Cut-out 3 and 5 Aukland, 2010. Incised black building paper.
Lonnie Hutchinson - is of Maori and Polynesian heritage and has found interest in architectural monuments or 'mounds' found in various locations in the Pacific Islands (similar shape to a pyramid with the top 3/4 removed to create a raised flat base). These were thought to be used as a pigeon hunting ground and a place for healing and spiritual devotion. She created a mound herself from rock considering the spatial elements (I cannot remember exact location). In her spatial awareness of the site she went on to create 'sister 7' (left is two of the seven panels held upstairs in the gallery) which represented the nearby mountain ranges and uses a process of creating the patterned design, then photocopy, digital file, print and laser cut. Recently she has been integrating her works into architecture e.g. Auckland Art Gallery. Some of her other interesting works were 'Milk and Honey' referring to her Catholic upbringing and 'Black Pearl' referencing the events of women and children taken onto pearl fishing boats to be used as sex slaves.
Rew Hanks - again stunning work and a little like Brian Robinsons in that the longer you look at the images the more you find. He concerns his work in Australian history as storyteller and sees the re-writing of history as important to who we are and what is the actual truth of our stories. His work is often in Tasmanian landscapes and the ideas of the manipulation of culture, genetic cloning, environment and how it's people have been effected. He says he often comes back to images of George Augustus Robinson as Conciliator.
Mr Robinson's first interview with Timmy, 1840 Hobart. Oil on Canvas. Benjamin Duterrau
Here is a picture of George Augustus Robinson upstairs at NGA.
1. Negative Press - independent publishing house in Melbourne. Fred spoke of a few of the joys and challenges of their journeys. One example was the seemingly ongoing trouble getting the artwork of Stuart Ringholt off the ground. I can't remember the name of the work but I am going to say I saw it and appreciated when it was exhibited at Brisbane's IMA at the end of last year.
2. Tooth and Nail - in Adelaide born from the vision and persistence of Jake and Cassie. It appears the space is strengthening over time. They have established Print Cult - art for the people. Look it up.
3. Canopy Art Centre - In Cairns and represented by Theo Tremblay who seems to be the heart of the space. There seemed to be a ripple of respect for this man throughout those attending the symposium. I don't know much about him but when people react toward a person like this, he must have done some good along the way.