My work at the graduate exhibition open weekdays 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. from 3-8 June. Opening 6-8 p.m. Thursday 4th June.
Karen Kaese had an opening for her exhibition tonight at Impress, Kedron. Her work was beautiful, and each piece had so many interesting elements it was impossible to walk past any piece without walking closer into it to see what combinations were there to create the play of line, shape, print, colour, collage and textures. Part of her extended family were there to perform dance from her PNG/Islander background in cultural dress. Wonderful. Open until the 26th April. I could not help but be reminded a little of the work of Wangechi Mutu when looking at Karen's work but which had a more local or neighbouring resonance.
I met Ian Smith outside Palmer's exhibition. Through conversation he mentioned that he has some work of his in the permanent collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. He also commented that he is known overseas but not in his own country. To be honest, I am not familiar with his work, then on looking through his accomplishments I wonder why. Is it my own lack of looking or should the established artists that are in our own backyard become part of the curriculum in our earlier understanding of art. Is it because he is of a different generation to me or that there is not a broader amount of published work (paper) and film documentary on our own artists. He has been a finalist in the Archibald prize several times and has also had his portrait painted for the Archibald prize. I am hoping he is known by a broader audience and it is just my own ignorance. Well I am now more knowledgeable about two more Queensland artists - Smith and Palmer.
Ian has an upcoming exhibition at the Heiser Gallery 90 Arthur Street, Fortitude Valley 14 April - 9th May 2015. Human Image.
Brisbane visual artist