Calendar: October 2009

30 09 2009

all month:

  • NGV International [link] ‘Persuasion: Fashion in the Age of Jane Austen‘ (primarily textiles); until 8th November; my review story
  • NGV International [link] ‘Building a Collection: Recent acquisitions of prints and drawings‘; until 31 January 2010; my review story

1st October: Hand Held Gallery, Claire O’HalloranKeepsakes‘ (contemporary jewellery); until 31st October [link]; artist profile to be published tomorrow!

1st October (updated 3rd October): Metalab (Sydney), Lauren Simeoni / Melinda Young ‘M1: unnatural, naturally’ and Michelle Taylor ‘Layer upon layer‘ [link; blog] (thanks to Kit and Caboodle too); until 29th October

2nd October: Studio Ingot, exhibition opening of ‘The Ring‘; “over 100 rings by forty artists” [link]

2nd October: iMap ‘Our City / Our Stories‘, interactive mapping experience, part of Fringe 2009; City Library; until 29th October [link]

2nd October: last day for applications to the Liverpool City Art Prize [link]

3rd October: Pieces of Eight, artist talk at 4pm, ‘Nomad‘ by Djurdjica Kesic [link]

4th October: last day for NGV International [link] ‘Salvador Dali: Liquid Desire‘; my review story

4th October: last day for Chloe Vallancea moment in time‘, area contemporary art space [link; previous post]; my review story

5th October: e.g.etal, artist meet-and-greet, Helena Bogucki, 5:30-7:30, RSVP requested [link]

6th October: Gallery Funaki, Carlier Makigawa ‘October 2009‘ [link]; until 31st October

6th October: RMIT Ceramics Auction (thanks to Craft Vic blog for this one!) Building 4, Level 1 Basement, Bowen Street off Latrobe Street, Melbourne; viewing commences at 5pm, and the auction starts at 6.30pm

6th October: silent art auction, fundrAislinn!, at Helen Gory Gallery; 6 – 8:30pm; the website has a great gallery of the donated works; the highest bid at midnight on Monday 5th October will be the reserve price on the 6th, for more details see [link]

9th October: NGV International [link] ‘Chinoiserie: Asia in Europe 1620-1840‘; until 14th March 2010

9th October: Melbourne Festival, ‘Walk this way‘, in particular I’m interested in the map Julia deVille has made; maps available at Melbourne Visitor Centre until 25th Oct [link]

10th October: Craft Vic ‘Hatch’ market [link], City Library, Flinders Lane, 11am – 4pm

10th October: last day for Pieces of Eight, ‘Nomad‘ by Djurdjica Kesic [link]

10th October: last day for ‘SILVER‘, Melbourne Fringe Furniture Festival; “encouraged designers to explore the visual, physical and symbolic properties of this bright metallic“; I just thought the name was intriguing; at Arts House, Meat Market, North Melbourne [link]

11th October: last day for ‘A changing land: Devilbend 2009‘, group exhibition including Vito Bila and Marian Hosking, at Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery [link]

13th October: Pieces of Eight, Justine Austen ‘Monster Zoo‘; until 14th November

16th October: last day for applications for Semester I 2010 exhibition space at RMIT First Site [link]

18th October: last day for The Art Gallery of Western Australia’s exhibition of Mari Funaki’s ‘Works 1992-2009‘ [link]

25th October: last day for Melbourne Museum [link] ‘A Day in Pompeii‘; my review story

26th October: last day for applications for ArtStart, ‘provides financial assistance to artists who have recently graduated in creative arts to help them establish a professional arts practice or gain employment as an artist’ [link]

30th October: Craft Victoria, Karin Findeis, ‘Sampler‘ (jewellery); until 29th November [link]

30th October: last day for application to the ‘Graduate Metal 12‘ exhibition as part of the JMGA Perth conference [link]

30th October: last day for application for inclusion in November and December ‘Hatch’ markets, Craft Vic [link] – however, Clog states the deadline is 15th of October … so best check if you’re interested

… link to exhibitions and events on the September 2009 and October 2009 sneak peek calendar …

… also, I am really keen to find out more about upcoming year-end university art exhibitions, places and dates; so please let me know if you know …





Chloe Valance ‘A Moment at a Time’ @ Area

28 09 2009

After seeing her lovely work at Hatch recently [post], I popped in to see Chloe Valance‘s solo exhibition ‘A Moment at a Time‘ at the Area Contemporary Art Space in Fitzroy recently.

photograph taken with artist permission

photograph taken with artist permission

Exhibition media states: “The tension between human figures and their environmental context is an underlying theme in this project, as is the simplicity of intimacy experienced by a figure, together or alone, a moment at a time.

The drawings are variously done on paper, timber and over the top of cut/recycled materials from other works of Chloe’s. There is a mixture of scale, and I particular like the smaller works where you physically need to get close to decipher the drawing and see the detail.

photograph taken with artist permission

photograph taken with artist permission

I also like another excerpt from the exhibition media: “the ambivalence between solitude and community, the ambiguity of seriousness and play, and the linking of opposite ideas where limits are questioned“.

I’d usually include a link to the gallery website, but the only one I could find hasn’t been updated since 2007 or so, which is not good. So instead, all the necessary details are on the invitation below.

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A Moment at a Time‘ is at Area Contemporary Art Space until 4th October 2009.





Blog roundup

26 09 2009

There has been so much deliciousness that I can’t wait any longer to share:

  • Katherine Wheeler has a few photographs of new work, I love the stilt cup [post]
  • Katherine Bowman’s pledge rings are covetable; even though it’s documented that I’m not usually a fan of green in jewellery, gems are excluded from that rule and the tourmaline is calling to me [post]
  • David Neale’s golden oxen are wonderful [post]
  • for less experienced jewellers, students, or interested collectors and jewellery-lovers, Erika Harris has recently shown a series of photographs of the start of the process of making a bezel setting [post];
  • apparently diamonds aren’t forever, as TheAge [here] tells us that BHP has warned of dwindling kimberlite pipe finds (where the diamonds are)
  • did you see images of the fabulous hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold (650 objects) and silver (530 objects) a metal-detectorist (seriously, that’s their ‘official’ name, let it go) has found in Staffordshire? I first found this on the BBC website on Thursday [here] and it was all over the domestic television news on Friday night; Inari has also posted this link to a NYTimes article [here] and I’m sure there are lots of stories now flaunting about on the net about it; I can’t wait until it’s all cleaned up and all displayed in one place together, what a feast for the senses that would be…

Update: thanks to Inari for the link to the ‘official’ website for the hoard – see the comments.





Gallery hopping in Richmond

26 09 2009

It was a lovely sunny Friday (no, not yesterday) and I was in Richmond to see the exhibition of Jasmine Targett [post]; as I was on Albert Street I did a spot of gallery hopping, for there are so many galleries in this little street.

I popped into Sophie Gannon Gallery, where Julia deVille had her recent exhibition. The work showing was John NicholsonConnection is Solid‘. I liked some of the combinations of coloured strips of perspex. Without disrespect for the artist, it looked like Paul Smith on steroids. [Marcus at ArtBlart has reviewed this story and has some good images, here.]

photograph taken with gallery permission

photograph taken with gallery permission; detail of 'Thrill Seeker'

It was happy art for a sunny day and it made me smile.





My jewellery collection #4

25 09 2009

I’m having fun going through my collection in detail and remembering how each came to me and what was going on in my life at the time.

Another piece I collected through the RMIT jewellery auctions, is the below pin from one of my most favourite jewellers Joung-Mee Do. I’m pretty sure this was in second year, so that makes it 2005. I recall I lost out to Kirsten Haydon for the other piece, a pendant I think, Joung-Mee donated that year!

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It’s a little piece of mild steel (approx 3cm long) which shows three of Joung-Mee’s signatures: etched floral iconography (though it’s difficult to see in this image; it is more clear on the reverse), a beautiful dark-blue ground effected through heat-colouring, and the use of the traditional Korean technique of metal inlay Choum Iybsa. I participated in a workshop with Joung-Mee in early 2006 to learn more about this technique; it’s incredibly labour intensive, but by now we all know that’s something I love!

The metal is ridged with a fine-edged tool (less than 10mm long and a sharp edge), kind of like chiselling but only hammering directly down into the metal. Depending on the intended pattern, this is usually done in columns down the metal and then at right-angles and then diagonally in both directions – so much work, and in my experience about half of the time was spent sharpening the tool. Then small-gauge wire is hammered into the ridged metal.

There are a number of places to read more about Joung-Mee and see some more images: here, here, here, Workshop Bilk, e.g.etal, fotograf, RMIT, Studio 20/17, Buda 2009, among others. I’m glad to own a piece by her, even if it’s a wee little one.

… last post on my jewellery collection #3





Toowoomba Contemporary Wearables 2009

23 09 2009

Congratulations to [link]:

  • first place: Vicki Mason [site]; ‘Tinkering‘ series
  • second place: Nicole Polentas [post]; ‘My black night

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    image used on previous post with artist permission; all rights belong to the artist

images also here

Yay for Melbourne-based jewellers!