A couple of weeks ago I was asked by The Guardian Australia to write a preview on the soon-to-open Margaret Olley Art Centre. The Centre provides a home for the studio of the late Australian artist Margaret Olley (1923 – 2011) – a space that’s incredibly been recreated at Tweed Regional Gallery in Murwillumbah.
I also spoke to Australian artist, Ben Quilty, a friend of the late artist about her life in art. Read the full story in The Guardian.
The photograph below was taken of Margaret Olley’s original home in Paddington by another of her friends, Steven Alderton.
On Tuesday I stumbled into an exhibition in Sydney with the title ‘The Chairs’. Yan Fletcher and Josh Murray (who met via facebook a few years ago) have collaborated to bring their respective talents of design and drawing to this show.
Beginning with a chair discarded by the road or purchased on ebay, Yan takes each chair and interprets it in its most simple form – in charcoal on paper. Josh then goes about the restoration process using materials that keep the original character but add some personality and a dose of quirkiness to each one-off piece. High gloss black paint, grey felt upholstery and pieces of natural leather are over-stitched to make ‘corsets’ for the chairs. It all started with Louis (a Louis XV salon chair) and now Bentley, Henry, Belle, Greaney and Carol have joined the bunch.
See them all on the joshandlouis website or visit them in person at Depot II Gallery at 2 Danks Street, Waterloo before the exhibition closes on 3 March 2012.
Kathryn Brimblecombe-Fox launches her new book ‘For Everyone: Words & Paintings’ at FireWorks Gallery in Brisbane this Thursday 23 February. An exhibition of 30 original paintings from the book will also be on show at the Gallery. ‘Asleep’, one of the images from the book, together with the accompanying prose appears below.
Over the summer break we’ll be previewing some new works at local Galleries. The first of these is Shayle Flesser whose exhibition ‘New Skin’ is on at Tweed River Regional Art Gallery until 29 January 2012. Further details of about the show and visiting the Gallery are available here.
[Image courtesy the artist – Photography by Andrew Thurtell of Thurtell Photography]
‘For this project I have drawn, washed, sanded and scratched a series of drawings which engages both public and private conditions. The combination of imagery within the body of work is intended to explore the complex relationships both between humans and animals, and between different times and cultures. The re-examining of these subjects is to allow them once again to have meaning. I adore my subjects – I want to reveal their truths. I hope this will benefit my (and others’) sense of self.‘ Shayle Flesser
According to one of Tom Polo’s 2011 text based art works shown earlier this year at Grant Pirrie in Sydney ‘Somebody once told me that even one bad painting in an exhibition will stop people remembering an otherwise stellar show‘. Fortunately, there are no bad paintings in this exhibition.
Tom’s work (presented in Brisbane by Diagram Artist Run Initiative) appears in the window space at Ryan Renshaw Gallery this week – opening Friday night 18 November. Shows by Nicholas Folland ‘Domestic Distractions‘ and Laith McGregor ‘Spook’, open at the Gallery the same night.