There was an array of speakers today and I took something from each one
Dr Ann Stephen spoke of how the Bauhaus model impacted Australian art particularly on printmaking and how threads can be drawn from initial artists that brought the model to Australia such as Ludwig Hirschfeld Mack, Harry Seidler, Anni and Joseph Albers to Contemporary artists such as Emily Floyd's (Whitlam era) abstract work referencing the Bauhaus toys as an example or Alison Alders decorative patterns reference Anni Albers weaved designs. Dr Stephens referred to them as something similar to " reinvented pleasures for different uses ".
Kate Sweetapple - incorporates data from varied sources from the white Pages to knowledge from individuals of other disciplines to create maps that seek to record more than what a map is traditionally referred to for. Maps are beautiful in and of themselves and the idea of recording the unnecessary elements of life for the sake of fleeting interests is really interesting and holds that element of play.
Vanessa Berry - is interested in plotting or mapping personal and collective history but in the form of zines - where she is comfortable for experimentation. Currently she has focused on 'place' and particularly places within her life that she feels may be forgotten or unusual, or things that begin to stand out before they disappear because they are no longer kind on the eyes. Berry assembles her own interpretations of place as a literary and image assemblage. One of her works was part of the length of Parramatta road and the 'varicose vein' it is sometimes looked upon as.
Brian Robinson - his work is focused on finding his place in the world by starlight and the rhythm of the stars. A spiritual journey reflected from his Torres Strait Islander heritage that encourages people to look towards the heavens for seasonal, social and spiritual lessons. His work is stunning. There is a collision of signs and symbols from his traditional heritage and modern day influences. His work in stunning stunning stunning.
Down to Earth
Hertha Kluge-Pott - spoke of the need to organise the physical world around her into layers to create inward order and harmony. She spoke of breaking open the energies and connections to nature and reaching inwards, outwards and into the heavens. Her work reflects the very energetic vibrations and magnetic fields of earth. She spoke of the earth and elements of it e.g. The maleleuca tree as a close personal friend and she was having an intimate emotional response to it. There was a particularly beautiful work called 'Wanderlust', 1994 that was a reflection of her father and herself. Her father who took her into the bush and showed her how to be quiet, listen and see. It seemed magical.
Chris De Rosa - opened with what I think was a section of a Bjork track and images of floating seaweed and ocean that is a part of her everyday. Italian background, ocean and gardening. Her work was a response to many things but to me stood out the Herbal remedies found in her aunties handbooks and the work that image linked the herbal plant with the body part I suspect that plant affected in the body. She worked with images found in the Lino flooring of domestic settings and sea sponges found in her front yard. Physical being in her own world. I loved the way she worked.
John Wolseley - what a character! opened up by asking something similar to, do we impose our mental constructs or do we listen to and work with what is out there? He collaborates with nature, allowing nature in a variety of methods make its mark. For example, throwing his 'expensive' paper into the environment and collecting it weeks later then working with the marks left on the paper. He uses his'nature prints' or 'feral methods of mixing mediums' to make the gap between nature and paper an intimate connection. Inspirational work. Very beautiful.
Brisbane visual artist