Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art55 North Terrace Adelaide 5000
The Ocean After Nature – 3 March – 9 June 2017
Countercurrents – 3 March – 14 April 2017
“…The Ocean After Nature is like a diver, breaking the surface to plumb the depths of our perceptions.” Wendy Vogel, Frieze magazine, 2016
The Samstag Museum of Art is delighted to present two special exhibitions for the 2017 Adelaide Festival of Arts. The Ocean After Nature and Countercurrents feature the work of twenty-three Australian and international artists and collaborations, exploring our relationship with and connections to the oceans through new media, sculpture, installation, painting and photography.
Presented in partnership with Independent Curators International, New York, The Ocean After Nature reflects on the complicated planetary effects that humanity and the oceans have on each other today. In response to that project, the Samstag Museum of Art has invited a number of artists – each with a connection to Australia, New Zealand and/or the Pacific Islands – to probe the unique implications of this complex relationship for our region in the compelling Countercurrents exhibition.
The Ocean After Nature features work by Allan Sekula & Noël Burch, as well as Rosa Barba, Ursula Biemann, CAMP, Yonatan Cohen & Rafi Segal, Mati Diop, Maria Domenica Rapicavoli, Drexciya, Peter Fend, Reneé Green, Peter Hutton, Hyung S. Kim, Manny Montelibano, Deimantas Narkevicius, The Otolith Group, Ulrike Ottinger, Supersudaca and United Brothers.
Countercurrents features the work of Daniel Boyd, Baden Pailthorpe, Alex Seton, Fiona Tan, Angela Tiatia, James Tylor, and Ken & Julia Yonetani.
Arnold Street Gallery189 Arnold Street, Bendigo 3550
Elizabeth Nelson, Solstice, Works on Paper
31st January – 11th February, 2017
Launch Thursday 2nd February, 6-8pm
The longest day of the year is the summer solstice. For ancient societies the summer solstice was a time of great significance and the cause of celebration. It reflected the timeless cycle of seasons and our place within Nature.
For me the summer solstice evokes languid days of midsummer, a hazy atmosphere of glare and stillness. A sense of time slowing, and a heightened awareness of place and moment. The chant of cicadas hypnotises. Despite the drowsy, dreamy atmosphere the birds cackle and sing, and insects scurry about their business.
Kain White, Odyssey
14th – 25th February 2017
Exhibition Launch—Thursday 16th February 2017 6—8 pm
White’s recent work is a combination of wildly decorative symbolic imagery and astronomic motifs. It is a culmination of exploration and experimentation inspired by viewing the stars.
Art Gallery of New South WalesArt Gallery Rd, The Domain, Sydney, NSW 2000
Time, light, Japan
Japanese art 1990s to now
Until 30 April
Bask in and interact with Japanese art exploring time and light through video, photography, sound and installation from the 1990s to now.
Creative collective teamLab’s glittering Flowers and People – Gold 2015 is shown at the Gallery for the first time. Each interaction with this immersive work is unique as flowers bloom and fade in response to the presence of viewers.
Another recent acquisition on display is Yasumasa Morimura’s Las meninas reborn in the night 2013, a series of eight sumptuous photographs taken over the course of a night at the Prado Museum. The images recreate moments from the famous 1656 painting Las meninas by Diego Velázquez – with Morimura playing all roles including Velázquez.
Also on display are collection favourites such as Akio Makigawa’s bronze and onyx installation Garden of desire V 1995 and Tatsuo Miyajima’s eternally counting Region no 126701 – 127000 1991.
For full exhibition details visit www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au
Art Gallery of Western AustraliaPerth Cultural Centre, Perth WA 6000
Luminous: 15 Years of the Tom Malone Prize
Opens 11 Mar
Now in its fifteenth year, the Tom Malone Prize is a highly respected and eagerly anticipated event for contemporary Australian glass artists. An acquisitive prize, each year’s winning entry becomes a part of the State Art Collection. Featuring this year’s 10 short-listed artists: Marc Leib, Jamie Worsley, Kevin Gordon, Blanche Tilden, Lisa Cahill, Brenden Scott French, Richard Whiteley, Tom Moore, Silvana Ferrario and Jenni Kamarre Martiniello. The exhibition will include this year’s shortlist and the works from all past winners of the Prize.
Everyone has a history – Part One: Plain Speak
Until 13 Aug
Some artists just have to speak. Some stories need to be told. Plain Speak launches a new annual series at AGWA, Everyone has a history, presenting compelling personal stories told through art. The inaugural show puts Indigenous artists in the spotlight. Artists include; Vernon Ah Kee, Tony Albert, Michael Cook, Brenda L Croft, Sandra Hill, Lesley Murray and Christopher Pease.
WA Focus – Helen Grey-Smith
Until 19 Mar
Centenary celebration of a remarkable mid-century textile designer.
Year 12 Perspectives 2016
Until 2 Apr
Your yearly taste of art by some of the best, brightest and most talented graduating high school artists in the State. In 2017, the Year 12 Perspectives exhibition celebrates its 25th year and the show is also highlighting alumni who have become professional practitioners in the visual arts, including video interviews with previous finalists across the years.
Micro Galleries – Garden and Sky
The second instalment of the Wesfarmers Collection display, focuses on the idea of landscape and what contemporary explorations of the theme can show us about our place, tastes and traditions. Artists featured are Pantjiti Mary McLean, Patrick Mung Mung, George Haynes, Howard Taylor, Brad Rimmer, Tony Clark and William Delafield Cook.
Objects Gallery – Gifts to the Fallen
Until 9 Jul
A pragmatic and sentimental response to death, and the ceremonies around it, from an Aboriginal perspective.
Craft & Design Gallery – Resonant Objects
Until 20 May
This dedicated space allows for AGWA to express the many ways that craft and design practitioners use their materials to engage with the world.
Bendigo Living Arts SpaceLiving Arts Space at the Bendigo Visitor Centre, 51-67 Pall Mall Bendigo, 3550
Ag Art Wear Display
Creative Country Couture
February 15 – April 23 2017
Designer garments made from agricultural materials.
A selection of fabulous and imaginative outfits are currently on display in the Living Arts Space at the Bendigo Visitor Centre including award-winning designs entered into the Ag Art Wear competition at the 2016 Elmore Agricultural Field Days.
This display has been an annual event at the Elmore Field Days for many years and every year sees intriguing and masterfully produced wearable creations arriving on the catwalk. A must see if you like to mix creative, inventive and artistic altogether with a touch of farming, fashion and fun!
Open 9am-5pm daily (Closed Christmas Day)
Bowie BookathonCastlemaine Library, 212 Barker St, Castlemaine VIC 3450
Castlemaine State Festival
Filming: Saturday 18 March 10:30am-12.30pm
Screening: Saturday 25 March 10:30am-12.30pm
David Bowie told Vanity Fair that reading was his idea of perfect happiness. In 2013 he wrote a list of his 100 favourite books.
Bowie Bookathon is a commemoration and sharing of David Bowie’s taste in literature. To celebrate his ultimate booklist and the legendary man himself, we have set ourselves the challenge of reading as many of Bowie’s favourite reads as possible. This project is conducted in partnership with the Goldfields Library Corporation.
David Bowie’s list can be viewed here.
Bowie Bookathon participants are encouraged to dress up in Bowie-inspired clothing and make up, and come to the Castlemaine Library on Saturday 18 March between 10.30am and 12.30pm to be filmed by Trouble Magazine. The resulting footage will be screened on Saturday 25 March at the Castlemaine Library.
Bowie Bookathon is presented in partnership with the Goldfields Library Corporation.
Castlemaine Art Museum14 Lyttleton Street, Castlemaine 3450
John Nixon: EPW
17 March – 25 June
Presenting a recent selection from John Nixon’s Experimental Painting Workshop, the artist’s ongoing interrogation of the essence of painting.
Mon, Wed-Fri 10.00am-5.00pm, Sat-Sun & Public Holidays 12.00pm-5.00pm
Closed on Tuesdays