Mona Frank meets S.P Jamestowne
(The family project, life in progress part 1)
The Family Project is the first part in a series of art works to emerge from artists Mona Frank and S.P.Jamestowne.
Strangers become family: this is what brings these two artists together in all their alter ego madness, their new family orientated life, streaming from every angle of their living beings to create a hopscotch of ideas, dreams and realities.
After the Goldrush
Snaking its way more than 200 kilometres from the Yarra Ranges across Melbourne’s open plains into Port Phillip Bay, the Yarra River is many things to many people. Having survived and supported European settlement, the Victorian gold rush, industrialisation, tourism and more, its history is as rich and diverse as the landscape it travels across.
In her first solo exhibition After the Goldrush, Melbourne based artist Kate Robertson documents the Yarra River with photographs, large-scale posters and ceramic sculptures. Moreover, she uses ‘the river’ as a motif to explore the course of contemporary life and photography.
From an image of a ship docked at port, a young girl catching raindrops on her tongue, to gutting a fish, After the Goldrushexplores the malleability of photography and the fragmentation of our image and information saturated world. Ceramic sculptures serve as a souvenir and reference to photography’s ‘golden moment’.
After the Goldrush embraces a more subjective approach in contrast to conventional documentary photography, blending fiction and non-fiction, utilising collaboration and performance, and blurring the line between subject and photographer.
Gallery 1 project room
THE DYLAN DRAWINGS
“The universe resembles a brain, not a machine. Life is a story being told now. The first reality is story. This is what being a mechanic has taught me.” John Berger in A-X
My step grandson Dylan inspired these drawings. He was leaning over the table drawing with a contraption like a pantograph made from Lego. His drawing was alive. I am interested in the idea of domestic or mechanical events being the compost for imagination and I wanted to try to marry Dylan’s contraption with the Homers’ Odyssey.
These marks, tracings, maps, recordings move from place to place sometimes serenely, sometimes frantically., sometimes moving forward as if to a destination at other times turning in on themselves. Though mundane and ordinary they are also a mystery .. a form of poetry….perhaps an epic.
Gallery 2 and 3
Curated By Kent Wilson
Elizabeth Romanin, Sian Edwards, Kynan Sutherland, Mali Moir, Joanne Mott, Lucy James, Sophia Mundi Collaboration, Sandra Cumbari, Alanna Lorenzon, Lilly Dusting, Jon Butt ,
Max Milne, Matthew Coller, Sandra Drummond, Riki-Metisse Marlow, Gabriel Carazo, Stephanie Smart, James Juricevich, Clare Brakebrough
An ensemble cast of practitioners explore various ways in which we understand nature.
With jewellery, sound recordings, sculpture, botanic illustration, land art, paper collage, digital imagery; and work from the fields of education, architecture, and environmental science this exhibition allows for a variety of voices to speak collectively. Stemming (like a plant) from the idea that maybe nature has created us as its own voice, its way of expressing itself, to itself, ‘lingua natura’ is searching for the language of nature. If we are the mouthpiece of nature then it might be evident, in some way, in a semi-random collection of expressive forms, drawn from a semi-random collection of people.
More information on the show is available on the digital archive at linguanatura.blogspot.com