GLENDA MACKAY OPENED 2ND FEBRUARY
Artist’s statement – Glenda Mackay, Croplands
The northeast of Victoria is “cropland”: a region for growing food.
In my artistic practice, I explore the patterns of the land and land use, and of landform edges where the land transitions. I use assemblage, collage, drawing, painting and mixed media to image the patterns I observe. As a private pilot, I see the aerial view of the region throughout the seasons, the changes in colour and texture from summer to winter, from flood to drought.
I am especially drawn to the grid: its order, symmetry and discipline and its evocation of cropland. The grid is also the mapping overlay on the land: it is the network of horizontal and vertical lines designed to give fixed points of reference. We use grids to define our ownership of the land and impose our human presence on the land.
In developing this body of work, I have explored our connectivity with the land and its usage to sustain and nurture us. I have used a range of materials that reference connection through our land use practices and construction of the built environment.
Collage is an important part of my art practice. I use it to explore ideas and themes, but also the mechanics of composition, form and colour.
From collage, my work extends and develops in different directions. It extends into the construction of two-dimensional assemblages using wood, sheet metal and other materials rather than paper. They connect the domestic world with its surroundings of the land through the connection of material and image making and call up the tradition of making do.
This exhibition includes multi-panel painted wood block assemblages, paintings and works of collaged paper, that explore the seasons, the strict geometry of the croplands, and the randomness of the natural environment that underpins our human presence.
Christine Upton ends 1st feb 2021
Passions, Journeys and Imaginings
Christine Upton specializes in exploring the printing technique known as relief-printing, and in particular lino block. She designs, hand carves and hand or foot prints her work in her studios in Corowa.
Looking back over a lifetime as a practicing artist it has become very clear that her works evolve around the exploration of techniques and the play with these to depict her passions, journeys and imaginings. Christine’s passions include native birds and flowers, patterns and colours. Her journeys include both the physical and the emotional. Her imaginings involve both technical and visual answers to the What if? questions she constantly asks herself.
“All of my work involves exploration and play as without these, for me, art would simply become a boring production line that creates visual images.”
Wacky Bird Gallery Corowa is owned and run by Christine. Her studios are part of the gallery.
Further information can be found online at:-
- RICHARD TATTI Photography 4 FEB- 4 APRIL 2020
- LAND and SKY ‘The Art of the Night’
Photos taken using long exposure techniques and processed to best represent what the camera sensor can see using the latest imaging.
ON IDENTITY DEC/JAN 2019-20
A Wimmera-Mallee perspective
PAST EXHIBITION by JOHN ANDERSON
EXHIBITION …. REIGNING CATS AND DOGS
For over 30 years, Tom Bolton has been documenting his fascination with form, pattern, texture and chaos. He produces abstract studies, layered with hints of the geological and biological, suggesting natural or constructed landscapes. Central to Tom’s work is a search for moments of transition between area and volume, where surface is drawn out through illusion to substance. Of his drawings and paintings, Tom says “By making images, I discover what I’m trying to see”.
WOMEN OF NOTE
ART FOR EVERYONE OPENED 10TH FEBRUARY IN THE KYABRAM COMMUNITY GALLERY
OPENS 6TH NOVEMBER UNTIL 5TH FEBRUARY
OFFICIAL OPENING 2pm Saturday 9th DECEMBER