Janet Tavener at Gosford Regional Gallery
- Janet Tavener and Rew Hanks: In the Ice, 2018
14 April to 20 May
In early 2017 artists Janet Tavener and Rew Hanks undertook a three-month artist residency in Iceland. The work produced for this exhibition is inspired by their journey and expresses their shared concern for the effect of climate change on the regions within the Arctic Rim.
During the residency Tavener photographed many of the vanishing glaciers and ice caves of Iceland. Her second series of work responds to the vulnerability of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, Norway. Hanks's hand-coloured linocuts highlight the dramatic decline of the puffin populations of Iceland and the imbalance of marine ecosystems in the North Atlantic Sea caused by the high density of plastic pollutants.
Robert Boynes and Waratah Lahy at Canberra Museum and Gallery
- Celebration: 20 years of collecting visual art at CMAG, 2018
24 March to 17 June
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This exhibition showcases the rich collections of visual art at the Canberra Museum and Gallery (CMAG). In its 20-year history CMAG has built a collection of objects with a unique focus, which reflects both the creative breadth of its artists and the historical context of art in the Canberra region – this corner of south-eastern Australia that includes the nation’s capital, the southern tablelands, the Monaro plains and a number of towns and hamlets.
The exhibition includes historical and contemporary Canberra region art by more than 100 established and emerging artists, representing CMAG’s holdings of painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking, drawing, digital art, ceramics, glass, textiles, metalware and jewellery.
Peter Tilley at The University of Newcastle Gallery
- Seeing the Shadow, 2018
21 March to 14 April
The elusive, insubstantial nature of the shadow lends itself to metaphor, myth and legend, with its signi cance contemplated by human consciousness throughout history. Shadows appear as essences of the soul - the externalisation of the inner self - as guides or advisors. In Jungian psychology, shadows contain parts of ourselves that are suppressed, denied, or unfavourable.
For his PhD research, Peter Tilley examines the theory and philosophy of shadow, developing and utilising an array of materials, found objects, symbols and methods that enable the construction of shadows to visually or symbolically disclose fundamental traits and mnemonics of the ‘casting’ figure.
The resulting sculptures become complex representations that explore illusions of certainty, memory and imagination - the mysteries of the unknown - and the fundamental identity and attributes of the figure/self.
Todd Fuller at Gympie Regional Gallery
- How to Raise a Siren, 2018
10 January to 24 February
Todd Fuller's hand drawn films have been captivating audiences since 2010. His unique style of animation combines analogue film-making methodologies with drawing and painting techniques. In 2016 Todd Fuller created the animation how to raise a siren, which begins with the unlikely incident of a small seacow falling from the sky at Sydney's Bondi beach. The mammal is caught in a jar by a young boy, which is the start of a lifelong companionship. The non-linear narrative considers themes of conservation, imagination, time, liberation, loss and freedom. This mesmerising animation belongs to a highly accessible body of work of the same theme that will compel audiences of all ages. Todd Fuller, the artist, is represented by MAY SPACE, Sydney.