Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Travelling light

Yet again, I've had a somewhat manic end to the school term - funny how things happen all at once.  I've had quite a bit going on in the background and will be sharing with you as news arises and things happen.
Image by Nerina Lascelles, Yugen exhibition
My client The Light Factory Gallery in Eltham has two new exhibitions opening from tomorrow and running until 11 May - Yugen by Nerina Lascelles and Traveling light by Jessie Pittard - both artists are from Nillumbik and both come from creative families.  Nerina is an accomplished artist who has been exhibiting in Australia and internationally for over 20 years.  Her paintings are part of private collections in Australia, Singapore, the United Kingdom, America and Japan.  She recently completed an artist's residency at Dunmoochin in Cottlesbridge and has been invited to become a Director of The Dunmoochin Foundation, a residency program for emerging artists and researchers.  I love her Asian and nature-inspired work - her mixed media paintings consider space and stillness, articulated through the use of gold and silver leaf, screen-printed patterns and encaustic wax.  Delicate phrases and Japanese Haiku poetry accompany her works encouraging the viewer to acknowledge the simplicity and beauty inherent in all things.
Image by Jessie Pittard, Traveling light exhibition
Meanwhile emerging artist Jessie Pittard aims to highlight the delicate balance between abundance and excess with her quirky works looking at the incidental moments in our lives and how we choose to approach them.  Jessie has been immersed in art from a young age, growing up surrounded by artists and after completing high school moving into Fine Arts, studying Printmaking at RMIT TAFE and later RMIT University.  She has participated in print exchanges and regularly exhibited in groups shows since 2006.  In 2013, she won the Ceramics Victoria Acquisitive Decal Award and currently works in her Eltham North Studio continuing to explore the relationship between 2D and 3D printed form.
The Lego Movie Avant Card postcard
Lots of changes ahead for the gallery and I'll let you know about that when I can.  I was thinking yesterday when meeting with my other ongoing client Pat Mackle at Avant Card how lucky I am to be able to write about some of the things I do on their behalf - interesting events, art and cultural institutions, cool cafes and the latest things happening in Melbourne and other cities around Australia.  My boys can't wait to see The Lego Movie and I just wanted to include a pic of the very cute spinning wheel card that Avant Card has done for the movie currently being distributed around the country throughout their exclusive venue network.  More tomorrow!

Nb. The Lego Movie postcard was Avant Card's 2014 Postcard of the Year.

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