We have some truly beautiful art to start the exhibition calendar for 2013 at Watt Space. With solo shows by Zoe Roxbourgh, Shana Dennis, Kate Burton, Michaela Swan, and Anna Mackintosh, the gallery is temporarily home to the creative endeavors of some seriously talented women. Don’t miss out! The current exhibitions run until the 17th of February. We hope to see you there.
WHAT’S ON AT WATT SPACE
30 January – 17 February 2013
Roxburgh examines the alchemy of painting through the domesticity of the home studio. She has painted on a variety of surfaces and explored dimension, moving away from traditional, flat surfaces. The works explore the idea that memory of home and childhood can be captured and re-experienced in colour and light. Like Margo Lewers, Roxburgh really enjoy colour!
Once More With Feeling
A solo photographic exhibition by Shana Dennis
Rather than her usual ‘dressing people into characters with costumes and make up’, for this exhibition Dennis decided to go in a different direction with a new series Once More With Feeling. The body of work is a photographic expression of different emotions and ideas explored through a series of self-portraits, using long exposures and colour.
Kate Burton’s first ever solo show explores and identifies art forms and patterns within nature itself through several different projects all put together in one exhibition.
The first project involves ceramic works in the style of creatures of the sea. Some of these creatures have electrical wires coming out of them, a statement of the fragility of coral reefs against environmental dangers such as global warming, genetic engineering and non-renewable energy being sourced in marine parks such as the Great Barrier Reef.
The second project is called 50 Shades of Collage, where Burton shows 50 small-scale collages sourced from old National Geographic magazines and picture books about nature and geography. This project explores arts forms of nature alongside juxtaposition, surrealism, abstraction and absurdum.
The exhibition also includes other works of Burton’s favourite subjects such as anatomy, natural history illustration and Dada and Surrealism.
Avoid Black: Textile Art Exhibition
Growing up on the Mid North Coast, Michaela Swan has always been inspired by her family, her surroundings and everything colourful or textured. Avoid Black expresses Swan’s love of textiles, by contrasting the texture and visual effect of her solvy handmade fabric against digital reproductions printed on fabric. Each work is loud, vibrant and excludes black from the design in order to gain the full impact of the colours.
Paper and Stone
This series of lithographs refers back to pre-industrial origins of the Newcastle suburb of Mayfield. Remembered as a rural landscape, bordered by bush to the West, steep gullies, creeks and river flats to the East, and close to water. I visualize this replaced topography just below the hard surface of bitumen, concrete and slag. Movements of water and wind historically deposited and shifted more malleable natural materials. Evidence of these land forming processes are perhaps reflected in the contours and cracks, and the shifting and heaving of our own temporarily imposed strata’s and surfaces.
To be opened by Miranda Lawry, senior lecturer Fine Art, at 6.30pm Thursday 31 January, the exhibitions continue until 6pm Sunday 17 February. Gallery hours are 11.00am – 5.00pm Wednesday to Sunday.
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University of Newcastle, Bachelor of Fine Arts Graduate Show
Prelude showcases the diversity of art practices, techniques and concepts employed and explored by our graduating students. The exhibition is both a celebration of years of artistic development as well as a preface for tomorrow.
The exhibitions continue until 6pm Sunday 9 December. Gallery hours are 11.00am – 5.00pm Wednesday to Sunday.
Head into Watt Space and check out the 2012 Honours exhibition! We’re currently home to five truly exceptional bodies of work, with some incredibly beautiful, immersive installations that we hope you’ll be able to experience. The exhibition closes on the 18th of November, so you still have lots of time!
Watt Space is currently host to a group of interactive, contemplative, and overall exciting shows and artists. The artist in residence program is in full swing, with our six creatives scattered throughout the gallery working on big projects and encouraging the public to join in on the process. Involvement ranges from having a chat about the work, to sitting for a portrait, carving some wax, or re-arranging the contents of a giant text piece.
Earth Shadow: Rising – Andrew Styan
Transformations; Reflections of Ash Island – Becc Spiteri
The Human Animal – Madoline Savidge
A Fascination with Process 3 – Nick Pont, Mary Van Gils, Willow Morgaine, Lynda Lee Lewis, Renee McIntosh, and Laura Jefferson
Thanks to everyone that came to the opening of Kindred, the 2012 Uon Services Ltd. Annual Student Art Prize! The response this year has been huge and as a result the show is full of truly exceptional work. Congratulations to Barbie Procobis for her success with curating the show, and congratulations to all of the exhibitors and winners! Also, a huge thanks to our judges this year: Maria Ionico, Lisa Who and Qwux.
Don’t forget, there’s a people’s choice prize this year! So make sure you head into the gallery and have your say if you haven’t voted on your favorite work yet.