‘Contemporary Australian Drawings 1’ @ RMIT Gallery

21 04 2010

Another exhibition held as part of the Drawing Out festival is ‘Contemporary Australian Drawings 1‘ at RMIT Gallery (alongside the Constellation‘ exhibition I’ve already written about). This collection pushes the traditional expectations of what can be defined as ‘drawing’ – with neon and video works included.

photograph taken with gallery permission

I saw this exhibition after being stunned by the ‘Constellation’ exhibition, so perhaps I had a kind of visual overload by this point as I didn’t connect with many of the pieces here. However, the one below by Godwin Bradbeer hit me in the chest – it’s incredible! The lighting is extraordinary and gives it full justice (sorry the below image is a bit out of focus, the lighting was very low).

Godwin Bradbeer, Imago XIX (I hope I have the number right); photograph taken with gallery permission

It’s worth going along to this exhibition solely for the above piece – but I am sure many will find beauty here, and may I recommend seeing this before you go into ‘Constellation‘!

This exhibition has also been written about here, and I recognise the artist as one who had work in the Ballarat Art Gallery mid-last year (all I remember is that it was freezing when I went to visit!).

Contemporary Australian Drawings 1‘ is at RMIT Gallery until 26th June 2010.





Jewellery auctions

19 04 2010

There’s a jewellery auction today in Melbourne at Leonard Joel, with some beautiful (out-of-my-league) Art Deco jewellery. The catalogue is here, but a few I particularly like or found interesting are:

  • the wire and bead work in a pair of turquoise ‘cannetille’ (a popular wire-work technique in the Georgian era) earring must have been time-consuming; they’re not my kind of aesthetic, but I like the effort involved [link]
  • gloriously over-the-top floral-liness of a tourmaline and seed pearl ring [link]
  • Art Nouveau earrings (I know they’re figurative, but the styling is still attractive!) [link]
  • Art Nouveau plique-a-jour pendant [link]
  • Art Deco brooches, I love these plaque pieces [link, link]
  • a phenomenal Suffragette necklace [link]
  • if you like emeralds, there are a few knuckle-duster ones here including this six-carat one [link]
  • another incredible Art Deco brooch [link]

Another upcoming auction is Sotheby’s in April [full catalogue here] – where the price range and ostentatiousness (is that a word!) is naturally amplified! The ugliest piece is a toss-up between a two sapphire and diamond cluster rings [link and link] or the key-note ring that has an estimate up to $1m [link] … actually, there are too many contenders to list! I’m interested in the market for these kind of jewellery, and will be interested to see the prices fetched.

Update (21st April): The results from the Leonard Joel auction are here, but with respect to the ones I highlighted above there were a few surprises:

  • tourmaline ‘floraliness’ ring went for hammer price of $850, well in excess of the estimate of $200-300
  • Art Nouveau figurative earrings went for hammer price of $3400, well above estimate of $1000-1500
  • the first Art Deco brooch was a little over estimate, but the second and third ones didn’t sell
  • the Suffragette necklace sold for hammer price of $4500 (compared to estimate of $3000-3500)
  • a couple of other pieces sold for well over the estimate: including an Edwardian necklace, an Edwardian brooch, (perhaps there was a very keen Edwardian collector there on the night?), an aquamarine ring, and there seems to have also been a Georg Jensen collector there too




‘One Cup’ @ Hand Held Gallery

17 04 2010

When I popped in to Hand Held Gallery to collect to super-gorgeous ‘Stilt Cup‘ I bought from Katherine Wheeler’s exhibition recently, I took the opportunity to check out the latest exhibition ‘One Cup‘.

photograph taken with gallery permission

All pieces refer to teaspoons, as the concept is that it takes 48 teaspoons to fill one cup – kind of cute idea!

Katherine Wheeler has two pieces here, which she shows beautiful images of on her blog. And Melissa Cameron has collaborated with Chloe Vallance on a piece, and also has two of her own here; she has images of all pieces on her blog too. And Victoria Mason shows her piece on her blog too (I like so many makers blogging). And finally, Hand Held has some images of opening night and some very detailed images of each of the pieces on their blog.

One Cup‘ is at Hand Held Gallery until the end of April 2010.





‘Constellations: A Large number of Small drawings’ @ RMIT Gallery

16 04 2010

Curator Vanessa Gerrans has brought together a “large number of small drawings“, as the exhibition title indicates, at the RMIT Gallery – and I’m very happy she did! This is a great exhibition.

photograph taken with gallery permission

I’ve mentioned before that drawing is one my favourite two-dimensional art media, and this collective of works is interesting in its diversity and enjoyable in it quality (it must have taken a long time to sift and gather). I also like the title – Constellation is a pretty good description of the dizzying wealth of images peppering the walls of the gallery.

photograph taken with gallery permission

One of rooms focusses on architectural sketching and communication … it was fascinating and putting these ‘working’ drawings into a gallery spaces changes how they are seen and read.

Exhibition text states: “A major component of the RMIT University and University of Arts London conference Drawing Out, Constellations explores the role of drawing in a wide range of professions. Constellations brings together a large number of small Australian drawings from disciplines such as Music; Architecture; Art; Cartography; Design; Fashion and Textiles; Film; Photography and Science. This diverse selection of work by familiar and unfamiliar contemporary artists is linked by both intense curiosity and focused research.

Constellations: A Large number of Small drawings‘ is at RMIT Gallery until 26th June 2010 as part of the Drawing Festival “Drawing Out” – read more here about the original conference associated with the festival. I haven’t had much luck in finding a succinct listing of all of the thirty-something satellite drawing-focussed exhibitions – so I would love some help if anyone else can point me in the right direction!