Following on from my last post about art exhibitions around Geelong at the moment, here is a listing of a few more shows coming up this month.
Opening tonight at Courthouse Arts in Meraki Gallery, is a fine art photography exhibition by Daniel Longo. The exhibition showcases works from the 22 year old’s expansive black and white photography folio comprising indirect portraiture, manipulations, landscapes and conceptual pieces. Longo’s interest in photographing the atypical using strong chiaroscuro lighting techniques draws upon selected ideas from the Baroque period. Exhibition runs until 29 August.
Alain Le Quernec Posters 2001–2012
The Gordon Gallery is hosting a special poster exhibition by French design luminary, Alain Le Quernec who is also well known for his book, art catalogue and newspaper design. Alain Le Quernec Posters 2001 – 2012 features 14 posters representing a range of themes: from promoting support for handicap citizens of Quimper, Alain’s place of residence, to an advertising campaign emphasising the dangers of pre natal smoking. Alain Le Quernec was a speaker at the 2013 agIdeas International Design Forum and this exhibition was first shown at the State Library of Victoria. This special exhibition is open every Wednesday from 11am to 7pm until 18 September or it can viewed by appointment. Phone: 0418 577 091.
All breathing in heaven
All breathing in heaven by Gracia Haby, Louise Jennison and Stephen Wickham opens tomorrow at Geelong Gallery. Presented as part of the Geelong region artists program, this exhibition brings together collage, drawing and photography, to reveal the artists’ shared interest in the intersection between the animal and human worlds. Combining humour with acute observations of both wild and domestic animals, the works present imaginary worlds, highlight the plight of endangered species, or pay homage to relationships with domesticated animals. The use of early 20th century postcards of Geelong, drawings of the region’s Hooded Plover birds and imagery of the Barwon wetlands adds a distinctly regional focus. The exhibition runs until 13 October 2013. www.geelonggallery.org.au
Ballarat International Foto Biennale
Also opening tomorrow, but up the highway at Geelong’s sibling city, Ballarat, the Ballarat International Foto Biennale will run for a month until 15 September 2013. The program is huge (read extensive and exhaustive!) with lots of participatory activities in conjunction with the main exhibitions. All the core venues are open every day and it is FREE. Don’t miss it! Check out the BIFB website for all the details and if you are thinking of staying in Ballarat for a day or two, there are plenty of hot deals to be found. To maximise your time at BIFB, plan your visit by consulting the BIFB Core & Special Events Guide here.
True to Life: works of a botanical nature
Also out of town but in the opposite direction, Salt Contemporary in Queenscliff will be exhibiting the fine botanical watercolours of Geelong artist Rosemary Donnelly in True to Life: works of a botanical nature. Running from Friday 23 August to 8 September, the exhibition showcases approximately twenty of Donnelly’s delicate paintings which capture the beauty of plants, fruits and flowers. A former horticulturalist, Donnelly combines science and aesthetics to produce highly detailed paintings for which she has received international recognition. The exhibition official opening is on Sunday 25 August at 2:30 pm and will be launched by acclaimed botanical artist John Pastoriza-Piñol. Images of Donnelly’s work can be viewed on Salt Contemporary’s website www.salt-art.com.au
Prunus persica Peach
48 x 49cm, watercolour on Fabriano
Image courtesy Salt Contemporary.
Boom Gallery will be celebrating its 2nd birthday later in the month with a Big Boom exhibition. Big Boom will showcase the work of many of the artists the gallery has exhibited over the last two years in one of its largest group shows to date. Opening Friday 23 August the exhibition runs until 14 September. And in other Boom Gallery news, the gallery will be taking eight visual artists and a writer on a three day field trip to ‘Merrang’, a historic Victorian property of national significance. The work that is begun on the field trip will be developed and exhibited at Boom in November 2013. boomgallery.com.au
Geelong acquisitive print awards
And finally, the exhibition we have all been waiting for! At the very very end of August, Geelong Gallery will hold the Geelong acquisitive print awards and announce the prize-winning prints and additional acquisitions. The exhibition will open on Friday 30 August (by invitation) and run through until 24 November. The shortlisted artists are listed here in an earlier post. This year sees the introduction of the inaugural Ursula Hoff Institute award in honour of the significant role played by the print scholar Dr Ursula Hoff AO OBE (1909–2005) in the development of museum practice, and the collection of works on paper by Australian museums and galleries. She worked at the NGV for nearly thirty years as Keeper of Prints and Drawings at the National Gallery of Victoria, from 1966-68 she was President of the Print Council of Australia, and judge of print prizes at Geelong Gallery in 1964 and 1968. The Ursula Hoff Institute award is an acquisitive prize of $1,500 and is offered in addition to the established prize format – the $3,000 Geelong acquisitive print award, and select acquisitions. www.geelonggallery.org.au