Curated by Caitlin Eyre and Craig Robert Middleton
Featuring Lana Adams, Alice Blanch, Lucy Brewin, Eric W Brumfield, Natasha Filippi, Mitch Hearn, Madeline Reece and Lucy Timbrell
Showing 9 December 2014 until late January 2015
Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm daily (click here for Christmas closure dates)
Exhibition Opening | at the Carclew Dusk Arts Market, 6:30-9pm, Tuesday 9 December 2014. All welcome.
South Australia boasts long summers, stunning beaches and award-winning wine, events and festivals. The unique landscape and culture is a muse to artists in all creative fields. This group exhibition explores the use of South Australian landscapes, icons and landmarks as subjects for young South Australian artists. The works presented reference different experiences, meanings and ideas of what it is to be South Australian and the aesthetic splendour of our great southern state. South Australia: it’s Heaps Good.
Lana Adams is an emerging photographic artist who explores connections to place through her work, often focusing on her relationship to spaces in the Adelaide Hills. She completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts and Design at the Adelaide College of the Arts in 2012 and was the subsequent recipient of the College’s Arts Excellence Award. In November 2014 Lana recently completed her Honours studies at the University of South Australia. She held her first exhibition, Terra Firma, in The Reading Room in 2012, and has had her work featured in a number of group exhibitions at Salad Days, Hill Smith Gallery, The Mill and Carclew. Lana’s work was also featured in the 2013 Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition.
Alice Blanch is an emerging photographer who is influenced by the ephemeral nature of the sky and its relationship to the landscape below. Alice has a strong connection to the natural world and is passionate about analogue photography; her photographic artwork is a visual representation of her personal experiences and understanding of the phenomena of nature. She undertook a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the South Australian School of Art in 2010. Since completing her Honours at the University of Tasmania in 2012, Alice has travelled and exhibited her artworks extensively around Australia in solo and group exhibitions.
Lucy Brewin is an emerging visual artist. Lucy is based in Adelaide and completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts with the University of South Australia in 2010 majoring in textiles and screen printing. In 2011 Lucy made the first of two overseas trips around Europe and America. It was in Europe that she established her love of watercolour painting and a greater appreciation of landscapes and architecture. Since returning from her most recent overseas trip Lucy's work has been focused on creating a collection that represents the great big world around her and the experiences that one can achieve through its exploration.
Eric W Brumfield is an emerging photographer who is living and practicing his art in Adelaide. He is currently studying a Diploma of Photo Imaging at CATC Design School, Melbourne and his work is constantly evolving. Eric purchased his first camera at the age of 16 and since has been enamored with capturing moments. He also works commercially as a club photographer for various Adelaide institutions to which his unique style is well received.
Natasha Filippi is an emerging artist living and working in South Australia. In 2011 she completed Bachelor in Visual Arts, specialising in Drawing, Painting and Printmaking at the University of South Australia. Her work is embedded with beauty, humour and whimsy. Natasha takes influences from her friends, family and obsession popular culture. Recently she co-curated, and featured in, Ambiguous as well as running an Artist in Residence Cartoon workshop for primary school aged children.
Mitch Hearn is an emerging visual artist based in Adelaide, South Australia. He studied a Bachelor of Media Arts at the University of South Australia and has worked at Carclew and various city councils teaching illustration, animation and multimedia skills to young children. Mitch mostly works in video art and animation. Among other private and public video installations his work is significantly displayed on the Rundle Lantern in the heart of Adelaide.
Madeline Reece is an emerging artist living and working in Adelaide, South Australia. She completed her Bachelor of Visual Arts through the South Australian School of Art in 2009 and has recently graduated from the Masters in Curatorial and Museum Studies program at Adelaide University. Madeline’s Masters Research project focused on the use of optical and visual illusions in Australian art since the 1960s, examining the intricate mix between art and science. As both an aspiring curator and visual artist this dialogue between science and art remains at the centre of her practice, with her own art embracing the methodical aspects of illusionism.
Lucy Timbrell is an emerging Adelaide printmaker who recently graduated from Adelaide College of the Arts. Her work has been featured in several local exhibitions. Lucy teaches at the Ruth Tuck Art School, which she attended herself for many years. She is heavily influenced by the relationship between humans and nature, and often incorporates birds and cityscapes into her work.
From 13 November until 5 December 2014
Curated by Craig Robert Middleton | Featuring Chris Callaghan and Julia Townsend
La Danse Macabre presents the work of two contemporary visual artists working in two opposing mediums who explore the theme of death in very different ways. Death is something that, as humans, we cannot escape. The theme of death has always had an important place in art history and has been interpreted in countless ways to remind us of the inevitability of death and the fragility of life. Julia Townsend and Chris Callaghan present just a slice of how diversely Australian contemporary artists explore the human preoccupation with death.
From 16 October until 11 November 2014
Curated by Caitlin Eyre | Featuring Amy McNamara
Technicolour Dreaming presents a vibrant and eclectic series of watercolour and mixed media illustrations by emerging local artist Amy McNamara. The artist combines bright colours, ornate patterns and a delicate painting style to produce highly atmospheric and dreamlike depictions of both real and imagined worlds. Vividly coloured and gracefully rendered, this charming series brings light to the enchanting inner world of the artist, deftly blurring the boundaries between the realms of reality and the surreal.
From 14 September until 15 October 2014
Curated by Craig Middleton | Featuring Lucy Brewin
Urban Playground presents a new body of work by emerging artist Lucy Brewin. Approximately 20 works will be exhibited that present a deconstruction of the New York City landscape. Preoccupation with landscape and cityscape imagery is ever present in the history of art and this exhibition embodies how contemporary artists continue to reinterpret land and cityscapes. The works take on the artist’s own reminiscence of the city while creating a sense of nostalgia for viewers. Lucy’s watercolours are thoughtful representations of travels past and a New York state of mind.
From 4 July until 5 September 2014
Curated by Caitlin Eyre | Featuring Jennifer Allnut, Meaghan Coles, Kate Kurucz and Katie Long
Lady Face explores the representation of women in contemporary art and culture by showcasing a survey of female portraiture by young female visual artists. Throughout the history of art, paintings of women have largely been commissioned and produced by men for the pleasure of the male gaze. Lady Face counters this tradition by celebrating the insight and skill of female artists in representing the physical, psychological and emotional attributes of their female subjects through the intimacy of portraiture.
From 31 May until 2 July 2014
Curated by Craig Robert Middleton | Featuring Samantha Webb
Unconquered Spirit explores an artistic and personal connection to the land, particularly taking influence from the traditions of trance states, spirit guides and natural connections. The exhibition features illustration, portraiture and wood works that explore the themes of storytelling and the environment. It is the artist’s active connection to the natural work that is paramount to the execution of her work. The exhibition boasts strong associations with and is representative of a nomadic lifestyle; the desire to wander, walk and travel is synonymous with a need to collect, gather and create.
From 29 April until 28 May 2014
Curated by Caitlin Eyre | Featuring Alex Carletti
Alex Carletti is a young South Australian contemporary visual artist and self-styled yogi whose artistic practice is primarily focused on exploring themes of mysticism, mythology and spirituality.
Genesis offers a visual exploration of the mysticism surrounding the human lifecycle and particularly focuses on the constantly regenerating cycle of life and death. The exhibition features powerful depictions of the womb as a sacred and nurturing space at the beginning of each cycle and mystical representations of death at each conclusion. This narrative of existence emphasises the circular nature of life and death and the spiritual need to return to the womb between each cycle in order to reconnect with the source of life and all creation.
From 29 April until 14 May 2014
Curated by Caitlin Eyre | Featuring Alex Carletti
Hieros Gamos explores the sacred harmony that results from forging together two equal yet opposite elements, namely the masculine and the feminine. The exhibition's title is drawn from the Greek word for 'holy marriage' and refers to a unifying sexual rite that is enacted between a god and goddess.
This marriage represents the perfect union of masculine and feminine elements and suggests the sacred balance that is gained from honouring the genders equally. Through this body of work, the artist seeks to honour the inherent nature of masculine and feminine elements while imparting the balancing effect produced by perfect duality.
From 3 December 2013 until 10 January 2014
Curated by Jemimah Davis | Featuring Kate Kurucz
Through the body of work showcased in Likeness, emerging artist Kate Kurucz explores different facets of portraiture and what it can provoke - envy, desire, empathy and curiosity. Kate uses the luscious materiality of oil paint to depict the identities of those that regularly surround her. For Kate, this process of working is a reaction to our natural instinct of wanting to create personal connections. Not only do we relish in the technical expertise of Kate’s paint work but we also become intrigued about the identity and character of the faces that she portrays. Kate is an emerging artist who graduated with honours from Adelaide Central School of Art in 2012 and is one of three co-founders of Mint Artist Studios.
From 4 until 31 October 2013
Curated by Jemimah Davis | Featuring Dominique Keeley
Non-threatening Boys explores past and present teen idols in all of their pastel, glittering glory. Dominique Keeley's paintings are inspired by the imagery and language of ‘pop’ from magazines, advertisements and poster pin ups. Her works investigate the notion of young men as a consumable commodity marketed to a female audience and the subsequent conflict that arises between the image and individual.
Michael Jackson is still a pretty young thing, Justin Bieber wants to be your boyfriend and One Direction let you know what makes you beautiful. These sweet frozen moments of transient boyhood, beauty and fame. Who are they or where are they now?
From 4 until 30 September 2013
Curated by Serena Wong | Featuring Margaret Lloyd and Jennifer Allnutt
now you see me is an exploration into the ambiguities found in the relationships between animals and humans. It represents in between spaces, whose fluidity allows us to permeate the definite lines of categorisation that supposedly separate us from animals. When giving human traits to animals we are anthropomorphising, yet we lack a similar language to investigate the way in which we use animals to disassociate ourselves with qualities we do not value or perceive in human nature. now you see me is a narrative between the fantasy and the real, the animal and the human.
From 2 until 31 August
Curated by Jemimah Davis | Featuring Jayson Fox
A narratively driven body of work from Jayson Fox depicting what it means to be a social rogue, a miscreant, an uncouth youth and a street urchin. thepilsburyharlet.com
From 3 until 23 August 2013
Curated and featuring work by | Carly Snoswell and Katia Carletti, Artist Studio Residents
An exhibition by Carclew's 2013 artists in residence for South Australian Living Artists Festival 2013
Carly Snoswell and Katia Carletti explore concepts surrounding the home and the objects, images, and rituals that occupy this space.
From 10 June until 27 July 2013
Curated by Serena Wong | Featuring Donovan Christie
When we look at the city how much do we actually see? Donovan Christie's snapshots of the city cut and paste the objects of our everyday lives, bringing them into focus with acrylic and canvas. These paintings of the streets remind us of what surrounds us, what we walk past on the way to work, in the alleyway beside our favourite bar, or next door to the best coffee in town. They de-construct the blur of our day to day life, bringing the streets of Adelaide into view.
From 1 until 20 May 2013
Curated by Jemimah Davis | Featuring Zoe Woods and Sam Trevaskis
Microanalysis showcased works by two South Australian emerging artists Zoe Woods and Sam Trevaskis, investigating the visible regularities of form found in the natural world. Each artist responds to their observations and presents rather contrasting outcomes, both visually and materially.
Through her glass work, Zoe Woods alludes to the fantastic and exotic world of microscopic nature. The distortive and reflective qualities of thick glass explore patterns and forms found in our microscopic world. Her works are an investigation into the ability of the object to elicit the same feeling of wonder that is experienced when looking through a microscope lens.
Sam's work investigates unexpected relationships between nature and the industrialised world through the abstract representation of camouflage. His work explores functions of patterns in nature: to disorient spatially, and to appear at once alluring, confusing and repellent. The juxtaposition of organic forms within a geometric composition alludes to the relationship between the natural world and our constructed one
From 8 March until 15 April 2013
Curated by Serena Wong | Featuring Sam Evans
From 29 January until 25 February 2013
Curated by Adele Sliuzas | Featuring Andrew Humphreys
Andrew Humphreys is an emerging South Australian painter operating in the borderland between illustration and ‘fine art’― the one a pursuit of technical excellence in traditional visual storytelling, the other an endeavour to preserve in the postmodern gallery setting the modernist conception of style as theme. The negation of that stylistic focus in much of contemporary art goes hand in hand with the pigeonholing of classically-skilled painters into the often undervalued role of the commercial illustrator, and it’s a conscious exploration of this present situation that gives Humphreys’ work its theoretical dimension, as he applies both storybook-esque character design and a nostalgic painterly formalism to a very gallery-oriented goal. But underlying this fusion of aestheticism with more self-reflexive conceptualism is Humphreys’ longest-term project, a graphic novel of epic proportions, for which all of today’s paintings are essentially practice ― the tip of a much bigger, darker, wetter iceberg.
The Carclew Artist Residency
Above is what I typically say to make my long-term direction understandable to others, but it’s all very theoretical compared to my everyday art-making concerns, such as where can I paint, firstly, but also how can that place then double as a meeting point for models I need to photograph, curators I wish to show work to, or other collaborators from the art community. For me, the location of the Carclew loft studio, its nearness to the centre of the Adelaide art scene, is what has really made my residency here worthwhile, because so many connections I’ve made have been aided by that centrality. And of course, besides the benefit of location, the studio space itself is flexible and large, allowing for the creation of small to medium-sized works like those in this exhibition, as well as much larger mural-sized paintings which I’ll be exhibiting at a later date (the ground floor of the studio is especially ideal for big works thanks to its high ceiling). I recommend the residency to any emerging artist, painter especially! Andrew Humphreys.
From 11 September until 5 October 2012
Curated by Adele Sliuzas | Featuring Katia Carletti
Kissing Across Oceans presented work by sculptor and painter Katia Carletti. Having just returned from residency in Iceland funded by a Carclew Project and Development Grant, much of the work in this exhibition reflected on time spent in a distant and strange land. Carletti's haunting lanscapes sit somewhere on the edge of belonging, sometimes appearing and then vanishing, sometimes ruptured by black holes.
Iceland was the furthest away from home I had even been by myself and as a result of this removal from all that I know, I often found myself overwhelmed and upset by homesickness or other parts of my brain. At the same time, I was constantly in awe at my surroundings; endless sea, volcanic fields, snow capped mountains, swaying grass, the moon hanging low in the blue sky of midnight. These surroundings became familiar and homely, and as I swallowed them, digested, the craggy peaks and foggy tunnels became my hollow chest and warring head. Katia Carletti.
From 20 July until 27 August 2012
Curated by Adele Sliuzas | Featuring Kat Botten, Alexander Carletti, Andrew Humphreys and Glenn Kestell
This exhibition brought together a group of artists who have turned their work back on themselves. Through self-portraits Kat, Alex, Andrew and Glenn begin to examine their own personal worlds, construct their identities and challenge the space of their being. As contemporary artists these works are a reflection of the art world much as they are of the artist's personal world. Through paint, photography and print, these artists reconstruct pieces of a fragmented realm, intensely questioning themselves and implicating the viewer.
“Self Portraiture involves the inward finding of the self, manifest through the externalisation of the features of the face. In a sense, it involves being present on two planes of existence, the plane of being of "self" of "my" awareness, and my physical manifestation. These works are attempts to recontextualise the act of looking at ones reflection, through looking through the eyes and looking inward as statements of being.” Alexander Carletti
18 May until 17 July 2012
Curated by Adele Sliuzas | Featuring Claire Marsh
Claire Marsh’s practice explores the body; its force, its thresholds and its relation to the self and other bodies. Through processes of visual and physical mutations, Marsh talks about what she calls “the silent, the creaturely and the horror of the self.”
4 April until 15 May 2012
Curated by Adele Sliuzas | Featuring Malia Wearn
To Be Alone With You presented a collection of Malia Wearn's recent work. Her paintings, embroideries and installations extend from a place that is imbued with considerations of the self and its place within the world.
Featuring Harry Freeman, Dan Heath and Lise van Konkelenberg
28 February until 30 March 2012
Curated by Adele Sliuzas | Featuring Harry Freeman, Dan Heath and Lise van Konkelenberg
GET HURT featured work that sit on the margin of music and art. The exhibition rested on the dynamic between pop culture, visual culture and music culture; a creative intensity that is visual and aural.
In Adelaide, as in most creatively clued-in cultures, there is a symbiosis between the world of art and the world of music. Creative people, trained and untrained, are not restrained by historical definitions of ‘the artist’, there is a movement and hybridity between music and visual. Flow. And each feeds into the other.
The posters featured in GET HURT created a visual identity to support a parallel music community, these posters are independent artefacts of a specific culture.