Altered Impressions
by Jill Carter-Hansen

Exhibition runs from Tuesday 13 to Sunday 18 November.

Opening Event: 6.30-8.30pm Tuesday 13 November

Altered Impressions
Works on paper
Jill Carter-Hansen (MFA Hons, BFA, Certificate Animation)

Printmaking can be a seductive process…but I seldom print editions!

As a combined-mediums artist, my mind takes me to alternative places and possibilities. The story-teller/poet in me demands metaphors and unexpected endings. Exploring the possibilities within the process constantly whets my creative appetite. I search for what might be rather than what has already happened, realising that a sense of completeness seldom lasts…and perfection?…how can anyone judge what that may be through another’s eyes?

Apart from basic print techniques these works range later through time – past those explored in my studies In Fine-Arts, Graphics and Photography begun at Elam School of Art, at 17, later Auckland University and much later after arriving in Australia and my research at Western Sydney University. when there was NO print-making and where I lectured/tutored part–time and at other Art Institutions, sometimes free-lancing as a photo-journalist, for financial survival.

My memories of drawing go back to around 3 years of age…growing up on a farm where animals dwelled – in my mind, and on paper as much as on the hillsides. The gift of a Kodak Brownie at an early age added another dimension to my image -making and photography is still a constant within my practice. Artists Books began for me around 1984 and the poetry at about 8 years of age.

Apart from some 100 group shows (NZ and Australia) plus 21 solo shows, I’ve written and illustrated for numerous publishers including for my own – and others’-Children’s Books. Australian Federal and State Government grants assisted me in making the latter two of my three experimental Animated Films (narrative without words or dialogue) “spoken” in the pure language of film alone (from my numerous drawn/painted stills – with my added voice chants.) These works were all screened and awarded at International Festivals.

The work of Caravaggio impressed me. Shadow and light express so much. regardless of techniques. Darkness appears richer with light working through to define shape and space. Such images arrive as personal metaphors. Sometimes (with eyes closed) I draw into dark ink applied to the “plate” surface, prior to printing, The resulting unexpected discoveries can then be taken further to reveal and inspire – often suggesting a sudden undoing of any preconceived idea.

More frequently now, I find this subliminal approach – as a gift from The Void – my acceptance of the unexpected over-riding a previous consciously controlled one.

The older I get the more I realise the less I know, except that ‘mystery’ is ALL

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Recent Works by Fred Fink

Exhibition runs Tuesday 23rd – Sunday 28th October.

Official Opening: 6-8pm Wednesday 24th October.

Fred Fink’s latest works continue to expand his distinctive landscapes. After a four year wait, and with his last exhibition at Gauge a sellout, this much anticipated show is sure to create even more enthusiasm and interest.

Once by Happenstance

Exhibition runs from 9th to 21st October 2018.

Opening Night Event: 6-8.30pm Wednesday 10th October.

Once by Happenstance is a group exhibition of four Sydney based artists – Lyndall McCulloch, Susannah Paterson, Fiona Smith and Geoff Hargraves.

Lyndall McCulloch is a printmaker who uses several processes in her work, including etching, solar plate, woodblock and lino printing. Her prints have evolved to become line works that are subsequently hand coloured with a range of bright inks. Many of her artworks are figurative and they tend to be a little quirky. The titles of each piece add complexity to her work, developing both character and mood so that 2-dimensional works become inhabited by 3-dimensional characters with lives beyond the frame. Viewers are drawn in to wonder things like, ‘What caused this dark mood?’ or ‘Will it all end well?’ She is also drawn to working with wildlife and often features endangered species in her work. Her current passion is experimenting with combining encaustic backgrounds and lino print highlights in larger works.

Susannah Paterson is a painter and potter living in Neutral Bay. She is mostly a figurative abstract painter, with occasional forays into impressionistic realism, and she makes both functional pottery and whimsical hand built sculptural work. Her paintings begin by activating the surface with random and rhythmic marks, which become the scaffold from which a theme emerges. Some of the works are taken into mysterious narratives, whilst other are left in their evocative state. She paints about infinity, duality, beauty, potential, and all possibilities therein, always working from a chaotic and unknown beginning, towards meaning, order and balance. She sees this process as a metaphor for life itself. Susannah’s ceramics provide a valuable grounding to the emotionality of the paintings. Sometimes she decorates her work using the same method she begins a painting with. Others are simply glazed. They are all created to bring pleasure to the one that holds them.

Fiona Smith draws on her love of the Snowy mountains region, painting with oils on board in a collection that takes in the different seasons – the wildflowers of spring, the changing moods of the winter landscape and the drama of the in-between seasons, when the multi-textured ground cover is graced by patches of snow. Brushes and palette knives have been used to create a textured surface, capturing the softness of freshly fallen snow and the ghostly trunks of fire-ravaged snowgums. Based in Sydney, Fiona’ artistic career took off when she was retrenched as a journalist and suddenly had more time to devote to painting. Every cloud has a silver lining!

Geoff Hargraves’ art is focused mainly on printmaking and acrylic paintings. Subject matter is mostly nature and our water environment. His linocut reduction prints are often experimental in his selective inking of his carved blocks. He uses Akua intaglio inks which are brightly pigmented. In his paintings, besides palette knives and brushes, Geoff at times will use fern stems, bamboo skewer points and found items to place fine marks on the surface.

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Elementals Collection
by Kate St James and Catherine Whitting

Exhibition runs Tuesday 14th August to Sunday 23rd September.

The Elementals Collection will feature more than 50 works by St James and Whitting, including watercolours, oils, mixed media and limited edition giclee prints and collaborative works by the artists.

“For our collection, we have created works that reflect our environment and the places we’ve visited on our travels,” said Kate. “As a designer, artist and journalist, I’m inspired by the elements of architecture and nature and the way in which they influence and enhance our lives daily.”

“As an artist and designer, my work is inspired by my surroundings; whether the scratches on the bottom of a row boat, the bark of a tree or an old door – inspiration is all around me,” said Catherine.

Kate St James lives between northern New South Wales and Sydney and Catherine Whitting lives in Sydney’s inner west, where she also teaches interior design at The Design Centre, Enmore.

Treasures

Featuring prominent artists from the gallery, this showcase exhibition focuses on the treasures that are present in the collection. Including Tony Hanning, Magda Marciniak, Wayne Pearson, Phillipa Playford, Jonathon Westacott and others.

Flash by Usyd Photosoc

Exhibition: Tuesday 1st May 2018

A flash of light. A burst of speed or emotion. Whether it’s a flashing a smile or the glint of the stars, Flash is a word which conjures speed, intermittence and intangibility.

Photosoc is proud to present its first exhibition for 2018 which celebrates the best in student photography.

We are searching for Photography which looks outside the box and explores the idea of ‘FLASH’. We welcome anything from the flash of a camera bulb to a perfect (or imperfect) moment, or anything in-between.

To enter a photo:
– Entry is FREE
– Photos must be .jpg files with a minimum of 3600 x 2400 pixels.
– No more than 5 entries per person.
– Ensure your photos are saved as – ‘FULLNAME_Title_FLASH’
– Email your photographs to 2018photosoce xhibition@gmail.comwith ‘FULLNAME _FLASH’ as the subject line
– the DEADLINE for entry is WEDNESDAY 11 APRIL 11.59pm.

The prizes will be announced soon from our sponsors including Georges Cameras.

Entry is free so get snapping and we look forward to seeing your best photos!

Please note images below are from last year’s exhibition theme “AEONS”.

One Mind – Five Views
by Damian Talbot

Exhibition runs 17 – 29 April 2018
Opening Night: 6-8pm Tuesday 17 April
Artist Talk: 2pm Saturday 21 April

I am a self-taught artist and work as a medical doctor training to be a psychiatrist. Through the years these two aspects of my life have worked in parallel, intersecting at times e.g. themes and interests. I consider them equal and balanced parts of my outward philosophy or means of expression.

I completed my art studies in high school, and since this time I have maintained my knowledge by regularly reading art books, visiting museums, and directly interacting or consuming other cultural pursuits.

I love all styles of art but am most fascinated with the colour theories of Post-Impressionism. More recently, I have been interested in Greek mythology, which I think works in tandem and is inspired by my psychiatry training. I have also loved painting from life, particularly en plein air painting. There is something about the freshness of a work painted outdoors that can’t be emulated in the studio.

My psychiatry training has enabled me to think laterally and has challenged me to question a lot of things about society and life in general. This is why I use a wide range of techniques: from classical drawing (such as charcoal for its fluidity) to pointillism championed by Seurat and Signac. I am yet to find my preferred method of producing art, but I particularly like using oil pastels and soft pastels because of their pure and vibrant colours and the rapidity of their application.

I love animals and my cat, Charlie Paul, features prominently in the exhibition. He has such a warm and loving personality and a sense of majesty and softness that I love to capture.

I think that art can be created by anyone and with anything. Someone’s masterpiece may end up in another’s garbage bin. It is all relative and subjective, often a critique of psychiatry. In this respect, I wanted to hold an exhibition of some of my work to demonstrate the many techniques that can be employed to produce a piece of art.

‘There are always flowers for those who want to see them’. (Henri Matisse)

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