Calendar: October 2009

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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.


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!


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


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

images also here

Yay for Melbourne-based jewellers!

‘Proud’ @ VCA Margaret Laurence Gallery

23 09 2009

This exhibition was only on for three days (11-13th September 2009) at the Margaret Laurence Gallery in the Victoria College of Arts (VCA), so I’m pretty impressed that I could organise myself enough to visit it.

Proud‘ was advertised in the Art Almanac as ‘art students exhibition and prizes‘; sadly though, an internet search shows no other references, so I have no links and don’t know who won what prizes.

installation view; photograph taken with permission

installation view; photograph taken with permission

The more of these group shows I visit, the more obvious it seems to me that I am gravitating towards photography and drawing, at least when there is no jewellery to distract me. There was a lot of work here, but I found I didn’t respond or connect to many of the pieces – though there was a great large-scale pen/ink drawing [sadly I didn’t take note of the artist; centre in the below photograph.

However I did find a piece I like very much, a photograph by Sarah Mote, which I’ll hopefully be bringing home shortly [you can see some of her work on the VCA Photo blog].

installation view; photograph taken with permission

installation view; photograph taken with permission

This visit also brought into perspective the campaign to Save the VCA. I have been hearing about this in the press, but life has been so busy the last few months that I must admit I don’t know enough of the detail of the fight, but am now inspired to do some more reading about it…