contemporary Artists and Jewellers, Catherine Truman is the 2017 JamFactory Icon. This exhibition is the first time that Truman’s collaborative practice with artists and scientists has been presented as a whole.

Truman presents an intriguing and diverse solo show of objects, installation, images and film including several brand new works spanning the 20 years of her research at the nexus of art and science. 

With a 35-year practice that covers film to public artworks to intricate carvings, ‘Jeweller’ as Truman is sometimes referred to, hardly embraces the true expanse of her practice. Rather, she is an accomplished artist, with a love of research flowing in the undercurrent to all of her practice, a practice that is of and about the body as much as it is intended for it.

Truman is co-founder and current partner of Gray Street Workshop - an internationally renowned artist run workshop established in 1985 in Adelaide, South Australia. She has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally and is represented in a number of major national and international collections including Coda-museum, Netherlands, Museum of Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China, and the National Gallery of Australia, to name a few.

In South Australia, we are lucky enough have her work on permanent display. You might have seen it in those cascading bronze leaves on the facade of the David Jones
building, the playful cast fish jumping into the ground and adorning the gates of the Art Gallery of South Australia, or perhaps walking straight by you – in a textural and abstractly formed brooch adorning the clothing of a friend or passer-by.

Last year her carvings and jewellery were the subject of a major survey exhibition shown at Art Gallery of South Australia. Truman’s sculptural objects and jewellery, made primarily from carved English lime wood, are a reflection of her ongoing interest in the ways which knowledge of human anatomy has been acquired and translated through artistic process and scientific method.

Immersing herself and her artwork increasingly in scientific fields, Truman describes her studio morphing into a laboratory of sorts. Working amongst scientists and researchers, and as an avid researcher herself, she says that she has come to realise the processes of science and art are not so dissimilar.

“As an artist I have learnt that making things with my hands leaves me with much less of a sense of dislocation from the world I live in - and this I feel, is an interesting premise from which to examine the world of science.”

Currently a visiting scholar at the Flinders Centre for Ophthalmology, Eye and Vision Research, School of Medicine, Flinders University, she is undertaking a project titled “The nexus between vision, the eye and perception”. Having researched historical and contemporary anatomical collections world-wide and participated in a number of art/science- based projects, Truman explains that “We [artists and scientists] both create images of the things we see and the more we see, the more we understand we don’t know.”

“…a holistic maker - acutely aware of her process, while continually evolving her inquiry. Truman’s curiosity takes her and her makings into the sensate and anatomically unfamiliar – probing thresholds of human being” writes Melinda Rackham, author of the 2016 SALA monograph Catherine Truman: Touching Distance.

Catherine Truman No surface holds - JamFactory Icon 2017 is a JamFactory touring exhibition. 
 

Catherine Truman No surface holds - JamFactory Icon 2017 has been assisted by the South Australian Government through Arts South Australia and the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, Contemporary Touring Initiative.

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Jul
27
to Sep 9

ISLAND TO INLAND: CONTEMPORARY ART FROM KANGAROO ISLAND

 Deborah Sleeman,  Flotilla,  mixed media, dimensions variable

Deborah Sleeman, Flotilla, mixed media, dimensions variable

Islands are by nature isolating, and that isolation coupled with majestic natural surroundings can be inspiration galore to the creative soul.

Thus the symmetry of Kangaroo Island: 4500 square kilometres, half of it natural ecosystems and, 4500 residents, half seemingly artists in some form.

Ten of the island’s visual artists are bringing ‘mainlanders’ a glimpse of the isolation and inspiration of island life in Island to Inland: contemporary art from Kangaroo Island, which will open at Flinders University City Gallery during SALA Festival 2017 and then be toured by Country Arts SA.

The artists are creating new works on the theme of ‘isolation and inspiration’ for the exhibition.

Artists: Ria Byass, Quentin Chester, Audrey Harnett, Scott Hartshorne, Indiana James, Janine Mackintosh, Deborah Sleeman, Caroline Taylor, Maggie Welz, Kenita Williamson

Curated by Eleanor Scicchitano, Visual Arts Coordinator, Country Arts South Australia and Celia Dottore, Exhibitions Manager, Flinders University Art Museum and City Gallery University.

A Country Arts SA Visual Arts Touring exhibition.

 

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Sep
15
to Oct 21

Magic Zine: YOU ARE ART

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Magic Zine: YOU ARE ART is an exhibition exploring zines, DIY culture and self expression by artist Lucy Thomas, curated by Adele Sliuzas to be held at Murray Bridge Regional Gallery.


Showcasing the Magic Zine catalogue, the exhibition will launch a new issue of the Zine, titled Flower Feelings, exploring the Victorian tradition of floriography. The exhibition will feature a ‘Zine swap’ space, a series of community workshops, and artists in residence in the gallery. A Film, Fair, Forum event will present zinesters in a Q & A panel, as well as an Zine Fair opportunity for local zinemakers to present and swap their publications. The exhibition will run co-currently with Self-Made: Zines and Artist Books, curated by Monica Syrette.

This residency and exhibition is an exploration of DIY culture and self expression through the medium of the zine. Artist Lucy Thomas and curator/writer Adele Sliuzas will create an immersive and participatory space, which both showcases Lucy’s zine Magic Zine and investigates the zine making process for a diverse audience. Special emphasis is placed on creating an inclusive and accessible gallery experience that encourages audiences to investigate zine culture, express themselves through DIY creation as well as providing  pace to swap zines.


I like zines because they are self made and self confessed. Long live physical media - add to your collection.’ Lucy Thomas.

This exhibition is part of a residency supported by Country Arts SA

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Sep
15
to Oct 21

SELF-MADE: ZINES AND ARTIST BOOKS

 Jessirose Streker,  Portraits I Painted of Inspirational Figures from around the World ,   Melbourne, Part/Time Press, 2015, State Library Victoria

Jessirose Streker, Portraits I Painted of Inspirational Figures from around the World, Melbourne, Part/Time Press, 2015, State Library Victoria

Delve into do-it-yourself culture: from limited run artist books to cut-and-paste photocopy fanzines, explore the evolution and diversity of these radical publishing alternatives.

 Jonathan Tse,  Portrait of an Australian ,   Brisbane, self-published, 1998, Rare Books Collection, State Library Victoria

Jonathan Tse, Portrait of an Australian, Brisbane, self-published, 1998, Rare Books Collection, State Library Victoria

Celebrate the power of self-publishing to communicate directly with readers, create community, and support counter-culture movements. Self-publishing empowers makers of all abilities and backgrounds to become creative producers, challenge dominant models, and make work that anyone can appreciate and collect.

 Robert Hogan,  One Job, that was the Deal , Sydney, self-published, 2016, State Library Victoria

Robert Hogan, One Job, that was the Deal, Sydney, self-published, 2016, State Library Victoria

State Library Victoria has one of the finest collections of artist books and zines in Australia and Self-made showcases original rare objects from the collection, as well as a selection of contemporary zines and artist books. Discover science fiction fanzines from the 1940s, ground-breaking 1970s punk zines, Australian underground press publications and artist books designed to circumvent commercial gallery systems.

 Bruce Milne and Andrew Maine, editors , Fast Forward , no. 11, Melbourne, self-published, May 1982, Rare Books Collection, State Library Victoria

Bruce Milne and Andrew Maine, editors, Fast Forward, no. 11, Melbourne, self-published, May 1982, Rare Books Collection, State Library Victoria

Self-made: zines and artist books is presented by State Library Victoria in partnership with Sticky Institute, and supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria and the Visions regional touring program, an Australian Government program aiming to improve access to cultural material for all Australians.

This exhibition will tour to seven national venues throughout 2018 and 2019. See slv.vic.gov.au/self-made for details. 

 

 Kenny Pittock and Oslo Davis with  Libraryland! , photograph by Sarah McConnell, courtesy of Kenny Pittock

Kenny Pittock and Oslo Davis with Libraryland!, photograph by Sarah McConnell, courtesy of Kenny Pittock

 Garry Trinh,  Onlookers , Sydney, self-published, 2014, Rare Books Collection, State Library Victoria

Garry Trinh, Onlookers, Sydney, self-published, 2014, Rare Books Collection, State Library Victoria

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Oct
26
to Dec 2

ENSEMBLE - MARK KIMBER AND DEBORAH PAAUWE

 Mark Kimber,  Nocturnes #3,  2017, pigment print, 70 x 50cm

Mark Kimber, Nocturnes #3, 2017, pigment print, 70 x 50cm

Mark Kimber and Deborah Paauwe are two established photo based artists that have exhibited extensively throughout Australia and internationally. Both artists will exhibit a selection of their works that include night landscapes and themes of childhood recollection.

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Oct
26
to Dec 2

ROTARY YOUTH ART PRIZE

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Young people 12-25 years of age are invited to enter the annual Rotary Youth Art Prize.

Entries from all areas of the arts will be accepted into age categories.

Delivery dates: 16-19 October
To Murray Bridge Regional Gallery

Art Prize Categories
Overall winner: $1,000
12-15 years of age: $300
16-18 years of age: $300
19-25 years of age: $300
Peoples' choice: $300

For more information call Paul Ankerson: 8539 1157
or download entry form here

Deliver the entry form along with the artwork to the Murray Bridge Regional Gallery between 10am - 4pm Tuesday 16 - Friday 19 October.

Exhibition dates: 26 October - 2 December 2018
Opening celebration: Friday 26 October

The Rotary Youth Art Prize is proudly presented by the combined Rotary Clubs of Mobilong and Murray Bridge, the Rural City of Murray Bridge and The Davery Establishment. 

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