‘The Chairs’: Try sitting on Louis, Carol or Henry…

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.

[Image courtesy Josh Murray at joshandlouis.com].

‘Works from the Verghis Collection’ plus Oksana Waterfall’s first solo exhibition.

Lismore Regional Gallery is the first Gallery of eight in NSW to host a touring exhibition from Bathurst Regional Art Gallery (BRAG) entitled ‘Light Sensitive Material: Works from the Verghis Collection’. Curated by Richard Perram, Director at BRAG, it’s an exhibition that includes numerous well-known contemporary artists Shoufay Derz, Hayden Fowler, Shaun Gladwell, Newell Harry, Petrina Hicks, Jonathan Jones, David Knight, Rosemary Laing, Vanila Netto, Michael Riley, Julie Rrap and Hossein Valamanesh to name only some… All works are on extended loan to BRAG from London-based Australian collector Rachel Verghis.

Oksana Waterfall is a visual artist based on the North Coast of NSW. She is currently studying for her postgraduate Advanced Diploma in Fine Arts. ‘Personal Geometry‘ is her first solo show.

The exhibition “is a glimpse at the people the artist comes across in her everyday life. Finely crafted and of an intimate scale, the drawings are from a timeline of everyone she talked to in a random two week period. They represent clusters of similarity and commonality (the teenagers and friends, their fathers, the mothers) but also those particular idiosyncrasies which make us individuals”.

Read the full review of both exhibitions at The Art Life.

[Image courtesy the artist and Lismore Regional Gallery].