02.04.03 - 04.05.03


 

finely grated > 2002 graduates

     
 

For many, the most exciting part of the arts calendar year arrives each November, when the local art schools showcase work by their graduating students. This is the time when new careers are forged and emerging artists are discovered. Staff from The Church Gallery visited all of these graduate exhibitions late last year and selected nine outstanding graduates: Maria Blackmore from Midland TAFE, Andrew Bloxsome, James Doohan, Monique Fitzgibbon, Nina Jean and Natalie Topalis from Central TAFE, and Allison Davies, Miik Green, Ingrid Stotesbury from Edith Cowan University. All were selected for their fantastic individual ideas as well as their high level of technical skills and the ability to produce professional quality work.

Several of these artists’ work refers to our contemporary urban lifestyles and new technologies. Nina Jean’s artworks reference the great Australian dream of owning our own home and the “synthetic sub-culture of new housing estates and a glistening sea of zincaloom.” Allison Davies’ digital images are concerned with architecture and the complexities and stresses of everyday life. She builds complicated digital spaces to accommodate these elements. Monique Fitzgibbon reconfigures objects and materials from the real world, for example her 2D milk crates made from laser cut plastic are based on a configuration of milk crates and plank used by workmen as an impromptu bench for a lunch break.

Maria Blackmore and James Doohan are both intrigued by the micro/macro facets of our world. Maria’s cardboard Archipelago islands are juxtaposed with her MDF Bacillariophyceae, in her investigation of layers and dualities. One of James’ installations consists of pop-sticks, ping-pong balls, and dried paint forms, like magnified skin blemishes. They spread across and around the suspended panel like a disease enveloping a body. James’ other installation involves a brain made from bubblegum, invoking the connections between thought and sensation. Natalie Topalis’ installations also take organic forms as their primary source of inspiration, yet they are synthetic and will not change, grow or decay. She is investigating what is sometimes deceptively perceived as real and beautiful.

Miik Green includes the human body, fungi and organisms in his list of influences for his 3D forms. He has a love of surfaces, which is revealed in his sensual monochromatic forms and his abstract paintings. Ingrid Stotesbury’s work is also very sensual; numerous translucent fabric pods are fixed to the wall in one installation, and in another a pair of water filled, upright dream pools invite quiet contemplation. Andrew Bloxsome also works in three dimensions, he has created three large ceramic stacked vessels that have elegant geometric forms and defy gravity.

This is an exhibition not to be missed. Filled with vitality, fresh ideas and wild materials.

 

*prices valid 2003

 

 
sweet thoughts
james doohan

bubblegum, clay, stainless steel cup,
glass, zinc brackets
variable cm
2003
$NFS
paint skins, paddle pops, plastic + pingpong [detail]
james doohan

acrylic paint, ink, binder medium, pva, plastic, wood, tin
variable cm
2001-3
$NFS
coral city
miik green

mdf + auto product
variable cm
2003
$250 SOLD
untitled objects [i]
miik green

mdf + auto product
variable cm
2003
$125 each SOLD 8 of 11
laminationville
nina jean

laminate, nails, tissue, enamel + pencil on board
34 x 41 x 11 cm
2003
$250
SOLD
complete home packages: the family spacemaster
nina jean

silicon rubber + enamel on board
19 x 19 x 7.5 cm
2003
$150 SOLD
 
moments I [detail]
ingrid stotesbury

acetone + silk
190 x 220 x 20 cm
2002
$500 SOLD

dream pool II [detail]
ingrid stotesbury

fibreglass, resin, halogen, lights + water
97 x 60 x 60 cm
2003
$450

   
   
initial conditions 1
monique fitzgibbon

acrylic + adhesive stickers
90 x 90 cm
2003
$200
nitial conditions 2
monique fitzgibbon

acrylic + adhesive stickers
90 x 90 cm
2003
$200
   
   
bacillariophyceae [detail]
maria blackmore

oil on mdf
variable cm
2003
$500 SOLD
kill or cure [detail]
maria blackmore

mixed media
60 x 84.5 cm
2003
$250
   
   
a'tomos [detail]
natalie topalis

thread
variable cm
2003
$450
cellule [detail]
natalie topalis

wire on board
125 x 45 x 3 cm
2001
$200 SOLD
   
   
[left - right view] angst I | kurdt | angst II
andrew bloxsome

ceramic
135 cm | 190 cm | 115 cm high
2003
$450 | $600 | $450
[right - left view] angst II | kurdt | angst I
andrew bloxsome
   
   
upstairs, station
allison davies

digital print 2/2
60 x 150 cm
2003
$450
 
   
   
freeway 2
allison davies

digital print
50 x 150 cm
2003
$450
 
   
   

This page is an archived record of this exhibition. Prices are valid for the year of exhibition only.

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