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Marion Hall Best: Interiors
Friday 14 December 2018 to Sunday 17 February 2019
The Temporary Exhibitions Gallery

This exhibition colourfully charts the work of Marion Hall Best (1905 - 1988), one of Australia’s first and most influential independent interior designers, displaying original furniture, fabrics, furnishings and design schemes.

Best’s career spanned four decades from the mid-1930s, a period of transition from the department store decorators and art furnishers of the 1920s, to the independent professional designers of today.

Her interiors vibrated with bold colours and patterns and a signature of her commissioned interiors was her vibrant glazed painted finishes on walls and ceilings.

Best introduced the latest of international modernism in design to Australians through her shops in Rowe Street, Sydney and Queen Street, Woollahra, which were an inspiration to the local design profession.

Marion Hall Best: Interiors is a travelling exhibition from Sydney Living Museums. Exhibition partners: Supporting partner: Seidler Architectural Foundation Media partner: The Sydney Morning Herald





‘A room for Mary Quant’, display room designed by Marion Best, 1967
Caroline Simpson Library & Research Collection, Sydney Living Museums.
Photo © Estate of Mary White
 
Dis/closures - Sienna van Rossum
Friday 22 February 2019 to Sunday 19 May 2019
The Peter and Judy Budd Foyer

Sienna van Rossum’s paintings explore the eye and its complex navigations across spaces and surfaces. For van Rossum, seeing is not absolutely transparent but rather embodies a strange uncertainty that she ironically evokes through the familiar. Worn and loved objects from her home are intimately rendered with a combination of meticulous realism and effacing abstraction. In these observations of the overlooked, ‘unimportant’ things in life, van Rossum asks the viewer to reflect upon her imagery’s intelligibility and ambiguity, proximity and distance, absence and presence.

Born in 1995 in Murwillumbah, Sienna van Rossum is a recent graduate from the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne. Since completing her Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours), she has relocated back to the Tweed Valley to continue her art research and practice on the condition of the image. Dis/closures is Sienna van Rossum’s first solo exhibition.



Sienna van Rossum
Untitled #4 2017
33 × 22cm, oil on wood
© The artist

 
Self-made: zines and artist books
Friday 1 March 2019 to Sunday 19 May 2019
The Temporary Exhibitions Gallery

Delve into do-it-yourself culture – from limited run artist books to cut-and-paste photocopy fanzines, explore the evolution and diversity of these radical publishing alternatives.

Celebrate the power of self-publishing to communicate directly with readers, create community and support counter-culture movements. Self-publishing empowers makers of all abilities and backgrounds to become creative producers, challenge dominant models, and make work that anyone can appreciate and collect.

State Library Victoria has one of the finest collections of artist books and zines in Australia and Self-made showcases original rare objects from the collection, as well as a selection of contemporary zines and artist books. Discover science fiction fanzines from the 1940s, groundbreaking 1970s punk zines, Australian underground press publications and artist books designed to circumvent commercial gallery systems.

The exhibition features works by leading international artists including: Swiss German artist, Dieter Roth; Pop Art influenced American artist, Ed Ruscha; pioneering conceptual artist Sol LeWitt; and renowned Australian painter, sculptor and printmaker, Robert Jacks; alongside works by contemporary artists and zine-makers.

More than 170 works will be on display, including a dedicated reading lounge, revealing the breadth and beauty of artist books and zines.

Self-made: zines and artist books is presented by State Library Victoria in partnership with Sticky Institute, and supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria and the Visions regional touring program, an Australian Government program aiming to improve access to cultural material for all Australians.

This exhibition will tour to seven national venues throughout 2018 and 2019.

See slv.vic.gov.au/self-made for details.





Dominic Forde
Ramps, pools, ponds and pipes, 1975–1985, Melbourne, self-published, 2015
Photograph of Stacey Peralta courtesy of the Peninsula Surf Shop, Rare Books Collection, State Library Victoria
 
Maria Kontis - Nancy Fairfax Artist in Residence Studio
Friday 8 March 2019 to Sunday 14 July 2019
The Friends Gallery

Melbourne-based artist Maria Kontis spent one month working in the Gallery’s Artist-in-Residence Studio undertaking research and concept development for her solo exhibition in the Friends Gallery.

"During my residency at the Nancy Fairfax Studio I immersed myself in the history, society and culture of Murwillumbah and its surrounding communities. It was my hope to develop a material, affective and drawn response to life in the area. Initially I focused on the photographs of the community. I spent many hours looking at thousands of photographs in the Tweed Regional Museum Collection Store. But I wanted to do more than look at photographs. I wanted to draw the ‘photo-graph’ of the community across multiple planes and from multiple viewpoints. I gathered information and ideas from local newspapers and various books and newsletters published by the Tweed Regional Museum, the Tweed Shire Council and the Historical Societies of Murwillumbah, Uki and Tweed Heads, attended council meetings, met with local groups, visited exhibitions, observed ongoing life in the community, talked with people and listened to their stories. These encounters are vital to the development of my project. In a sense, they are my project."

Maria Kontis


Maria Kontis is represented by Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney.



Maria Kontis at work in her studio

 
Use
Friday 15 March 2019 to Sunday 19 May 2019
The Boyd Gallery

Use is an exhibition of high-quality contemporary Australian jewellery and small objects, curated by Lisa Bryan-Brown. The exhibition is thematically focused on ‘tools’ and processes to explore the conceptual breadth and layers of meaning that operate within this premise for jewellery practitioners and metalsmiths. While contemporary practices are highly diverse in their forms and motivations, ‘tools’ are the common denominator that defines the field of creative practice that this exhibition celebrates.

Use is an initiative of the Jewellers and Metalsmiths Group of Queensland (JMGQ) and showcases the work of 17 contemporary jewellers/metalsmiths drawn from the JMGQ membership, including emerging, mid-career and established Australian jewellery artists.

Selected artists: Helen Bird; Jac Dyson; Lois Hayes; Catherine Hunter; Alicia Lane; Catherine Large; Samuel Lintern; Andy Lowrie; Nellie Peoples; Clare Poppi; Kierra-Jay Power; Paola Raggo; Elizabeth Shaw; Katie Stormonth; Rebecca Ward; Helen Wyatt; and Xiaohui Yang.





Catherine Large
Group of Multichrome Shovels 2017
sterling silver with various materials, various sizes
Photographer: Michelle Bowden, Visuall

 
On a walk in the poet’s garden - Dean Home
Friday 22 March 2019 to Sunday 18 August 2019
The Anthony Gallery

When I let lie the male figure and remade myself some twenty years ago, I did so by diving into the genre of still life. The appeal of colours that I had never had on my brush was enormously exciting. That exuberance and theatricality is something I have always kept as a recognisable foundation to my art. Along the journey other doorways also appeared and opened, especially with my discovery of oriental ceramics. A key piece, among several, is a particularly beautifully formed bowl I bought at auction in Melbourne from the Chinese Kangxi period, which has on it classic domestic scenes. This grabbed my imagination and, as I worked more with it, led me to make work which reads both as landscape and still life, and therefore lets all sorts of ideas and perceptions develop on the canvas. In this show of current works, I invite people to see where some of these ‘genre-overlaps’, playing against my own pictorial iconography, has led me. I feel my journey to the orient, both real and on the poet’s page, has been very rewarding and has some distance to travel yet.

Dean Home, 2018

Dean Home is represented by Arthouse Gallery, Sydney, Gallery One, Queensland and Metro Gallery, Melbourne.



Dean Home
Quiet Deep Pool 2017
115 × 185cm, oil on canvas
© The artist

 
Dwell - Robyn Sweaney
Friday 24 May 2019 to Sunday 21 July 2019
The Boyd Gallery

For the past 15 years my work has reflected a preoccupation with the Australian vernacular, particularly from the post-war period. By painting houses and buildings I have been able to combine an expression of place with philosophical and poetic ideas. My paintings depict elements of a cultural landscape; one that combines properties created by nature and those intentionally altered or created by people.

Residencies, travelling to new places and revisiting past landscapes have also become extremely important elements of my work. While travelling through the familiar and unfamiliar Australian rural and suburban landscape, certain elements of place resonate an unexplainable reaction within me – something ignites deep within memory. The landscape is somehow opened up by the search itself and
my response can reach beyond its visual appearance.

Collecting foliage and vases from where I have been, with the intention to paint them, has at times in my life become a compulsion and obsession. In physical terms, the urge to fill spaces with vessels and local flowers or foliage creates a feeling of life, of home, no matter where I am. In these paintings I aim to not merely represent the picturesque but use the still life as synecdochal representations of place.

Robyn Sweaney is represented by Arthouse Gallery, Sydney and Anthea Polson Art, Queensland.



Robyn Sweaney
Lie of the land 2018
70 × 100cm, acrylic on polycotton
© The artist

 
Digby Moran
Friday 24 May 2019 to Sunday 21 July 2019
Macnaughton Focus Gallery and Kelly Wall

Albert (Digby) Moran is one of the Northern Rivers’ most recognised artists. Born in 1948 in Ballina and raised on Cabbage Tree Island, his father was Dungutti and his mother Bundjalung. From a young age, Moran worked on making boomerangs and walking sticks and one of his earliest influences was his grandfather, Robert Moran, who was a carver and wood-burner. Prior to taking up painting in 1990 Moran worked as a seasonal harvester and spent some years as a boxer touring with a travelling boxing troupe.

Moran studied art at Ballina TAFE in 1991 and began exhibiting in 1995 when his work was selected for inclusion in the Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory in Darwin. His paintings have told both the history of the local Bundjalung Aboriginal community, including life on the Mission he grew up on, and stories told to him by his mother and other local elders.

In this exhibition, Moran will present a suite of new paintings.



Digby Moran
Richmond River Mud Crab 2018
acrylic on canvas
© The artist

 
Art Deco - A National Gallery of Australia Exhibition
Friday 31 May 2019 to Sunday 25 August 2019
The Temporary Exhibitions Gallery

From around the 1920s, Australian artists responded to the international movement towards modernism and Art Deco. Shaking off the austerity of World War I they created images of an abundant nation filled with strong, youthful figures, capturing the vitalism of a nation reborn. Technological advancements and urbanisation influenced the emergence of Art Deco: a new aesthetic in art,
architecture, design and fashion.

Comprised entirely of works selected from the NGA collection, this exhibition provides superb examples of the diverse expressions of Art Deco.

With its bold, simplified shapes and emphasis on geometry and line, Art Deco provided the right aesthetic for the times. Buildings lost their decorative embellishments, fashion became less structured and corseted, and women were enjoying greater freedoms, such as the right to vote and to travel unchaperoned. The image of the stylish independent woman became popular in portraiture and graphic design for posters and advertisements. The art also encapsulated
the excitement for many people around the potential to travel across continents and internationally.

The exhibition will be complemented by an engaging schedule of activities and events. For details visit the Gallery website in 2019.





Napier Waller
Christian Waller with Baldur, Undine and Siren at Fairy Hills 1932
oil and tempera on canvas mounted on composition board
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Purchased 1984

 
Last Updated: 16 February 2018