Exchange exhibition catalogue. Essay by Jacqueline Houghton


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Exchange exhibition catalogue. Essay by Jacqueline Houghton

  1. 1. EXCHANGE55 artists from regionaland metropolitan areasaround Australia.110 small scale art works.Exhibition and Art Swap. Gatakers Artspace 311 Kent Street Maryborough QldCurated by Amanda van Gils Wed 3rd - Wed 30th Sat 5th Nov, 2pm
  2. 2. F ew artists would deny Ah, La Belle Epoche. But romantic Regional Queensland. There she their work to a new audience and an occasional, wistful notions aside, the studio remains a experienced firsthand life as an provides the local community with hankering for La Belle solitary place where one engages artist far from the creative hub of an opportunity to engage withEpoche - ‘the good old days’ with his or her elusive muse. capital cities. She now resolved a broad cross-section of qualityof the legendary Parisian cafe Moments of frustration, doubts to promote an active, vibrant contemporary art.scene in the years leading up to and breakthroughs fluctuate in interaction - or exchange - not onlythe outbreak of WWI. There, repetitive cycles. Relationships between artists, but within regional The Annual Art Swap started fourin the steep village streets of with galleries and concerns about communities as well. By the end of years ago as a means for artistsMontmartre and across the exhibition opportunities - or lack that year this connective spirit was to connect and get to know eachriver Seine in Montparnasse, of - are pondered in silence. celebrated in a major exhibition other’s work as well as enablingartists from many lands set The communal meeting place of curated by van Gils at the Art them to build up a personalup tiny studios minutes away a local cafe or bar is perhaps no Gallery of Ballarat. Net Work: thefrom each other. The local cafe longer a stroll away yet artists TLF Exhibition showcased 100played a crucially important being the resourceful and creative works by 38 contemporary artists.part in the life of the artist. It individuals they are, have found Amanda van Gils’ unceasingwas a meeting ground for the new ways to come together. It ‘arts activism’ is once again incross-fertilisation of ideas and would be rare these days to find a evidence with The Exchangegathering of information. Here studio that doesn’t have a computer exhibition at the Gatakers Artspacethe avant-garde gathered to plan and digital camera close at hand. in Maryborough, Queensland.exhibitions and find patrons In embracing current technology The exhibition has a threefoldand publishers. Artists swapped artists now share experiences, purpose: it encompasses the fourththeir works and often proffered exchange ideas and information Annual Art Swap in which artiststhem in exchange for art - and occasionally their art - via exchange works with each other;materials or perhaps just a cyberspace concourse. gives artists the occasion to showglass of absinthe. Not since 7 The artists in Exchange comprise athe Renaissance had painters, network of online contacts residingwriters, musicians and actors in diverse metropolitan andlived and worked together in regional areas around Australia. Itsuch an atmosphere of creative seems that the mute keyboard andferment and collaboration. computer screen has of necessity,Over a century has passed replaced the lively exchangebut artists the world over across a cafe table as the means ofhave continued to seek the garnering “encouragement, supportcamaraderie and exchange of and stimulation”.ideas in inner city areas where At the beginning of 2010, Amandalow rents, pubs and ‘cheapeats’ could be found within van Gils relocated from hometown Melbourne to Hervey Bay inwalking distance. Alas, this way 15 16of life has all but disappeared,usurped by affluent folk desirousof a ‘slice of the colour’ thatsuch bohemian communitiesengender. One by one, the oldwarehouses, factories and tinycottages that once quarteredstudios have been acquiredby developers and renovators,forcing artists further and furtherafield - and apart. 25 26 27
  3. 3. 1 2 3 48 9 10 1117 18 19 2028 29 30 31
  4. 4. 1. Kim Anderson 11. Amy Clarke 2. Aliey Ball 12. Simon Collins 3. Jan Berg 13. Jacqui Comer 4. Sue Beyer 14. Dagmar Cyrulla 5. Joseph Bezzina 15. Inga Dalrymple 6. Louise Blyton 16. Chris Delpratt 7. Mishka Borowski 17. Robert Fenton 8. Claire Bridge 18. Stefan Gevers 9. Susan Buret 19. Michelle Giacobello 10. Carmel Byrne 20. Triecia Gibney 21. Erika Gofton6 22. Alizon Gray 23. Tim Gresham 24. Brett Hayes 25. Debbie Hill 26. Belinda Johnstone 27. Gabrielle Jones 28. Meryn Jones 29. Julie Keating 30. Siobhan Kelley 31. Deborah Klein 32. Sue Kneebone 33. Emma Langridge 34. Sheena Larsen 35. Emma Lindsay13 1422 23 2433 34 35
  5. 5. 36 37 38 39 collection. The first swap was a simple affair of 12 artists swapping a small work, ‘kris kringle’ fashion, with each other. Up until now the works were simply posted to the recipient and never publicly displayed. The 2011 Annual Art Swap exhibited in Exchange, has works by 55 emerging and established artists. Pushing aesthetic boundaries, visually, 44 45 46 conceptually and in the use of materials, the works on display textures are orchestrated to convey present a wonderful spectrum a particular mood. Others strive for of creative expression. The a transcendence by investigating paintings, drawings, sculptures, conceptual space and minimalist constructions, collages, forms. Alternatively, certain artists photographs and digital pieces are grounded in the dynamics of give ample testimony to the everyday life or the relationships vitality of art in Australian today. between human habitation and Art illuminates life - it excites the environment. the senses and animates our The Exchange exhibition is a critical faculties. A deep veritable cornucopia of visual involvement with an artwork experience. The exchange of views 50 51 is rewarded not only with and artworks between widely an increased awareness of diverse and dispersed artists has presence of this prodigious body aesthetic possibilities, but it culminated in this significant of work we are charmed, inspired can extend our perception of exhibition at Gatakers Artspace. and occasionally challenged to socio-cultural issues. Regardless The exchange however, is only reflect on art and our common of the style employed, artists completed by an interaction existence in a new and completely seek to give pictorial voice to with the audience. Art is made enjoyable way. Time now to their individual perceptions of to communicate, to share engage in some lively cultural reality. Works of extraordinary observations, thoughts and feelings exchanges of our own! realism vie with abstractions about the inner and outer worlds, where gestural strokes, random and as such needs the viewer’s JACQUELINE HOUGHTON scratch marks, colours and response to give it life. In the 54
  6. 6. 40 41 42 43 36. Glenn Locklee 37. Vito Manfredi 38. V.R. Morrison 39. Nicola Moss 40. Deb Mostert 41. Ilona Nelson 42. Alexandre Prado 43. Chris Ramsey 44. Meaghan Shelton 45. Caitlin Street 46. Rosa Tato 47. Mark Threadgold47 48 49 48. Merryn J. Trevethan 49. Joanne Turner 50. Amanda van Gils 51. Steve Warburton 52. Irene Wellm 53. Ian Wells 54. Dominic White 55. Darian Zam52 53 Proudly Supported by BRISTOL BAY Design by FINANCIAL SERVICES Authorised Representative 325916 Shop 1, 69 Torquay Rd, Pialba Qld 4655 Telephone: 07 4194 2017 AAA Financial Intelligence Ltd ABN 23 093 616 445 AFSL 31247855