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Past exhibitions

2013

 

SoDA13

Koolark Koort Koorliny (Heart Coming Home)

Brian Blanchflower and Paul Caporn: Now & Then

John Curtin Gallery Award: Jessica Wilkes... or we could fill this space with silence.

Grazia Toderi

 

SoDA13

15 November - 8 December 2013

The John Curtin Gallery in partnership with Curtin's School of Design and Art (SoDA) is proud to present the work of graduates from the School's Postgraduate Program. This is an annual project that has been ongoing since the Gallery's inception in 1998.

SoDA features three discreet projects by visual art practitioners:
Paul Carpenter Redressing the Silence
Michelle Frantom Her Beauty & Her Terror
Andrew Purvis Transmission

Their work resonates with the themes of the phantasmic and the sublime as well as death, both universal and personal, through photography, paintings, projections, installation and performance, resulting in an exhibition that will unsettle, but connect with its audience.

 

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Paul Carpenter, still from Redressing the Silence, (2012), photographic projection


Paul Carpenter
Redressing the Silence
Paul Carpenter is a photographer and historian who lectures in Photography and Design in the School of Design and Art at Curtin University.

Carpenter presents a series of up to 80 photographic projections depicting ruins, burial sites and other significant historical and contemporary landscapes from the Great Irish Famine 1845 - 1852 and the post Global Financial Crisis in 2008. He hopes to challenge the viewer to re-examine their concepts of historical progression and how the trauma of the past encroaches on the present.

 

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Michelle Frantom, The Philosopher's Stone, (2012), digital collage from original oil painting 91.5 x 91


Michelle Frantom
Her Beauty & Her Terror
Michelle Frantom presents a series of highly personal photographic images, paintings and animation works created in response to a natural site known as The Gap - a coastal landscape near her home town of Albany, which evokes both terror and awe. The motivation for this work, and her art practice in general, is to develop a model for consciousness in which life and death are given equal value.

 

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Andrew Purvis, Medium, (2011), drawing on paper, 14cm x 20cm

Andrew Purvis
Transmission
Andrew Purvis' project, Transmission, investigates humankind's efforts to make contact with divine, occult or alien presence. Efforts to communicate with hypothetical receivers have prompted the innovation of a range of esoteric inventions and techniques, from the Ouija board and the séance, through automatic drawing and electronic voice phenomenon, to the rather more advanced methods of the SETI (Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence) community. Utilising and adapting these associated technologies, Purvis combines elements of drawing, installation and performance to create works that balance the hope and futility of the unanswered call.

SoDA13 Public Program

 


 

 

Koolark Koort Koorliny (Heart Coming Home)
The Herbert Mayer Collection of Carrolup Artwork

2 August - extended until the 20 October 2013
Final viewing, 24 October

The John Curtin Gallery would like to forewarn all viewing this webpage that it features the works and names of artists who are now deceased.

The John Curtin Gallery proudly presents an exhibition of recently rediscovered artworks created between 1945 and 1951 by Aboriginal children from the Stolen Generations at the Carrolup Native Settlement in Western Australia’s Great Southern region.

The Herbert Mayer Collection of Carrolup Artwork was formally transferred to Curtin University from Colgate University, New York in May 2013. This followed negotiations between Colgate, Curtin, senior elders of the Noongar community in the Great Southern region and the Mungart Boodja Art Centre.

Koolark Koort Koorliny (Heart Coming Home) - The Herbert Mayer Collection of Carrolup Artwork, celebrates the return to Western Australia of these extraordinary works, created as part of an inspired teaching program devised to alleviate the suffering of Aboriginal children forcibly removed from their parents and incarcerated at Carrolup in accordance with the Government’s policy of assimilation in the late 1940s.

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Hart

Reynold Hart, A Native Corroboree, c1949, pastel on paper, 75 x 110cm,
The Herbert Mayer Collection of Carrolup Artwork,
Curtin University Art Collection

 

Loo
Barry Loo, On the Alert, c1949, pastel on paper, 75.8 x 75.7cm,
The Herbert Mayer Collection of Carrolup Artwork,
Curtin University Art Collection

 

Dempster
Parnell Dempster, Down to Drink, c1949, pastel on paper, 58 x 76cm
The Herbert Mayer Collection of Carrolup Artwork,
Curtin University Art Collection

 


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Now & Then

17 May to 7 July 2013

Now & Then presents new and recent work by two of Western Australia's most distinctive and accomplished artists: Brian Blanchflower and Paul Caporn alongside earlier work of both artists from the Curtin University Art Collection.

Brian Blanchflower

Brian Blanchflower's works in this exhibition span four decades from the earliest work he completed upon arrival in Australia in 1972 - Eclipse - to works like Concretion 1:11 (mineral violet) completed in his studio in 2012. He is one of Australia's most significant living artists and is represented in all Sate Collections in Australia as well the National Gallery of Australia and numerous collections around the world. Blanchflower's work is a powerful testament to a life devoted to his art practise since his studies in the UK in the late 1950s through to his current studio practise based in Bedfordale, south east of Perth.

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Brian Blanchflower, Now & Then installation view, 1972 - 2012, various. Image: Tarryn Gill.

Blanchflower
Brian Blanchflower, Skyboats I-X, 1987, pastels on Arches Satine paper. Image: Tarryn Gill.

Paul Caporn

Paul Caporn's works in this exhibition span 13 years of the artist's practise from the earliest neon works like Cleanse and Ice Box both from 2000, right through to his most recent large scale project if a tree falls in the woods... from 2012. Caporn has won numerous awards in recent years including Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe and has been exhibiting widely since 1995 soon after he graduated from Curtin University's School of Art in 1992.

"I have a long-standing interest in the idea that the relationship we have with the world is an experience that is mediated through language and the things that we develop, make and use to express and manipulate our surroundings."

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Paul Caporn, Now & Then installation view, 2000 - 2012, various. Image: Tarryn Gill.

Caporn
Paul Caporn, Now & Then installation view, 2000 - 2012, various. Image: Tarryn Gill.

 


 

John Curtin Gallery Award
... or we could fill this space with silence.

17 May to 7 July 2013

Jessica Wilkes

Jessica Wilkes was the recipient of the 2013 John Curtin Gallery Award for her work ... or we could fill this space with silence.

... or we could fill this space with silence is the first phase of an ongoing creative research project where over time, the artist methodically dismantled a one hundred year old piano, meticulously conserving the physical material of the instrument in its entirety - right down to the finest granules of sawdust. From the hundreds of individual components, the artist has created a series of new objects, creating a space of contemplative and non-verbal communication between the artist, the object and viewer. Commenced in early 2011, this project is ongoing with the first phase reaching completion once all components have been used. This will be followed by a final process of giving away all of the objects in acts of exchange.

The John Curtin Gallery Award is a joint initiative between the Gallery and the Curtin Student Guild, and is awarded every year to an outstanding student from the Department of Art in Curtin University's School of Design and Art. The 2013 award entitled Jessica Wilkes to present an exhibition at the John Curtin Gallery of her work that was selected from The Department of Art's 2012 Degree Show.

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Jessica Wilkes,...or we could fill this space with silence (installation image), 2012-2013,
piano and various materials. Image: Tarryn Gill.

Wilkes
Jessica Wilkes, ...or we could fill this space with silence (installation image), 2012-2013,
piano and various materials. Image: Tarryn Gill.


 

Grazia Toderi
5 February - 14 April 2013


This is a Perth International Arts Festival Event.
Supported by Visual Arts Program Partner, Wesfarmers Arts.

Award winning Italian artist Grazia Toderi shares her alluring digital visions that are equally enthralling and unsettling. Her monumental video installations have been described as 'frescoes of light', acknowledging the artist's Italian heritage, yet also alluding to her technique of layering drawings, photographs and maps to create powerfully mesmerising experiences.

Toderi composes her artworks with intriguing reference to physics - from optics to cosmology - and embeds her work within highly charged sonic atmospheres. These ingredients are seamlessly combined to suspend you between the wonder of luminous nightscapes and star-filled vistas with a disarming sense of surveillance and awe.

Since being awarded the coveted Golden Lion Award at the Venice Biennale, artist Grazia Toderi has exhibited worldwide to critical acclaim. This exhibition at the John Curtin Gallery will be the artist's first solo exhibition in Australia.

Open: Monday-Friday, 11am - 5pm and Saturday-Sunday, 12 - 4pm

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Grazia Toderi, Atlante Rosso, 2011,two looped video projection, sound