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Hugo Michell Gallery | Adelaide SA
11 march - 10 april 2021
This timely body of work continues my exploration into the poetic potential of the simple and ubiquitous bar of soap. A small yet quietly powerful object that has gathered heightened meaning during the last 12 months. Using the mimetic qualities of clay via the process of slip casting, this sunlight series interacts with ideas of liquid made solid. The porcelain casts remember the almost obsolete objects; the liquid yellow slip solidifies becoming a precise memory of a past form - a ghost.
Yellow and its many shades, is a colour I find myself especially drawn towards and I am currently embracing a yellow phase: mustard, lemon, chartreuse, citrine, straw, ochre, gold, daffodil, sunshine, canary, saffron, turmeric, honey, sulphur.
Emotive and joyous, it is the colour of sunshine, enlightenment and hope, used by ancient cultures to embody and harness the divine power of the sun. Yellow is also the colour of ‘Sunlight soap', one of the first bar soaps to be individually packaged and marketed for the masses in 1884, and still available today, “gentle on hands, and everything they wash”.
Yet yellow has a conflicted past as a duplicitous colour associated with cowardice, jealousy, dishonour and greed. I encountered a more sinister side as I leant into the pandemic, researching archives from the 1918 Spanish flu and exploring the history of soap, hand washing and quarantine. Historically, yellow was used internationally on maritime signal flags to symbolise quarantine in a port, on the flags flown on ships to signal a diseased vessel, and the colour of SOS cards and cloth used to mark homes of infection. Curiously, when the yellow flag is flown today, it signals the opposite — a ship free from disease and requesting pratique.
A fitting colour palette for a pandemic. I’m taking the sunny side. A ray of sunlight to illuminate the gloom.
T h e S t u d y
17 march - 10 april 2021
Sabbia's stable of artists have been asked to create or release smaller scale study pieces for this exhibition.
A smaller artwork allows the artist to explore elements or problems that might be involved with creating a piece, and allows them to finesse the work at this planning stage. They might troubleshoot light/transparency, colour, tone or form or use the time in the studio where they set no expectations for outcomes, and are able to work more with intuition/heart.
including works by:
Galia Amsel | Clare Belfrage | Giles Bettison | Lisa Cahill | Cobi Cockburn | Matthew Curtis | Greg Daly | Mel Douglas | Pippin Drysdale | Ben Edols + Kathy Elliott | Judi Elliott | Wendy Fairclough | Cathy Franzi | Simone Fraser | Honor Freeman | Brenden Scott French | Gerry King | Jessica Loughlin | Jenni Kemarre Martiniello | Jeffery Mincham AM | Nick Mount | Tom Rowney | Janice Vitkovksy
Obsessed : Compelled to make
Australian Design Centre | touring until 2021
Currently on show at Ararat Gallery TAMA | 1 may – 18 july 2021
Obsessed: Compelled to make presents the work of 14 artists from across Australia, delving beyond the finished object, beyond the personality of the maker, into the fundamental conceptual framework of their creations. We look at the complexities of their materials and processes, the realities of their day-to-day studio routine and unravel what compels each maker to create over the course of their personal career – Why this technique or material? Why that concept? How does the mind of a maker work?
This exhibition explores the act of making through the framework of obsession – how it consumes us, carrying us along in its wake, colouring every aspect of our lives. With these professional artists, it is their obsessions, and all the associated angst, failures, breakthroughs and milestones, that feeds their productivity and to deliver exceptional outcomes.
Artists: Gabriella Bisetto | Lorraine Connelly-Northey | Honor Freeman | Jon Goulder | Kath Inglis | Laura McCusker | Elliat Rich and James B Young (Elbowrkshp) | Kate Rohde | Oliver Smith | Vipoo Srivilasa | Tjunkaya Tapaya | Louise Weaver | Liz Williamson.
Obsessed: Compelled to make is an Australian Design Centre of ADC on Tour exhibition touring to 12 venues across Australia, accompanied by a series of films and a full-length catalogue.
D e s i g n | I s o l a t e
26 november 2020 – 27 january 2021
Design/Isolate is an Australian Design Centre initiative to show how creative thought can help lead the way for change. Over 60 designers/creative thinkers have captured their thoughts in sketches, diagrams, drawings, text or collage on COVID-19, isolation, what ‘a new normal’ in Australia might look like, how they are affected and how design might contribute to recovery post-pandemic.
The project began as an experiment. At Easter time in the midst of lockdown in Sydney, 100 journals were sent to 100 creative people, asking them to document something of their time during Isolation in analogue form in a modest sketchbook. To read someone’s journal is a privilege. Sometimes done in secret, without permission, or long after a person has gone, this is a rare insight into the very recent thoughts of designers, makers, artists, architects as they have lived alongside all of us through this tumultuous year.
Dianne Beevers | Zoe Brand | Deborah Burdett | Lisa Cahill | Elise Cakebread | Maria-Fernanda Cardoso | Tulla Carson | Sebastian Chan | Sacha Coles | Rhys Cooper | Corban & Blair | Daniel-Emma | Anna Davern | Tracey Deep | Bin Dixon-Ward | Paula do Prado | Kate Dunn | Eggpicnic | Alexi Freeman | Honor Freeman | Garbett Design | Maddison Gibbs | Stephen Goddard | Dennis Golding | Mark Gowing | Blake Griffiths | Christian Hall | Benja Harney | David Holm | Michael Hoppe | Pennie Jagiello | Taerim Claire Jeon | Rebecca Jobson | Mark Ian Jones | Pia Larsen | Andrew Lavery | Stefan Lie | Peter Lonergan | Nikita Majajas | Claire McCaughan | Nicole Monks | Damon Moon | Julie Paterson | Fiona Roderick | Natalie Rosin | Tim Ross | Liane Rossler | Niklavs Rubenis | Melissa Silk | Lucy Simpson | Vipoo Srivilasa | Jane Theau | Bic Tieu | Isabelle Aileen Toland | Prue Venables | Zoe Veness | Harriet Watts | Louise Weaver | Liz Williamson | Jason Wing | Helen Wyatt | Melinda Young
D o m e s t i c B l i s s
Newcastle Art Gallery | functional works from the collection
28 November 2020 – 31 January 2021
This exhibition brings together renowned ceramic artists who adeptly play with the conventions of functional ware, displayed alongside a new generation of contemporary practitioners.
Domestic and functional wares represent many aspects of life; the flower vase for ceremony and remembrance, the platter shared in celebration, and tea bowls representing culturally diverse tradition and customs. The bond of sharing a pot of tea is part of everyday life, it can become a daily ritual and provide a source of nurture and comfort.
Honor Freeman creates deceptive works that mimic 1960s Tupperware and Gwyn Hanssen Pigott’s (1935–2013) still lifes take cues from artists such as Giorgio Morandi and Chinese masters. The skill of the Hermannsburg potters transform jars into expansive desert landscapes and a new acquisition to the Newcastle Art Gallery’s collection by Tony Albert marks the problematic 250th anniversary of Captain Cook.
Domestic Bliss elevates everyday ceramics as works of art and reveals the artists transnational stories of place and identity. It showcases the breadth of practice in our City’s leading collection of over 900 ceramic works of art ranging from Australian Post War studio to Japanese ceramics.
Fisher's Ghost Art Award
Soap scale (warm) has been selected as a finalist in this years Fisher's Ghost Art Award
Fisher’s Ghost Art Award is an annual art prize inviting artists to submit works in a variety of artistic categories and mediums. With a total of $38,000 in prize money to be won, the Open section is acquisitive to the Campbelltown City Council collection and is valued at $25,000.
The Fisher’s Ghost Art Award coincides with Campbelltown’s annual Festival of Fisher’s Ghost. Held over 10 days, the Festival dates back to 1956 and celebrates Australia’s most famous ghost – Frederick Fisher.
In the past the Open Award has been awarded to some of Australia’s most respected contemporary artists including Elisabeth Cummings, Khaled Sabsabi, Justene Williams, David Bromley, Marion Borgelt, Raquel Ormella, Philip Wolfhagen, Tina Havelock Stevens and most recently Brian Fuata.
A G S A a c q u i s i t i o n
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G h o s t O b j e c t s | T h e C o l l e c t i o n s P r o j e c t
So pleased that Things I know you've touched, 2019, has been been acquired by the Art Gallery of South Australia for the permanent collection.
Produced during the Collections Project residency in 2019, and part of a suite of works for the exhibition Ghost Objects, Things I know you’ve touched is a collection of 114 slipcast porcelain used soaps. The cracks are carefully sealed with gold lustre, transforming them into golden seams, referencing the Japanese art of Kintsugi, the tradition of repairing with gold and lacquer.
This acquisition was made possible through the support of the Contemporary Collectors, a dynamic philanthropic group dedicated to championing Australian contemporary artists and enriching the growth of AGSA's collection of contemporary art.
creative techniques of 100 great artists
Compiled by Louisa Taylor | Published by Thames & Hudson
Thrilled to have my work included in the 2020 publication Ceramics Masterclass : creative techniques of 100 great artists, by Louisa Taylor.
Ceramics Masterclass examines 100 great pieces of ceramics from history and explores how they were made what they do well and what we learn from them. The subject of ceramics is steeped in history and tradition. For thousands of years humans have exploited the versatile qualities of clay as a material to produce items ranging from humble utilitarian vessels integral to family living, right through to exquisite works of art. Louisa Taylor explores this diverse discipline by showcasing 100 of the most innovative and inspiring artists past and present, analysing the techniques and methods used to create the works, and the concepts which underpin their creative process. The book shows how to recreate intricate still-life dioramas like fifteenth-century artist Bernard Palissy, explore narrative like Grayson Perry and convey sensitivity to material like Phoebe Cummings.
Arranged thematically, Ceramics Masterclass includes chapters on vessels, form and surface, function, figurative works, one-offs and installations.
Explores the artistic process, methodology and techniques of 100 great artists In-depth ceramic techniques section covering skills integral to working with clay Includes historical and contemporary examples Represents a global perspective of the field, including dynamic and ground-breaking approaches to clay Perfect for students, amateur ceramicists and professionals, this book will represent a global perspective of historical and contemporary approaches to clay and be a catalyst for discovery and intrigue.
Small Gifts for Street Corners
10 august - 11 october | SALA Festival 2020
Louise Flaherty + Honor Freeman
During this unique time Louise Flaherty and Honor Freeman playfully gift their work to the streets of their neighbourhood as part of SALA Festival 2020.
United by their keen eye for observing the small and unnoticed. Louise for remembering the remnant grassland that once existed in the Western suburbs of Adelaide and Honor for noticing the invisible everyday and ordinary. The two artists based in the Western Suburbs of Adelaide invite you to jump on a bike or take a meander on foot through the streets of their neighbourhood to uncover small gifts for street corners. Small artworks installed around the western suburbs of Allenby Gardens, Beverley, Kilkenny, Croydon, West Croydon and Woodville Park. A wink to those noticing the small things.
G h o s t O b j e c t s
AGSA gallery 16 | 27 July - 27 October 2019
The Guildhouse Collections Project with Art Gallery of South Australia
Freeman’s practice commemorates the smaller moments that are a constant rhythm of the everyday. Working in porcelain, she harnesses the mimetic qualities inherent in clay through the magic of slip casting, creating works that interact with ideas of liquid made solid. The porcelain casts echo the original objects; the liquid slip turns solid and becomes a precise memory of a past form – a ghost.
For this project, Freeman researched mourning objects and works of art that offer solace for grief within the Art Gallery of South Australia’s vast collection. Ghost objects responds to vessels and materials once used to collect tears of the mourning while, while simultaneously interrogating contemporary everyday materials that dry or wipe away tears, such as handkerchiefs or vessels that metaphorically collect tears, such as buckets.
The Guildhouse Collections Project is delivered in partnership with the Art Gallery of South Australia and is supported by the University of South Australia.
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.
S t i l l : national still life award
20 september - 30 november 2019 | Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery
Small Acts of Care has been selected as a finalist in this years national still life award
Still is a biennial, acquisitive award for artworks in the genre of still life, in all mediums. The Award seeks to highlight the diversity and vitality of still life in Australian contemporary art practice, broadening the interpretation and meaning of this enduring genre.
The exhibition opens on Friday 20th September 2019, with the official opening on Saturday 21st September and winner announced by this years judge Rebecca Coates (Director, Shepparton Art Museum), and runs until Saturday 16th November 2019.
Congratulations to all the finalists and this year's winner Kelly Austin
Phil Alldis, Corrie Furner, Louise Allerton, Salvatore Gerardi, Kelly Austin, Jane Gerrish, Sue Bell, Warwick Gilbert, Stephen Bird, Myfanwy Gullifer, John Bokor, Andrew Hickinbotham, Sara Bowen, Sally Hook, Janine Brody, Julie Hutchings, Kelcie Bryant-Duguid, Susan Jacobsen, Fran Callen, Jane James, Brett Canet-Gibson, Susan Knight and Trevor Mein, Carol Christie, Suzanne Knight, Christine Courcier-Jones, Catherine Lane and Linelle Stepto, Madeleine Cruise, Marie Mansfield, Fiona Currey-Billyard, Donna Marcus, Michael Cusack, Nicola Moss, Jo Darvall, NOT, Sally Davis, Victoria Reichelt, Rachel Doller, Ignacio Rojas, Kate Dorrough, Daniel Sherington, Christine Druitt-Preston, Asahi So, Scott Duncan, Stephanie Theobald, Helen Earl, Gerry Wedd, Michele Elliot, Greg Weight, Ben Fayle, Jo White, Sharman Feinberg, JP Willis, Robert Fenton, Amanda Wolf, Christopher Zanko
S A L A Festival
Advertiser Contemporary Art Award 2019
Soap Scale has been selected as a finalist in this years national still life award
Pleased to be selected as a finalist in this year’s SALA Advertiser Contemporary Art Award alongside a great line up folk, including: Thom Buchanan, Mirjana Dobson, James Dodd, Joseph Haxan, Anna Horne, Kate Kurucz, Yoko Lowe, Monika Morgenstern, Derek Sargent, Jane Skeer, Drew Spangenberg and Amy Joy Watson.
Guildhouse & Art Gallery of South Australia
AGSA | SALA Festival 2019
I'm thrilled to have been invited to delve into the vast collection of the Art Gallery of South Australia as part of The Collections Project, a collaboration between Guildhouse and the Art Gallery of South Australia (AGSA). This unique residency provides me with the opportunity to access and research the extensive collection of the Art Gallery of South Australia to develop new work for exhibition. The new work will be exhibited at AGSA in 2019, coinciding with South Australian Living Artists Festival (SALA).
In this preliminary research phase a recurring theme of ghosts (the invisible, the unknown makers, the disappeared) has emerged as I explore objects found in ancient Roman tombs, ritual objects, objects of mourning and pieces that show proudly the signs of mending and repair.
Deakin University Contemporary Small Sculpture Award
2019 finalists announced
Everyday Luxury, has been selected in this year’s Deakin University Contemporary Small Sculpture Award
In the tenth year of the award, 41 finalists were selected by the judges, Leanne Willis Manager, Art Collection and Galleries, Deakin University, artist and sculptor Louise Weaver and Professor Ted Snell, Chief Cultural Officer and Director of the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery at the University of Western Australia.
This year’s finalists:
Adam John Cullen, Alan Constable, Ali McCann, Amber Smith, Anne Levitch, Ara Dolatian, Carly Fischer, Carolyn Menzies, Catherine Bell, Chris Bond, Donna Marcus, Fiona Abicare, Geoff Overheu
Gisela Zuchner-Mogall, Hiromi Tango, Honey Long & Prue Stent, Honor Freeman, Jacqueline Bradley, Jasmine Taregett, Jock Clutterbuck, John Nicholson, Julia Kennedy-Bell, Kate Ellis, Kris Coad, Louis Pratt, Louise Meuwissen, Megan Evans, Michael Doolan, Michael Meszaros, Nuha Saad, Pip Ryan, Rob Mcleish, Robert Owen, Rox De Lucu, Ruby Aitchison, Sassy Park, Sea’mus Heidenreich, Sharon West, Suro Herlambang, Takahiko Sugawara, Vipoo Srivilasa
Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize
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My silver lining runneth over, has been selected in this year's Woollahra small sculpture prize.
Sydney, Australia: The Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, presented by Woollahra Council, today announced 48 emerging and established artists as finalists for the 18th annual Prize and exhibition. The finalist group was selected from 666 entries this year including artists from Australia, India and the United Kingdom highlighting the Prize’s growing international reputation.
The innovative submissions – each for a freestanding sculpture of up to 80cm in any dimension – were selected by a judging panel comprised of Australian arts administrator Michael Lynch AO CBE and Director of independent art advisory LoveArt, Amanda Love.
Annabell Amagula (NT) Uri Auerbach (NSW) Lincoln Austin (QLD) James and Eleanor Avery (QLD) Karen Black (QLD) Tom Blake (NSW) Lauren Brincat (NSW) Bonita Bub (NSW) Alison Clouston (NSW) Steven Cybulka (SA) Karl de Waal (QLD) Paula Dunlop (QLD) Jamie Edward (TAS) Shane Forrest (NSW) Danielle Freakley (VIC) Honor Freeman (SA) Rebecca Gallo (NSW) Mathieu Gallois (NSW) Amala Groom (NSW) Neeraj Gupta (INDIA) Lee Harrop (NT) Anna Horne (SA) Mehwish Iqbal (NSW) Robbie Karmel (NSW) Lucinda Kirkby (VIC) Jasper Knight (NSW) Matilda Kubany-Deane (NSW) Hannah Lees (VIC) Jess MacNeil (UK) Will Maguire (NSW) Rocket Mattler (NSW) Anne-Marie May (VIC) John Nicholson (NSW) Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran (NSW) Kirsten Perry (VIC) Eloise Rankine (NSW) Tim Silver (NSW) Katie Stackhouse (VIC) Abdullah Syed M I (NSW) Julian Talarico (NSW) Sherna Teperson (NSW) Linda Davy and Tim Barrass (ACT) John Tuckwell (NSW) Brendan Van Hek (NSW) Craig Waddell (NSW) Fiona Watson (NSW) Min Wong (WA) Ken and Julia Yonetani (NSW).
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Melbourne | The Hotel Windsor | 1 - 4 August 2018
SPRING1883 returns to The Hotel Windsor from 1-4 August 2018, as part of Melbourne Art Week, and coinciding with the Melbourne Art Fair. The fifth edition of SPRING1883 will see 24 galleries showcasing the best contemporary art from the region and beyond across the four luxurious levels of Melbourne’s grandest heritage hotel.
Jan Murphy Gallery’s booth for Spring 1883 is curated around the theme of the ‘hotel’, and responds to the Windsor’s unique history, architecture and décor, in anticipation of its imminent redevelopment.
Featuring the work of Gerwyn Davies | Leah Emery | Honor Freeman | Claudia Greathead | Linda Ivimey | Juz Kitson | Ben Quilty.