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Curtin University of Technology
John Curtin Gallery

2007


Sunday 12 August 2007
1-4pm
Pippin Drysdale: Lines of Site
Meet the artist from 2-3pm

For the past 20 years Pippin Drysdale has been refining her forms, her materials and her language to create a unique body of work that is responsive to the landscapes of Australia. The exhibition showcases works from private collections as well as new site specific works.

This is the second in the IBT Education Australian Artists Series of exhibitions presented by the John Curtin Gallery. The Australian Artists series presents a major survey of work by a leading Australian artist who has built a solid professional reputation over the past decade of their practice.


Sunday 29 July 2007
1-4pm
Meet the artist from 2-3pm
Pippin Drysdale: Lines of Site

For the past 20 years Pippin Drysdale has been refining her forms, her materials and her language to create a unique body of work that is responsive to the landscapes of Australia. The exhibition showcases works from private collections as well as new site specific works.

This is the second in the IBT Education Australian Artists Series of exhibitions presented by the John Curtin Gallery. The Australian Artists series presents a major survey of work by a leading Australian artist who has built a solid professional reputation over the past decade of their practice.

Exhibition catalogue launch

The exhibition catalogue, Pippin Drysdale: Lines of Site, towards the Kimberley Series, includes photographs of the works installed in the exhibition. The catalogue focuses on the new series of works, the Kimberley Series, which were produced specifically for this exhibition.

The new monograph Pippin Drysdale: Lines of Site, written by Ted Snell and published by Fremantle Arts Centre Press, is also available at the John Curtin Gallery. The monograph focuses on Drysdale’s life and work up until the Tanami Traces Series.

Visit the Gallery on 29 July between 2-3pm to have your copy personally signed by the artist.


Wednesday 25 July 2007
12.30pm
Helen Hewitt
Department of Urban and Regional Planning
From Craft Revival to Fine Art - teaching institutions and ceramic practice in Western Australia

The question which hangs like a shadow over this magnificent exhibition is - will Western Australia ever be able to cultivate another talent such as this? Pippin Drysdale is the product of a time when skills based craft education was the first step in a process which embraced both the pragmatic as well as the philosophical in the production of objects of great beauty. This floor talk will trace the development of ceramics in Western Australia through the institutions which have played their various roles in both formal and informal ways. Illustrations of student work from the early years of Perth Tech and the WAIT ceramics studio will be used to illustrate changes in both style and technique.


Wednesday 18 July 2007
12.30pm
Pippin Drysdale
Exhibiting Artist
Lines of Site: from the Tanami Traces Series to the Kimberly Series

Pippin Drysdale and Warrick Palmateer will present a joint discussion about the nature of their collaboration and the development of the porcelain vessels. They will also discuss the uniqueness and individuality that occurs from the throwing process to glazing. 


Sunday 24 June 2007
1-4pm
Pippin Drysdale: Lines of Site
Meet the artist from 2-3pm

For the past 20 years Pippin Drysdale has been refining her forms, her materials and her language to create a unique body of work that is responsive to the landscapes of Australia. The exhibition showcases works from private collections as well as new site specific works.

This is the second in the IBT Education Australian Artists Series of exhibitions presented by the John Curtin Gallery. The Australian Artists series presents a major survey of work by a leading Australian artist who has built a solid professional reputation over the past decade of their practice.


Wednesday 30 May 2007
12.30pm
Anna Sabadini
Exhibiting Artist
Exquisite Corpse: The Rainbow Serpent in the Garden of Eden

Anna Sabadini’s work embodies a personal quest to understand identity through a relationship to land; to find this connection as a Westerner, as an Australian, and as a daughter of Italian immigrants. She will talk about her recent works, currently on show as part of dOAf07.


Wednesday 23 May 2007
12.30pm
Forum
Research in the Visual Arts: the case for Higher Degrees by Research

Academics from the three major Universities in WA will discuss the question: In what way do University’s support and encourage research in the visual arts and what are the disadvantages, if any, of working within a multi-disciplinary educational sector where competition for resources is fierce?


Wednesday 16 May 2007
12.30pm
Julian Goddard
Head of Department, Department of Art
Redescription and contemporary art

Using Richard Rorty’s idea of ‘redescription’, Julian Goddard will discuss how contemporary art produces new metaphors in visual language with reference to how works in dOFa07 reconstruct ways of seeing.


Wednesday 9 May 2007
12.30pm
Ted Snell
John Curtin Gallery
The Exhibition/Examination: The role of the exhibition in postgraduate art higher degrees

The exhibition has an important role in the completion of a higher degree within the visual arts. Not only does it offer a variety of modes of presentation, but as an examination it is important that work is presented in the best possible way. Developing those skills is an important aspect of the postgraduate program at Curtin University.


Wednesday 2 May 2007
12.30pm
S.Chandrasekaran
Exhibiting Artist
Locating Self through performance art: Reflection of cross-cultural interactions through performance activity between the Self and other/s

S.Chandrasekaran explores how, as an Indian artist, he re-maps a fragmented notion of self-identity with relation to socio-political and cultural situations in a contemporary society. He will talk about his recent works, currently on show as part of dOFa07.


Wednesday 28 March 2007
12.30pm
Adrian Welke
Troppo Architects
Mawson’s Hut 2002: Restoration Program

Adrian Welke will discuss the Mawson’s Hut Restoration Project of 2002. This includes the logistics of the voyage to Antarctica - ‘getting there and surviving’, and the restoration works plan itself. Adrian will also include details of his recent expedition during which the works plan was developed.


Sunday 25 March 2007
1-4 pm
Sunday@Curtin

The John Curtin Gallery will be open from 1.00-4.00pm.


Wednesday 21 March 2007
12.30pm
Dr Peter Morse
Exhibiting Artist
School of Social and Cultural Studies, University of Western Australia
Antarctica Virtua: virtual reality works 2007

Antarctica Virtua is the title for a diverse group of works arising from on-going research by Peter Morse in collaboration with computer visualisation specialist Paul Bourke.

Peter will discuss the three works which are currently on show at the Gallery: Antarctica Virtua: Voyage of the Golovnin (v.0.9); Home of the Blizzard: The 1911-14 Australasian Antarctic Expedition Stereoscopic Photographic Record; and Selections from the 1911-1914 Australasian Antarctic Expedition Stereoscopic Photographic Record (v.1.0).


Wednesday 14 March 2007
12.30pm
Emeritus Professor John Penrose
Department of Applied Physics and Centre for Marine Science and Technology
Krill and ice: 20 years of Curtin in Antarctica

Curtin University has long had involvement in Antarctic science. This talk will review three projects carried out by Curtin’s Centre for Marine Science and Technology (CMST). Beginning in the late 1980’s, CMST undertook a project to aid in the assessment of the biomass of Antarctic krill. Krill biomass is estimated by using acoustic techniques such that the magnitude of acoustic signals reflected from krill in the ocean is used as a biomass measure. The CMST role was to accurately quantify the relationship between biomass and acoustic reflection. This called for laboratory and field work in Antarctic waters. During the field program a major discovery of sub-surface ice crystals was made and later shown to be linked with ice shelf processes.

In the second major CMST Antarctic project, a suite of Upward Looking Sonars (ULS) were designed and built for use by the Australian Antarctic Division in a program to measure the presence and thickness of sea-ice off Antarctica. Sea-ice forms each southern winter and retreats each summer, offering a seasonal insulation process between ocean and atmosphere. The ULS units were moored at key ocean sites and operated for up to two years before being retrieved. This work led to two expeditions and work during a winter season in which measurements were made through holes drilled in the sea-ice itself.

The current CMST project uses a listening station off Cape Leeuwin to monitor the sounds of disintegration processes on Antarctic ice shelves. The research method is based upon the capability of acoustic signals to propagate over thousands of kilometres in the ocean, which makes it possible to detect rifting and calving events on the Antarctic ice shelves by listening to the ocean on hydroacoustic stations far away from Antarctica. The remote acoustic observations are being made using the hydroacoustic receiving station installed recently off Cape Leeuwin, Western Australia, as part of the International Monitoring System of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty.


Wednesday 7 March 2007
12.30pm
Dr. Ann Schilo
Department of Art
There are only so many tap dancing penguins one can watch...

If images from contemporary films like Happy Feet are to be believed, Antarctica is a land polluted by people's detritus and populated by all singing, all dancing penguins.

Inspired by popular culture, and drawing upon works in this exhibition, this talk journeys through the Antarctica of our cultural imagination.


Sunday 25 February 2007
1-4 pm
Sunday@Curtin

The John Curtin Gallery will be open from 1.00-4.00pm.