Anne Zahalka is one of Australia’s most highly regarded photo-media artists, having exhibited extensively 30 years. Her work has often explored cultural stereotyping – she deconstructs familiar images and re-presents them to allow other figures and stories to be told that reflect on cultural diversity, gender and difference within Australian society.
The images from wild life depict dioramas from the American Natural History Museum taken over a number of years with medium format film. The camera is placed centrally to the constructed scene, it captures and records this illusionary space melding fauna, flora and painted background seamlessly into a believable scene. In Zahalka’s process, the negatives are scanned and contemporary elements are introduced digitally to disrupt these preserved pristine worlds.
French-born and Perth-based Canato brings a background in fashion and commercial photography to his work as an artist in photomedia. His photographs are not portraits but portrayals. It is not biography that they unfold so much as a state of being.
Canato is researching towards a new body of work: the place of the male gender in our contemporary western countries within diverse contexts such as politics, religion, science or sexual orientation. In 2016 his work has been exhibited at the Singapore M1 fringe festival, Turner Galleries and he has been a finalist for a number of art prizes such as the Print Award, Mandorla Art Award and Busselton Art Award.
Selfportrait, Christophe Canato
In April, Sheyi Bankale from London was here as a PICA resident, working on feasibility of producing a special Perth theme edition of the journal Next Level, promoting Perth’s artistic talent and visual art events.
Next Level launched in 2002 and has gone on to become one of Europe’s leading art photography journals. Sheyi Bankale’s work through Next Level focuses on important distinctions in local identity as the building blocks served to characterise the impact of contemporary photography, and to engage new audiences. As artist-as-editor, Sheyi Bankale designed Next Level to shape a new photographic landscape exploring the complex paradigms of the local through artworks, so that others discover and through engagement address existing aesthetic and cultural situations.
In May TURNER GALLERY artangel Robert Hague was our guest.
October – we welcomed David Rosetzky as TURNER GALLERY artangel.
Zora Kreuzer was the Basel artist in 2014 at artsource, back in Perth temporarily, and stayed with us.
August and September brought TAFE graduate, the talented Mr Ian Strange, visual artist, video artist, street artist, back to town to complete some research towards a book and a series of ABC iview docos, http://iview.abc.net.au/programs/art-bites-home-the-art-of-ian-strange/AC1525W001S00
In November, Yi-Wen Liu was living and showing with us. Wenny was one of the outstanding TAFE grads of 2015. She returned to present Belongingness, where she explored what it is to belong, and how that struggle can bind as well as liberate in her sculptural and live works.
21 Nov to 31 Dec – Tom Blake was a PICA visiting artist, and we can’t wait to see him back in 2017.
Others with shopfront shows or installations were water collecting in Carry Me with Dr Perdita Phillips; staff member Rhett Jones knocking a few planks together; Chris Cobilis created Ghost Of Record Store, a sound installation artwork commissioned by the Perth Public Art Foundation; Toygetherness – Telling Perth’s toy stories by ECU PhD candidate photographer DeeDee Noon – a photobooth research project; Animate Objects by Emily ten Raa featuring native wildlife as icons, Glory Hole by Brent Harrison and Shannon McCulloch explored male archetypes, including a nausea inducing video work (with wine cask); Interface subverted the traditionally feminine form of textiles with contributions from Carla Adams, Anna Dunnill, Kate Power, Mariaan Pugh, Jessica Tan, Gemma Weston and Melissa McGrath for 2016 Fringe World Festival; BLEND 43 – new work by James Cooper; Jess Boyce, Jazmin Mckechnie and writer Sarah Wood collaborated on a touch show; Kristen Brownfield interrogated the space in Teeter; Grad Cherish Marrington’s first solo show of erotic drawings, Unclean & Hateful Birds, was a sensation and a sell out; cocomanonxkotai by Talia Teoh & Anna Kotai comprised large scale macrame pieces and hand stitched textiles and WAFTA’s textile women set up shop with lunchtime talks that included Louise Wells, Anne Williams, Margaret Ford, Joyce Tasma, Rowan Rovere, Pauline White, Lyn Brown, Pauline O’Brien, Patricia Newman-Bruton with residencies as well by Julia Sutton & Jayne Argent – weaving on & off the loom and Kerrie Argent & Annette Nykiel book-binding & stitching/eco-dyeing & basketry – they will also be back in 2017.
What a great year!
October Christian Thompson
art angel for Turner Galleries
October TARSH BATES for SYMBIOTCA
The unsettling eros of contact zones, and other stories
PhD candidate, SymbioticA, School of Anatomy, Physiology & Human Biology, University of WA explores what it means to be human when we recognise our bodies as multi-species ecologies, with a particular focus on the relationships between Homo sapiens and Candida albicans. Tarsh uses scientific and artistic methodologies to explore physical, emotional, cultural and political relationships between humans and Candida. Works comprise sculptural, photographic and filmic works, as well as organisms.
This exhibition will be part of the program for NeoLife, the inaugural conference for the Society for Literature, Science and the Arts, Rest of the World, and the National Experimental Arts Forum, both being organised by SymbioticA.
5 – 9 October
Exhibitions as part of the program for NeoLife, the inaugural conference for the Society for Literature, Science and the Arts, Rest of the World, and the National Experimental Arts Forum, both being organised by SymbioticA.
1 October – 7 October
The unsettling eros of contact zones, and other stories
Tarsh Bates explores what it means to be human when we recognise our bodies as multi-species ecologies, with a particular focus on the relationships between Homo sapiens and Candida albicans. Bates uses scientific and artistic methodologies to explore physical, emotional, cultural and political relationships between humans and Candida. Works comprise sculptural, photographic and filmic works, as well as organisms. These works were developed during Bates’ PhD research at SymbioticA and the University of Western Australia. Open 10-4 daily.
August Phillip Hunter and Vera Moller
art angels for Turner Galleries
July HYPO by Mathew Dickson
Graduating from Central in 2013, Mathew Dickson’s multimedia practice is grounded in Bruno Latour’s scientific theory of Blackboxing in which technology, through its ongoing success, renders itself invisible.
Mathew examines the symbiotic relationship between technology and the uncanny. Drawing upon parapsychology and everyday technological objects to inform his work, Mathew’s resulting installation summons technology to reveal its supernatural nature. photo by Max Kordyl
July Laura Potter and Norman Cherry
UK jewellers exhibiting TRANSPLANTATION at Gallery Central + workshops
June CECILE WILLIAMS
exhibiting TRAPPED at Gallery Central
May Gianni Denitto
In collaboration with the Italian Consul, Italian saxophonist Gianni Denitto was in residence for 2 weeks. He spent 2 days with our students, he performed here for Italian National Day and he composed a work for us. As well he featured in the Perth Jazz Festival
My Name Is Raj by Srinivas Krishna
A photo-media installation with family photos from early 20th century India and a digital photo booth. Based on the Bollywood feature films directed and starring Raj Kapoor, Awara (1951) and Shree 420 (1955), this show invites the viewer to participate. Presented by the Perth International Arts Festival.
photo work: Kyle Grey and Andrew Winter; courtesy of Divani Films Inc.
The Drawing Room by Oliver Stretton-Pow
The Uncanny Edge by Bridget Nicholson
Visiting artist Bridget Nicholson invites people to allow her to wrap their feet in clay whileÂ they tell their story and reflect on their emotional relationship to the land. www.touchthisearthlightly.com