Leanne Barrett: Redactionart art, Snake Skins and Embroidery

Wednesday 10 May 2017

Redactionart art, Snake Skins and Embroidery

What do these things have in common?
They are all artworks that are currently showing in 3 exhibitions at the Belconnen Arts Centre, Emu Bank, Belconnen ACT until the 28 Mary 2017.
  • Beauties and Beasts
  • Mono and More
  • Shed

Beauties and Beasts
Faculty of Arts and Design University of Canberra
This is the 23rd UC staff exhibition. It highlights the commitment to the creative practice of the arts in the world by staff and research-artists from the Faculty of Art and Design at UC.

'Beauties and Beasts' harnesses the power of creative practice to represent what is beautiful and/or beastly about our relationship with the natural world,' says Dr Jordan Williams.

The exhibition is also a tribute to Sandra Burr who passed away in 2015, her research explored the relationship  between animals and humans. One of her artworks is included in this exhibition. The artwork is a wonderful descriptive and moving piece about her relationship with her horse, Myst.
Rikki and Myst by Sandra Burr

Local illustrator Tony Flowers has included one art piece that his followers would have seen in development on his Facebook page. Flowers is currently teaching Publication Design, digital literacy and working on his PhD at UC.

Herald by Tony Flowers

Another UC staff member, Tim Sherratt, is working in the area of Digital Heritage. While researching redactions, the withholding of information, he discovered that someone had created a collection of creatures out of the redactions. His artwork is #readactionart to see more gohere.

The Redaction Zoo by Tim Sherratt

Other artwork in this exhibition uses the mediums of textiles, video, photographs and sculptures.
On Sunday 21 May – 2:00pm there will be a poetry reading in the gallery. More information and bookings go here.

Mono and MoreIlona Lasmanis, Robyn McAdam and Steve Tomlin have been working together at Megalo Print Studios since 2009. This is their third group exhibition. While they all use printing, their artworks are very different to each other.
Ilona Lasmanis uses collograph (where collage is stuck to the printing plate), collage, hand embroidery and stamps plus linoprints and monotypes to create her artworks. The embroidered animals and insects in these artworks are very attractive and there is a uniqueness to Lasmanis' works.

Summer Sounds by Ilona Lasmanis

Robyn McAdam's artworks are inspired by her travels to Venice, Italy. She explores the changing light and colour throughout the day. MdAdam's uses monotype printing to create her artworks adding some hand painted collage to her works.

And silent roes the songless gondolier and Sunset on Zattere by Robyn McAdam

Steve Tomlin's has recently begun to focus on landscapes in his artwork. He uses silkscreen printing to build up his layered artworks in a minimalist way.

On the way to the coast by Steve Tomlin

ShedThis exhibition is a solo exhibit for Gillian Jackson. Jackson has combined her love of mathematics; measurement, line, structure and patterns into her artistic pursuit. She has created a series of minimalist artworks using discarded snake shed or skins with recyclable laminating film. "I don't like snakes but I like these," says one of the exhibition viewers on opening night. The artworks are hypnotic though the repetition of pattern of the snake skins and creation of patterns by Jackson to create new and interesting textural artworks. The use of colour in the skins to create the patterns are mesmerising.

Mosaic Pieces by Gillian Jackson
Glass Sculpture 2 by Gillian Jackson

These three exhibitions are showing until 28 May 2017 at the Belconnen Arts Centre.
Thank you Monika McInerney, Creative Program Director, and your team for three wonderful exhibits that have something to offer many artistic tastes. The opening night held on 5 May 2017 was great!

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