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Gallery Artist Residency: Ham Darroch 1-15 JulyJune 22, 2017
Over two weeks Ham Darroch’s wall painting will unfold in Art Collective WA’s gallery in Cathedral Square, Perth.
Ham Darroch is known in Australia for his vibrant, sometimes whimsical works, in a variety of media – painting, sculpture, performance and drawing. Inspired by interrupting the familiar with the abstract, his paintings are inspired by the action of everyday objects.
‘His imagery is universal; evoking shared histories and experiences, place and perception while revealing a deep sensitivity to the optical effects of geometric colour.’
Ham has developed enormous discipline in his work based partly on his experiences working as an assistant to British artist Bridget Riley since 2006 – in her studio, installing her work and constructing her wall paintings – most recently a significant commission for Christchurch Art Gallery in New Zealand.
Miriam Stannage TerritoriesJune 2, 2017
Curator Lee Kinsella will be discussing the current exhibition, Miriam Stannage Territories, with Professor Christopher Wortham on Thursday 15 June at 1pm in the gallery.
Please read our media release on the current exhibition for more information:
Merrick Belyea Exhibition Review in Artist’s ChronicleMay 19, 2017
Become one of our 2017 BenefactorsMay 11, 2017
We’re getting ready for our 2017 Benefactors event which will be our biggest and best yet! We invite previous and new Benefactors to join us at this year’s event, which will be hosted in our new Cathedral Square gallery.
For a contribution of $2,500, each Benefactor will receive an original artwork estimated at $4,000 in value, donated by the artist members of Art Collective WA. We can only accept a limited number of Benefactors and numbers are already filling up fast. Sign up so you don’t miss out at the fabulous event on Saturday 24 June.
As a not-for-profit incorporated association, Art Collective WA raises money through artwork sales and the generous support of our Benefactors. This helps us to develop more opportunities for WA’s long-term career artists and contributes to our cultural history.
Sign up now or contact us for more info: email@example.com
Thank you. We reached our Book Club target!May 11, 2017
Thank you to our Book Club donors! We reached our fundraising target and are well on our way to publishing our book about Jeremy Kirwan-Ward. The second in our Western Australian artist series, this major publication will be launched in September this year. We can’t wait to show it to you!
The support we have received from over 60 donors has enabled us to be eligible for matched fundingfrom Creative Partnerships Australia’s Plus1. Our books about our artist members are found in institutions, bookshops and homes across the country, placing our artists in a national arts context.
Thanks so much for your support.
See Caspar Fairhall in MelbourneMarch 15, 2017
Art Collective WA member Caspar Fairhall is exhibiting new paintings and works on paper at the Gallery Smith Project Space, Melbourne until 25 March.
John Stringer Prize 2017March 15, 2017
Congratulations to Art Collective WA members Penny Coss and Sarah Elson who are finalists in this years John Stringer Prize. The prize winner will be announced in November.
Ships that Pass – Jo Darbyshire and Penny CossMarch 8, 2017
Jo Darbyshire and Penny Coss are exhibiting at PS Art Space from 18th March – 7 April 2017.
The exhibition ‘Ships that Pass’, by Coss and Darbyshire responds to the poem, Ships that Pass in the Night, by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The artists will be presenting a talk on Saturday 25th March from 1-2pm.
PSAS 22 Packenham Street Fremantle
On next: Jurek WybraniecMarch 8, 2017
Art Collective WA’s first solo exhibition of new work by Jurek Wybraniec opens Saturday 11th March.
This much-anticipated exhibition extends the artist’s interest in the aesthetics of popular culture. It is part of an ongoing series that references cinema and its proxy to the everyday and the interaction between our aural and visual perceptions.
Jurek Wybraniec has been a major contributor to exhibitions, commissions and academia since the 1980s. The Art Gallery of Western Australia exhibited his work in WA Focus in 2016, alongside fellow artists Alex Spremberg and Trevor Richards. He was the recipient of the 2015 Bankwest Art Prize and the 2016 Albany Art Prize, which includes a month-long residency in Albany this March/ April.
Tim Burns at Sculpture by the SeaMarch 8, 2017
See Tim Burns at Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe until 20 March.
Stardust Memories on now at the Holmes a Court Gallery, Vasse FelixMarch 2, 2017
See works by Art Collective WA members Penny Bovell and Tony Nathan in the exhibition Stardust Memories – myth, matter and memory until 14 May 2017 at the Holmes a Court Gallery at Vasse Felix
Sculpture at BathersMarch 2, 2017
See works by Art Collective WA members Merrick Belyea, Tim Burns, Jon Tarry, Sarah Elson and Antony Muia at Sculpture at Bathers, Fremantle until 12 March 2017
We are moving!December 9, 2016
Yes, it’s true! After three years in Hay Street, Subiaco, we are moving to new premises!
It’s an exciting move for us that expands our gallery footprint and places us in the heart of the new Cathedral Square Precinct in Perth City.
We’ll be in touch in the New Year to fill you in on our launch event in the new gallery.
Art Stage Singapore 2017December 9, 2016
We will be exhibiting new and stunning works by Eveline Kotai and Sarah Elson at Art Stage Singapore in 2017.
Please join us there if you can! We’ll be at Stand E3 at Marina Bay Sands from 12 – 15 January.
Art Stage Singapore is a prestigious and selective art fair that presents the diversity of contemporary art from the region. 173 galleries from 33 countries will exhibit. It’s a wonderful opportunity to showcase our artists to a very international audience. It will be our third visit to Singapore and we are looking forward to meeting with curators, gallerists, artists and collectors.
This project is supported by the State Government through the Department of Culture and the Arts.
Join our Book ClubOctober 28, 2016
We are excited to announce that Art Collective WA was accepted for the PLUS1 funding program with the Australian Cultural Fund (ACF). This means for every dollar you donate the ACF will match it and when we have raised $15,000 in donations we can publish another book about a Western Australian artist!
Our next artist’s monograph will focus on the art and career of Jeremy Kirwan-Ward and many of you will be familiar with Jeremy’s work.
He has practiced as a professional artist for over 45 years and has made considerable contribution to Australian art. Our private spaces and urban environments are enriched by his works and contemporary art dialogue internationally has benefitted from his association with the Australian Centre for Concrete Art.
We need to raise $15,000 by 31 January 2017 to receive the matched funding.
The 150-page monograph will feature essays by knowledgeable arts writers John Barrett-Lennard and Margaret Moore, along with over 100 colour plates. Jeremy has expressed that it will “include studio photos, works in progress and working with other artists. In addition to being an archive it should also be an impression of what my life as an artist is like”.
A Taste of Summer upcoming exhibition at Holmes a Court at Vasse FelixAugust 26, 2016
Penny Coss, Jo Darbyshire, Jeremy Kirwan-Ward and Joanna Lamb have been invited yo participate in an exhibition of the Holmes a Court Collection at Vasse Felix from 25 September 2016
Art Collective WA members showing at Sydney Non ObjectiveAugust 26, 2016
Members Trevor Vickers, Jurek Wybraniec, Jeremy Kirwan-Ward and Helen Smith are exhibiting at Sydney Non Objective on Art Monthly Australasia
Antony Muia’s solo exhibition reviewed in The West AustralianAugust 26, 2016
Trevor Vickers Melbourne Book LaunchMay 26, 2016
We’re in Melbourne on Saturday to launch our Trevor Vickers book. Hope you can join us!
ReadMay 26, 2016
Read about Sarah Elson and her upcoming exhibition in The West Australian Newspaper.
Community NewsApril 22, 2016
Trevor Vickers discusses his newly published monograph in the Community Newspaper
Trevor Vickers: Untitled PaintingApril 20, 2016
Art Collective WA is proud to release a substantial monograph on Trevor Vickers, one of Australia’s premier artists.
Trevor Vickers Untitled Painting is a 156 page publication that celebrates a revered career spanning across Melbourne, the United Kingdom and Perth. It is an extensive retrospective that showcases the distinctive style of hard-edged abstraction developed by the artist over five decades.
Trevor Vickers exhibited at the avant-garde Pinacotheca Gallery in Melbourne alongside Australia’s most significant conceptual and post-object artists. In 1968, Trevor was chosen to exhibit in the ground-breaking ‘The Field’ exhibition that reopened the National Gallery of Victoria – arguably the most important single exhibition in Australian art history.
Andrew Gaynor, in his essay from the book, illustrates Trevor’s contribution to the Australian art world:
Trevor Vickers’ career straddles many of the key moments in Australian art of the last fifty years. It is a trajectory that moves from the famed circle gathered around John and Sunday Reed … to inclusion in the seminal exhibition, The Field … and on to his position now as one of Australia’s truly respected senior artists.
Trevor Vickers is represented in all the major art galleries and museums nationally including the National Gallery of Australia, Art Gallery of Western Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, Art Gallery of South Australia, Queensland Art Gallery and numerous corporate collections such as Wesfarmers and Bankwest. In the last 12 months, major works have been acquired by the Art Gallery of Western Australia, the University of Western Australia and a number of private national collectors.
In conjunction with the book launch, formative works by Trevor Vickers will be exhibited in the Art Collective WA gallery in Subiaco. His influential ‘Catalan’ Series, circa 1983 to 1997 has never been shown as a group and it is the first time that Perth audiences will be able to see this work.
The book has been self-published by Art Collective WA and is the first in a series of artist monographs featuring established WA artists. Publishing professional books about Western Australian artists is an important part of the work undertaken by this artist-run-initiative.
The West Australian Newspaper: Trevor VickersApril 13, 2016
Read about the upcoming exhibition and book launch for Trevor Vickers in todays West Australian newspaper.
Australian House and Garden: Shore LeaveApril 13, 2016
See works from Art Collective WA in situ in the May issue of Australian House and Garden.
Exhibition reviewMarch 31, 2016
Our current exhibition by Jeremy Kirwan-Ward was reviewed by Laetitia Wilson in The West Australian Newspaper on 24 March.
Jeremy Kirwan-WardFebruary 18, 2016
Jeremy’s beautiful ‘Torrent’ painting has been acquired by the Art Gallery of Western Australia recently. His solo exhibition is opening at Art Collective WA on the 17 March 2016.
Caspar Fairhall: Below is aboveFebruary 18, 2016
February 2016: Exhibition catalogue includes essay by Margaret Moore
Trevor VickersDecember 10, 2015
Congratulations to Trevor Vickers whose major early work, Untitled c.1970, has just been acquired by the University of Western Australia Art Collection. Originally exhibited at Pinocotheca Gallery in Melbourne, circa 1970, this significant painting is acrylic on duck and measures 148.5 x 192.5cm.
Eveline Kotai on The Design FilesNovember 4, 2015
See the lovely home of Eveline Kotai, Giles Hohnen and family on The Design Files today. You may recognise artworks by several other artCollectiveWA members. Text by Lucy Feagins, styled by Anna Flanders and photography by Angelita Bonetti
COMO The TreasuryOctober 22, 2015
Our partnership with the magnificent COMO The Treasury is underway with the first of stunning works by Art Collective WA members on the walls. We are thrilled to be a part of this inspiring development for Perth.
Gosia WlodarczakOctober 22, 2015
Gosia will be doing a drawing performance in the gallery from 22 October to the 14 November.Please come in and see the work develop over the next few weeks
Art Collective WA at Sydney ContemporarySeptember 10, 2015
Art Collective WA is holding a solo exhibition of new works by Helen Smith at Sydney Contemporary from 10 -13 September 2015. Come and see us all week at stand A14
Robert Boynes Artist TalkAugust 27, 2015
Thursday 3 September, 5:30pm at 115 Hay Street Subiaco
Art Collective WA is pleased to present an artist talk by acclaimed visiting artist Robert Boynes.
Robert Boynes was Head of Painting at the Australian National University School of Art for 28 years and is currently Adjunct Associate Professor. His work focuses on contemporary social interaction, incorporating a multiplicity of references to cinema, televised news coverage and closed circuit TV footage. He explores the sounds, codes and cultural bonds found in our shared spaces and streetscapes, consciously maintaining a critical distance from his subjects.
Robert Boynes has had over 60 solo shows across Australia, the UK and USA. His work has been featured in a number of curated exhibitions, including Pop to Popism in 2014 at the Art Gallery of NSW. This year, his work has been exhibited with Brenda May Gallery at both Art Stage Singapore and in Sydney. Robert’s work is in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia, as well as all Australian State Galleries, a number of regional galleries, Parliament House, and Artbank.
Robert will be working from the Artsource studio apartment in Fremantle during the month of September.
Residency: Penny BovellAugust 22, 2015Penny Bovell has recently returned from a residency in Kerlala, India.The residency was held during the Monsoon at an excellent and spacious home stay called the Lily Pad, near the small village of Kumarakom on Vembanad Lake, known as the backwaters.It was an intensive 2 weeks sharing ideas with international artists from varying disciplines – including poets, musicians, film makers and visual artists.The residency is an initiative of Shivajee Chandrabhushan and Triparna Banerjeeon the both independent film makers based in Hydrebad.http://www.carpediemresidency.com/
Article on Helen Smith in the West Australian todayAugust 19, 2015
Helen Smith at AGWAAugust 5, 2015
Helen Smith is the next artist being showcased at the Art Gallery of Western Australia as part of the WA Focus program from 15 August – 18 October 2015.
Art Collective WA is also exhibiting new works from her Alighiero e Boetti from Wikipedia Series at the Sydney Contemporary Art Fair in Sydney in September. For more information on the exhibitions and available works contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Albany Art PrizeAugust 5, 2015
Congratulations to Chris Hopewell, Lesley Munro and Jurek Wybraniec who are all finalists in the 2015 Albany Art Prize – Good luck
Benefactors EventJune 19, 2015
You can’t stop the Art Collective WA!
We are overwhelmed by the runaway success of our Benefactors launch. Our target was comprehensively reached and 21 happy Benefactors each have a new original artwork for their collection. The Board and all the artists thank everyone who supported us with such enthusiasm and generosity.
Benefactors 2015 FAQMay 16, 2015
What does Art Collective WA do?
Art Collective WA is Perth’s newest initiative to support established artists living and working in Western Australia.
It is a strong platform for artists to exhibit, to work together and to build their careers.
Art Collective WA aims to be a repository of outstanding Western Australian artistic practice by recognising the incredible depth of practice that exists here.
What have been Art Collective WA’s achievements?
Since our inception in 2013, Art Collective WA has exhibited the work of over 50 artists – in our home gallery in Hay Street, Subiaco, and by invitation at Vasse Felix Gallery in Margaret River, the Melbourne and Sydney Contemporary Art Fairs, as well as Art Stage Singapore. These national and international exhibiting opportunities are integral to building our artists’ careers.
Our first art book will be published in October 2015. It will be the first publication focusing on the career of nationally recognised artist Trevor Vickers.
Artists have had their careers reinvigorated and sales have exceeded expectations. Over 40 artworks have been acquired by major corporate and institutional collections in the past 2 years via Art Collective WA.
What is an Art Collective WA Benefactor?
Our newly launched Art Collective WA Benefactor group aims to bring art lovers and artists together. By supporting the initiative, Benefactors will help to secure the future of Art Collective WA so that our artists can continue to receive significant opportunities.
What do I get as an Art Collective WA Benefactor?
For your $2,500 investment you will receive:
An original artwork donated by one of our artists, valued at $4,000.
Two invitations to our celebratory cocktail party, hosted by our artists at our home gallery in Subiaco on Saturday 13 June 2015.
Exclusive entree to the group of only 22 Art Collective Benefactors for 2015.
Advice on art collecting and art installation.
Invitations to all Art Collective WA
First option to join the Art Collective WA Benefactors next year.
How will my contribution be spent?
The money raised from our Benefactors group will go towards operational costs for our 2015 exhibitions budget. This year’s calendar includes new works by Brad Rimmer, Eveline Kotai, Mel Dare, Jo Darbyshire, Caspar Fairhall, Adam Derums and Gosia Wlodarczak from Melbourne.
How have the artworks for the Benefactors been chosen?
Our founding artists have each put forward three new works for selection. Our curatorial committee – Eveline Kotai, Joanna Lamb and Penny Coss – have made the final choices with our Benefactors in mind.
How is the artwork assigned to Benefactors?
Artworks will be assigned to individual Benefactors by a fun ballot at the celebratory cocktail party on 13 June. While you won’t know what you’ll be getting until your number is drawn, you will be guaranteed a quality, original artwork valued at $4,000. And even if you don’t get the work you have your eye on, you may grow to love a work that you might not have chosen yourself! It is a sure-fire way to start or build your professional art collection!
Can I see the artworks that will be available for the ballot?
Artwork images will be loaded to www.artcollectivewa.com.au and to our Facebook page throughout the next couple of weeks. We can also email you directly with images, just get in touch.
We will exhibit the works in our Subiaco gallery from 11 to 20 June and we would love to show you the works and tell you their stories.
Finally, you are always welcome to visit the Art Collective WA stockroom at 115 Hay Street, Subiaco. Just contact our Director, Felicity Johnston on email@example.com
Is my contribution tax deductible?
We regret that your Benefactor’s contribution is not tax-deductible as it is a two-way transaction. As a new organisation, Art Collective WA is not currently eligible for Deductible Gift Status. However, if you would like to make a donation that is tax deductible, you can choose to support our publication program: https://australianculturalfund.org.au/projects/trevor-vickers-artist-monograph/
How is Art Collective WA funded?
Art Collective WA is owned and funded by artists, for artists. Our principal Benefactors are Dan and Dianne Mossenson, who have generously supported us from the start.
Our attendances at national and international art fairs have been funded by the artists, along with some support from the Australia Council, the Department of Culture and the Arts, and private and corporate philanthropists.
Our wonderful publication on Trevor Vickers has been supported by a number of private and corporate donors, to whom we are very grateful. By raising half of the funds on our own, we were eligible for donations to go through the Australian Cultural Fund, which offers tax deductibility for new donations to the publication project.
The artist members are donating gorgeous works for the Benefactors group. Don’t miss out!
Pledge your support today by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org
art Collective WA benefactors eventMay 11, 2015
Become our Benefactor.
Art Collective WA is the newest initiative to support artists living and working in Western Australia. Our aim is to ensure that a rich legacy of outstanding artistic practice is preserved for the State, by recognising and nourishing the hard won excellence of our established artists.
Since its inception in 2013, Art Collective WA has exhibited the work of over 50 artists – in its home gallery in Hay Street, Subiaco, and by invitation at Vasse Felix Gallery, the Melbourne and Sydney Contemporary Art Fairs, as well as Art Stage Singapore. We are also well on the way to publishing our first book.
Respected artists have experienced the reinvigoration of their practice. Sales of work have exceeded expectations. Word has spread quickly and opportunities for our artists are growing.
You can be a part of this.
Art Collective WA is owned and funded by artists, for artists. We are grateful for our existing donors but can do so much more with your help. Let’s build our cultural capital to enjoy now and for future generations.
WE INVITE YOU TO BECOME A BENEFACTOR OF ART COLLECTIVE WA
For an investment of $2,500 you will receive:
• An original artwork donated by one of our founding artists, valued at $4,000.
• Two invitations to a cocktail party in celebration, on Saturday 13 June.
Most importantly, your generosity will ensure that the significant legacy of our prized artists is not lost.
Merrick Belyea, Penny Bovell, Paul Caporn, Penny Coss, Jo Darbyshire, Sarah Elson, Caspar Fairhall, Chris Hopewell, Jeremy Kirwan-Ward, Eveline Kotai, Joanna Lamb, Andre Lipscombe, Anthony Muia, Ron Nyisztor, Kevin Robertson, Helen Smith, Alex Spremberg, Angela Stewart, Michele Theunissen, Paul Uhlmann, Trevor Vickers
BankWest Art Prize 2015May 6, 2015
Congratulations to the following Art Collective members who have all been selected as finalists for the BankWest Art Prize: Merrick Belyea, Penny Coss, Chris Hopewell, Joanna Lamb, Alex Spremberg and Michele Theunissen. Other finalists include Rebecca Dagnall and Jurek Wybraniec who both exhibited last year with the collective and Melanie Dare who has an exhibition coming up at the collective in August. Well done everybody.
Australian Cultural FundApril 9, 2015
Art Collective WA has raised over 1/2 the funds needed to produce a major publication on Trevor Vickers with the generous assistance of private and corporate philanthropists. We just need that little bit more to print the hard copies and have teamed up with the Australian Cultural Fund in order to provide tax deductibility to future donors. Please follow this link to donate:
Miriam Stannage interviewApril 9, 2015
Read The West Australian Newspapers recent interview with Miriam Stannage, currently exhibiting in Sentinel Eye / Spy at Art Collective WA, here:
Miriam Stannage Sentinel eye/spyMarch 12, 2015
Opening Thursday 26 March and runs until 19 April 2015
This exhibition has been curated by Lee Kinsella and includes video and other work by artist Miriam Stannage, as well as photographs by Zebedee Parkes, Perth-based activist and filmmaker, and Pete Andrea, inquiry agent / private investigator, Alpha Investigation Services (WA Police Legal ID 1A22115).
We are being watched. As we move through this city we are subject to the gaze of countless cameras. But what is the nature of that viewing? The collection of data for surveillance and control or to agitate and expose? Artist Miriam Stannage has long interrogated hierarchies of power invested in the act of looking. In ‘The White House’ Stannage’s particular use of the video camera informs how we read the content. Her footage draws us in to an eerie and intriguing narrative as the artist walks the camera through a worker’s cottage in regional Western Australia. As an audience we become increasingly uneasy as we sense that we are both watching and being watched. This exhibition examines works by artists and non-artists who utilise the camera to document moments of transgression, and the ambiguity of capturing private actions in public spaces.
( Lee Kinsella 2015)
Miriam Stannage, one of Australia’s most significant contemporary artists, was born in 1939 in Northam, Western Australia. After travelling to Europe and USA in the 1960s she returned to Perth and studied with William Boissevain and Henry Froudist and at the Claremont Technical College. Stannage was a founder member of the Contemporary Art Society and her first solo exhibition was in 1969. She has travelled extensively and taught art therapy, painting and drawing and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from Curtin University in 1998. Her work is in more than 35 public art collections including the National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, Queensland Art Gallery, Art Gallery of New South Wales and Art Gallery of Western Australia. Major surveys of her work have been held at the Art Gallery of Western Australia in 1989 and at the John Curtin Gallery in 2006. Another major survey is currently being planned for 2016 by the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery at the University of Western Australia.
Alex Spremberg opening Thursday 15th February 2015February 14, 2015
Alex Spremberg LIQUID SYSTEMS – grids that flow
19 February – 14 March 2015
February 14, 2015
To see the catalogue for this beautiful exhibition click here:
Art Stage Singapore 2015January 15, 2015
22 – 25 January 2015
Presenting works by Merrick Belyea and Jon Tarry
Booth C1b, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
artcollectiveWA Down SouthJanuary 15, 2015
Holmes a Court Gallery, Margaret River, 8 February – 7 June 2015
The show features 23 senior and mid-career artists from this city-based, artist-run collective.
Read: Australian House and Garden February 2015January 9, 2015
See Jo Darbyshire’s paintings in the current issue of Australian House and Garden. Click on the link to view the pdf: Australian House and Garden
Australian House and Garden/Klopper and Davis Architects. Styling Anna Flanders. Photography Angelita Bonetti.
Open House: CottesloeNovember 29, 2014
Art Collective WA has provided artworks for the Humphrey Homes Open House in Cottesloe – see details below and come and see the beautiful artworks in this stunning new home.
Art and Business Subiaco LaunchNovember 27, 2014
The City of Subiaco invites you to Art and Business
Launch event and walking tour
Celebrate eight new public artworks by Western Australian artists in the Subiaco Town Centre
Curated by artCollectiveWA in collaboration with local businesses
Thursday 11 December 2014 from 6pm to 7pm
Meet outside Subiaco Museum, 239 Rokeby Road, Subiaco
Please RSVP to email@example.com by Tuesday 9 December
Artist TalkNovember 6, 2014
Penny Bovell & Tony Nathan in conversation
Date: 15 November 2014
Location: Art Collective WA, 115 Hay Street Subiaco WA 6008
Cosmology: Tony Nathan and Penny BovellOctober 29, 2014
Cosmic Nuances by Ric Spencer
We organic beings who call ourselves humans are made of the same stuff as the stars. (Harlow Shapley, 1929)
This show demands big themes, so lets dive straight in; we are all star stuff – this was reiterated famously by Carl Sagan and it now seems counter intuitive to suggest otherwise – we live in the universe so ipso facto, we need to be made of the same stuff. Not that long ago this may have been impertinent to suggest but now we believe that dying suns make the elements – these in turn conspire to work in particular formations to create unique and unbelievably beautiful galaxies.
New stars are born from such beds and rocks circulate them. But as stars create elements they also create energy and at least in the case of Cosmology, it may be useful to put forward that with this crystallisation and evolution of elements, energy and matter into consciousness comes also unique concepts like emotions, memory and the realisation (or relative nature) of time.
We are made from dead stars and it seems only realistic that we pine for that loss. The nature of the continuing journey from our elemental birthplace accordingly manifests separation, a grief for distance that accords to the lament of time passing. It is at once the paradoxical nature of mourning and the awareness of life. I think the seemingly elementary nature of the physicalization of this truth makes for the embedded melancholic nature of life.1
And so I view the wonder of all connection through Penny Bovell’s and Tony Nathan’s work, not just that cosmic nuance that places two creative minds with similar interests in a microcosm of the same space-time continuum, but the type that manifests its own simultaneous transcendental passing. As we look further and further back into the universe it is worth considering the lens as a portal to the continuous fortuitous nature (or to us now the logical historical eventuation) of such collisions. This type of collision of entities should never and does not cease to amaze me, such is the profundity of the universe, to continually collide and materialize ideas, creating potentiality through such willing vessels as us (its children).
The lament I feel in these images, of elemental rocks, of dark shapes masquerading as passing objects in the night sky, of backs mapped as constellations, is an uplifting sensation of the type one feels when floating out into the universe when you enter dreaming; it is a loss but also a sense of return. The star stuff that makes us, with its inherent spirals that regulate the galaxies and elements that circulate through us – achingly, with such sadness, wants for its birthplace, so much so that it charts its release. The melancholia that seeds our cells drifts through the nexus of creative dreaming that permeates these artists’ works and wanders on to leave our thoughts whistling in images, phrases and lost words.
I feel poetic today but then I feel lament because I know that the connections that exist in Cosmology are continually colliding in our lives, our-selves and our memories as they push back to the fold. As time itself aches for answers the cosmos will continue to (thankfully) proffer such artists as Penny and Tony because time, as the only entity that truly manifests life, wants to be curled up in the arms of poets and visionaries; spending itself with those that contemplate the infinite, the melancholic, the beauty of endlessness as the crucibles of eternal return. In dark matter is the light of potential, in the gaps between elements is love and in the night sky is the spectre of fluidity, wonderment and a reminder of the delights of who we are and what we’re capable of.
We are stardust, we are golden, and we’ve got to get ourselves back to the gar-ar-den… (Joni Mitchell)
1 Melancholia (sadness/ to mourn), as Lars von Trier so wonderfully allegorized in the movie of the same name, is seemingly subordinate to the stars, the movement of the galaxies and lies at the heart of subsistence on this planet. I see it in this sense as a lament for loss and is a mourning for the passing of time but I also think it rises from a sense of wonder – one seems intertwined with the other.
Dr Ric Spencer is an artist and writer and currently Curator at Fremantle Arts Centre.
Read: Penny CossOctober 22, 2014
Penny Coss appears in Andrew Nicholl’s If I could have in the latest issue of Australian Art Collector Magazine
Artist talk: Sarah Elson and Therese HowardOctober 9, 2014
Therese Howard and Sarah Elson will be talking about their current artworks in Contemporary Still Life at the Art Collective WA on Thursday 16th October from 5-6pm.
Artist talk: Kevin RobertsonSeptember 10, 2014
Artist Kevin Robertson will talk about his work in his current exhibition at Art Collective WA:
When: Saturday 13 September from 2pm
Where: 115 Hay Street Subiaco WA 6008
Melbourne Art Fair 2014 CatalogueAugust 7, 2014
12 page exhibition catalogue of new works by Paul Uhlmann and Michele Theunissen featuring an essay by curator and writer Andrew Gaynor.
Joanna Lamb and Kevin Robertson Exhibition OpeningAugust 7, 2014
Please join Art Collective WA for an exhibition of new works by Joanna Lamb and Kevin Robertson.
Thursday 21st August 2014 Opens 5pm – 7pm
115 Hay Street Subiaco WA 6008
Cutler & Co MAF Platform Pop UpJuly 30, 2014
Cutler & Co: MAF Platform Pop Up
12-17 August 12-7pm
55-57 Gertrude Street Fitzroy
Joanna Lamb has been invited to exhibit at the Cutler & Co: MAF Platform Pop Up during the Melbourne Art Fair in August.
City of PerthJuly 25, 2014
Congratulations to Toni Wilkinson whose Park Avenue and Intentional introduction artworks have been acquired by the City of Perth Art Collection. The works are currently on show at Art Collective WA until 2 August.
Melbourne Art Fair 2014July 24, 2014
Art Collective WA will be exhibiting new works by Michele Theunissen and Paul Uhlmann at the 2014 Melbourne Art Fair from 13-17 August 2014.
Geelong Contemporary Art PrizeJuly 24, 2014
Congratulations to Joanna Lamb who is a finalist in the 2014 Geelong Contemporary Art Prize. The $30,000 acquisitive prize winner will be announced on 29th August. Joanna will be exhibiting new works at the Art Collective WA in August this year.
Vanishing Point, AdelaideJune 28, 2014
Penny Coss is currently on show in Vanishing Point, at the Level One Gallery, in Adelaide from 3 July – 20 August.
Artist’s talkJune 12, 2014
Please join Penny Coss and Paul Uhlmann in discussing their current works at Art Collective WA.
When: Thursday 19th June from 5pm
Where: 115 Hay Street, Subiaco WA 6008
Jo Darbsyhire Artist talk at BankWestMay 14, 2014
Jo Darbyshire will be giving an tour of her current exhibition ‘Yield’ at BankWest Art Gallery, 10am Wednesday 21 May 2014
Members Works on Paper Fundraising ExhibitionApril 24, 2014
In May Art Collective WA is holding its inaugural members works on paper exhibition. Our members have generously donated works for the exhibition with all the funds going towards our next years exhibition program. We are grateful to the Mark Howlett Foundation for donating The Sportsman’s Suite set of 12 prints spanning 1991-2011.
Artists include: Joanna Lamb, Helen Smith, Angela Stewart, Jeremy Kirwan-Ward, Eveline Kotai, Chris Hopewell, Merrick Belyea, Penny Bovell, Jo Darbyshire, Penny Coss, Peter Zappa, Anthony Muia, Ron Nyisztor, Lesley Munro and Kevin Robertson.
Prices start from just $220. This is a great way for you help support us promote WA artists locally, nationally and internationally and collect a beautiful artwork at the same time.
Read: Latest Art Collector MagazineApril 24, 2014
Read about us in the current issue of Art Collector Magazine
Trevor and Col in todays West AustralianMarch 26, 2014
Read about Trevor Vickers and Col Jordan in todays West Australian Newspaper.
Scoop Magazine Issue 67March 26, 2014
Read about Art Collective WA and ‘how to collect art’ in the latest issue of Scoop Magazine issue 67 Autumn
Benalla Nude Art Prize 2014March 26, 2014
Congratulations to Anthony Muia who is a finalist in the 2014 Benalla Nude Art Prize, an $50,000 acquisitive prize, with his work ‘2men Stockpile’. This work was exhibited at Art Collective WA in September 2013.
Art Collective WA in Artists ChronicleMarch 14, 2014
Read about Art Collective WA and Merrick Belyea in the latest issue of Artists Chronicle
Click here: AC March-April 2014
Trevor Vickers & Col Jordan in ConversationMarch 13, 2014
Please join Col and Trevor in a discussion about their new works and the history of colour field abstract painting in Australia.
Where: 115 Hay Street Subiaco
When: Wednesday 19 March from 5-7, talk at 6
RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Artist Talk: Merrick BelyeaMarch 5, 2014
Please join Merrick Belyea discussing his current exhibition ‘From Above, the City is a Target’ on Thursday 13 March at 6pm at Art Collective WA 115 Hay Street Subiaco
Artist Profile #26February 28, 2014
In print: Read about Penny Coss and Penny Bovell in the next issue of Artists Profile – due out Monday.
Book ClubFebruary 26, 2014
Become an Art Collective WA Book Club member and help support Western Australian artists to publish and promote their work.
Artists books are vital in the development of an artists career but come at a cost. By becoming a Book Club member your funds will be used to produce a major publication on an important local artist which will include commissioned essays by prominent arts writers and historians.
2014 Art Collective WA Book: Trevor Vickers
138 page colour publication, commissioned essays by Dr Alex Selenitsch, University of Melbourne and Winthrop Professor Richard Read.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for a membership form or click here Book Club v3
Merrick Belyea From Above, The City is a TargetFebruary 15, 2014
For a number of years Merrick Belyea’s work has focused on the curiously human appetite for destruction. This new body of work is based on aerial photographs taken during World War II in the European and Pacific theatres of war. These paintings are part of an ongoing series of work examining the effects of trauma in an urban landscape. The titles of the paintings refer to a potential for destruction and offer a portent to future mechanical scarification of the landscape. Paring back the veneer of previously prepared paint layers reveal the detritus of process and the fragility of surface
Exhibition runs 21 February – 15 March 2014
Art Stage SingaporeDecember 5, 2013
We are proud to announce that Art Collective WA has been accepted into the prestigious Art Stage Singapore Art Fair. We will be showing a solo exhibition of new works by Penny Coss from 16 – 20 January 2014. This project has been kindly supported by Australasian Minerals and Trading.
Congratulations Chris HopewellDecember 5, 2013
Congratulations to Chris Hopewell whose work Eclipse has been acquired by the BankWest Art Collection
Art Collective WA needs your helpNovember 8, 2013
The art market in Perth is in trouble. Art Collective WA is a totally new model developed to support our local senior and mid-career artists and since opening in June has already exhibited works by more than 25 artists. For this not-for-profit artist collective and contemporary art space to survive we need not only Government support and private sales but also corporate and private donations.
We are excited to announce that Creative Partnerships Australia has approved our application for a Plus1 grant and we need your help to make the most of this exciting offer.
Creative Partnerships Australia recently launched its two million dollar initiative and Art Collective WA has been selected as one of the organisations nationally to receive a grant. There is a catch though – to receive the grant, the collective must raise the same amount in sponsorship. Every dollar given to the campaign has the potential to be matched with another, but if the campaign falls short of the $39,950 target, the collective will lose the opportunity to receive the initial grant.
Funds raised are tax-deductible and will go towards a fundraising Assistant and Director– Sponsorship/Corporate Relationships, events, seminars and workshops and essential IT resources.
Matched funds will be distributed in a first come, first served basis so we need your help urgently.
If you wish to support Art Collective WA and donate please email us on email@example.com or click here.
Congratulations Eveline KotaiNovember 1, 2013
The City of Perth has acquired Spectrum on Black Muslin from her recent exhibition at Art Collective WA