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2020

25 June

THE CORNER GALLERY

Was back at the Corner Gallery looking at Janet Kossy’s latest exhibition ‘SEEING RED’.

Speaking with Janet about her works there are several groups as part of this exhibition which are about her area Newtown, the recent bushfires, what she found on the footpath during the virus lockdown and the conversations that we all enjoy together.

Daily Wed 24 June – Tues 30 June and the exhibition maybe extended.

11 am – 6 pm (except early close on final day)

https://jankossy.wixsite.com/janetkossyart

https://www.facebook.com/events/609089326630740/

12 June 

THE CORNER GALLERY

Lockdown Landscapes is a photographic exhibition featuring works by Tony Egan and Adrian Cook on display at the Corner Gallery from the 11th to 21st June 2020.

Tony has been practicing photography seriously for over 30 years. His favourite medium is black and white film photography printed on silver gelatin paper in his own darkroom.

Black and white photographic film is essentially a minute layer of silver halides trapped in a layer of emulsion and when exposed to light, and later accelerated by a developing agent, forms an image of “negative” graduated grey tones.  His favourite subjects range from the dynamic atmosphere of live music, shooting fast and instinctively , to the contemplative landscapes which open up on long walks in more remote parts of the Australian bush and around the world.

To view an overview of Tony’s work please visit  https://tonyeganphotography.com/

Tony Egan’s darkroom studio offers a range of photography restoration and printing services including negative and slide scanning, dust/scratch removal, colour corrections and cropping.              visit:  http://www.silvertonestudio.com.au

Contact  Tony on 0407 709 660

Adrian is an award-winning portrait and documentary photographer and has worked for major advertising agencies and magazines worldwide for the last 25 years.  In early 2015, uninspired by the predictability and monotony of digital photography, Adrian began taking photographs using the wet plate collodion process in an effort to recreate the aesthetic qualities and characteristics lost with the demise of film.

To view an overview of Adrian’s work please visit  www.adriancookphotography.com

Contact Adrian on 0412 519 887

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2 June

ART GALLERY OF NSW

This is the piece that is inside the front doors before entering the main gallery as part of the Karla Kickens exhibition as part of the Biennale of Sydney, NIRIN.

The gallery opened for the first time since the COVID-19 shut down the day before my visit.  Having no idea what to expect there was so much to explore, sadly, hardly any people and loved wandering around, enjoying the spaces.  It was interesting to experience the gallery with so few general public there.

Here are some of my favourites and some I found more challenging.

SHADOW CATCHERS investigates the way shadows, body doubles and mirrors haunt our understanding of photography and the moving image.

A photograph is like a mirror, reflecting but also preserving a replica of the real. Like Alice’s looking glass, however, photographic images aren’t always exact transcriptions of reality. Their replicated scenes can bend the truth and bleed into illusion or abstraction.

Through photographs that use the mirror as a means of duplication and distortion, groups that operate as pictorial echoes, studies of split selves, and tributes to the looped structure of cinematic time, this exhibition contends with the complexity of the photographic and filmic mediums and the way images both reflect and refract reality.

SOME MYSTERIOUS PROCESS    50 years of collecting international contemporary art curated by Gallery director Michael Brand

Questions of what and how the Gallery collects underpins this exhibition of highlights from the international contemporary art collection, all acquired over the past 50 years.

The title quotes American artist Philip Guston musing on the act of making art: ‘There’s some mysterious process at work here which I don’t even want to understand.’ Guston’s painting East tenth 1977, features in the exhibition which asks: how does a public art museum collect the products of such mysterious human activity?

Some mysterious process weaves together multiple threads of history to tell the story of how the international contemporary collection has come together — through the alchemy of planning and serendipity, curation and philanthropy, and the evolution of societal expectations. In doing so, this exhibition provides a platform for thinking about future collecting as we look ahead to the completion of the Sydney Modern Project with its significant new spaces.

UNDER THE STARS  Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists highlight our shared understandings of the night sky.

This exhibition marks 250 years since Captain Cook landed at Kamay (Botany Bay). For his first voyage (1768-71), Cook had two main missions — to document the transit of Venus and to locate the ‘unknown southern land’. He documented the transit of Venus in 1769 and reached Kamay (Botany Bay) on 29 April 1770. Under the stars uses his first aim as a catalyst to bring to light the fascination with and the understandings of stars and the night sky.

With a focus on Indigenous knowledge, it presents an opportunity to explore – at a time when discussions of Cook will be dominated by questions of ownership – an expanse that is not owned and connects us all.

22nd BIENNALE of SYDNEY:  NIRIN

Ester Grau Quintana, Retaule dels penjats (Altarpiece of the Hanged People) 

Josep Grau-Garriga, Spain begun his artistic career in painting and drawing, when Grau-Garriga was still very young he became involved in the art of tapestry – a field which he would excel in from the late 1960s, as one of the leading proponents of the contemporary textile art movement.

More than 100 artists from 36 countries come together, across six venues, to take part in the major exhibition – while refuting the concepts that underpin it.  In the 22nd Biennale of Sydney, theme is everything. Curated by the Indigenous artist Brook Andrew, the title is Nirin – a Wiradjuri word meaning “edge” – with the accompanying public program titled Nirin Wir, or “edge of the sky”.

It was so nice to be back at the gallery and here are some other shots I took.

8 March 

An exhibition of drone and DSLR photographs of the Kimberley by Ivor Barnard

“Having been fascinated by the Ragged Ranges ever having since seen Richard Green’s photos, I have made several trips to the area over the last 5 or so years, approaching it by road, on foot and by helicopter.  About 80 km south of Kununurra, WA, in the eastern Kimberly, the range is not easily accessed, and there is precious little water.  The photos in this exhibition are the results of a trip made in winter 2019, exploring whether drone photography could provide teh aerial perspectives I was seeking”  Ivor Barnard

 

16 February

FIXED IN TIME Returns to The Corner Gallery

Showcasing various analogue, monochrome, photographic printing techniques using various image capture and printing techniques they have been  mastered over long careers.

The exhibition is a joint undertaking by four accomplished Australian photographers, each making images using different techniques:

Platinum palladium prints  |  Bob Kersey

Wet-plate works  |   Adrian Cook

Silver gelatine photographsTony Egan

Digital ink-jet prints  |  Philip Bell

26 January

AUSTRALIA DAY LIVE 2020

Sydney Opera House Forecourt and Circular Quay

Photographs Thérèse O’Leary &  Luisa Fernanda Marmolejo Mendoza

Aussie music icons Vanessa Amorosi, John Williamson, The Original Seekers, Eurovision star Isaiah Firebrace, along with rockers Eskimo Joe, singing star Christine Anu, 2019 The Voice winner Diana Rouvas, opera supremo Daniel Belle, talented Indigenous vocal group KARI and world-renowned didgeridoo player William Barton will move the crowd with their epic ballads, including patriotic and unifying songs such as ‘I Am Australian’. Artists will be accompanied by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

19 January

DODECALIS LUMINARIUM

Wander through the otherworldly interior of the Dodecalis Luminarium bathed in the radiant colours of daylight shining through its translucent fabric.  Architects of Air create enormous air-filled domes and mazes inspired by natural forms, geometric solids, and Islamic and Gothic architecture.  Designers Alan and Meko Parkinson’s creation expands on the geometry of a dodecahedron, with three jaw-dropping Dodecadomes joined by a web of tunnels, awash in intense, neon-bright natural light. 

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