Places, spaces, cultures and continents are the fundamental connections that bring together artists Guillermo Cardenas-Fischer (Colombia), Paola Gaviria (Columbia-Ecuador) and Rolande Souliere (Canada). Moving between countries and settling into new cultural domains, have enabled them to better comprehend their own culture whilst absorbing new insights into their artistic domain.
Guillermo Cárdenas’ work deals with the fragmentation and restructuring of time and space through painting. Influenced by personal and political aspects of his homeland, Columbia – where he was almost killed by a detonating bomb in 1989 – Cárdenas’ paintings look as if they have been blown apart while being simultaneously pulled back together. Cárdenas has a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and has exhibited in the USA, Colombia, Mexico, Europe and Australia. Currently, Cardenas is a PhD candidate in Painting at the Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney.
Paola Gaviria’s black and white drawings appropriate the objects that surround her. In these carefully rendered images featuring everything from shoes to scissors, she addresses themes of self-portraiture, property, mass production and utility. Paola Gaviria has exhibited widely throughout Columbia , Australia and Europe in venues including Firstdraft, Miss China (Paris) and Intershop (Karlsruhe, Germany) and Galleria 1000 Eventi (Milan). In 2006 Gaviria moved to Sydney after a two-year stay in the prestigious Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris.
Rolande Souliere explores the relationship forged between a North American Indigenous upbringing in Canada and her experience of living in Australia for the past decade. Her practice juxtaposes the Anishinabek (First Nation affiliation) culture and contemporary life in a global environment. Traditional Anishinabek processes such as weaving and knotting are central to her practice, as are references to performance and traditional Anishinabek mythology. In 2007 Rolande Souliere completed a Masters of Visual Arts at Sydney College of the Arts and is a finalist in this year’s Helen Lempriere Travelling Scholarship. Early 2008, Souliere will have her first International solo exhibition in Canada.
Intermediaries is currently showing at MOP 27-39 Abercrombrie Street, Chippendale, 2008 from August 30-September 16th. Gallery hours are sunday to Monday from 1-5pm and Thursday to Saturday from 1-6pm
sunday to Monday from 1-5pm and Thursday to Saturday from 1-6pm.
You are invited to a special exhibition at Chalk Horse of paintings and weavings from the Peppimenarti community in the Northern Territory, opening on Thursday 6 September 2007.
Located 250km southwest of Darwin, Peppimenarti is the most renowned weaving community in the top end, but their weavings have never before been exhibited in Sydney.
This unprecedented exhibition is curated by Harriet Fesq, coordinator of Durrmu Arts. It features work by 8 artists, ranging from emerging talents to established practitioners like Regina Wilson, winner of a General Painting prize at the 2003 Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards, whose work is held in major public and private collections.
Traditionally weavers, the women of Peppimenarti have transposed their inherited knowledge of fibre and textiles into intricate, abstract paintings. Some represent syaws (fish-nets) and wupun (basket-weavings). The men’s art, meanwhile, has its origins in body painting and the decoration of objects including the didgeridu.
The project space will feature the work of Stuart Fleming, who produces intricate and unique abstract paintings using French Ink. In a meditative process, the artist produces small loops of ink over and over again, forming floating colourful forms on white backgrounds.
Both shows will run from the 6th to the 22nd of September.
56 Cooper St Surry Hills NSW 2010 (02) 9699 8999
Opening Wednesday 12 Sept, 6 – 8pm.
Thursday 13 Sept to Saturday 22 Sept, 1 – 6pm
At Factory 49, 49 Shepherd St, Marrickville 2204
In the development of immersive environments, Giovanelli responds to and works with the surrounding architecture using techniques that are both painterly and sculptural. The exhibition space becomes a studio during installation.
It bring into it pre-made elements, as well as soft, highly coloured materials; wools, foams, and cotton wadding. The process to define outcomes and allow strategies such as imprecision, informality and spontaneity is part of the work. Inspiration comes from architecture, art history, Indian miniatures and Chinese gardens. The resulting environments consist of amorphous structures on the verge of disintegration – blobs, flows, floats and dissolves which play with form and anti form, order and disorder. They provide the viewer with shifts between spectatorship and inspection mode and work to reinforce the loss of a sense of self.
Factory 49 Director Pam Aitken BVA(HONS), MVA
Showroom 49 Shepherd St, Marrickville, Sydney 2204
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art review magazine
un Magazine special edition 2008 – call for submissions
due 15 September 2007
In early 2008 un Magazine will return with a special edition. The goal of this edition is to extend and explore the creative possibilities of critical and visual art-writing as a literary form. To be edited by Rosemary Forde, the edition will be a compendium of crafted approaches to art-writing, including responses to exhibitions in 2007-08, features, essays, fiction, and text-based artworks. The special edition will offer innovative ways to engage with art practice through different forms of writing, as well as creating in-depth discussion around contemporary art works.
un Magazine published seven issues from 2004-2006 and played a significant role in Melbourne’s art community. With the intention of developing a new approach to visual art discourse and publishing, un Magazine intends to support and encourage critical dialogue in the local art community.
Expressions of interest are now invited from prospective contributors.
Proposed submissions should relate to contemporary visual arts, by way of form or content. These might comprise but are not limited to: contemporary art criticism or reviews of recent contemporary art exhibitions; essays; interviews; collaborative writing projects; and other creative approaches taken by artists and writers, such as text-based artworks for magazine format, short scripts or narrative works, and any other approach that has an apparent relationship to contemporary visual art. So if you have new ideas about how art-writing can be an experimental artform, then un Magazine wants to hear about them. Writer’s fees will be paid for all contributions.
What you should submit:
1. A 100-word description of your submission
2. The names of the artists/writers involved
3. A half-page CV.
4. Any relevant images you can supply as Jpeg files.
5. Your contact details.
Please do not send extended or finished texts without consulting the Editor in advance.
Please email all submissions to the Editor – Rosemary Forde editor[at]unmagazine.org
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