Thursday, August 30, 2012

VISIT > Feminage. The logic of feminist collage

Paula do Prado's work Sepia Siren has been included in a new group exhibition at Cross Arts Projects - Feminage:The logic of feminist collage.

Paula do Prado, Sepiasiren, 2012 (series of 16). Vintage paper collage, each 24 x 33cm

Contemporary Art and Curatorial Platforms
8 Llankelly Place, Kings Cross Sydney 2011 

2 August to 15 September 2012
Opening: Saturday 4 August at 3pm

Artists: Karla Dickens, Elizabeth Gower, Emily Hunt, Mehwish Iqbal, Deborah Kelly, Fiona MacDonald, Paula do Prado, Sangetta Sandrasegar, Sally Smart, Tai Snaith, Nancy Spero, Jemima Wyman.
'Each artist adopts collage as radical verb, embracing collision and weaving and an affective spectrum running from the slow pulse of stitch and weave to sharp, kinetic shock. Here, paper itself is the matter — ground, split, flayed and then re-stitched.'

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

VISIT > Eveline Kotai - Infinate Threads 

Last week I visited the Connie Dietzschold  Gallery in East Sydney.  There is a wonderful show there at the moment called Infinate Threads by Perth based artist Eveline Kotai.  Kotai influenced by Agnes Martin has stitched rows and rows of canvas onto canvas. The works are subtle and provocative and profoundly moving.  It was very interesting for me to find another artist working with textile processes and drawing a connection to the repetition in Agnes Martins work.  The repetitive nature of making is embedded in Kotai's work.  I felt that her work held me in the same way that the minimal works of Agnes Martin have been described to hold the viewer. 

To read the review by John McDonald in the Sydney Morning Herald Click here.

To visit the web site of Eveline Kotai go to

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

MAKE > paper bags with friends

Our first collaborative project as a collective has begun: Paper bags with friends!

We each begin with a paper bag and then alter it with stitching, drawing, tearing, dyeing, puncturing, painting, marking, repairing... then we pass it on to another member of the collective.

Do you use Pinterest? We have started a collaborative Pin board full of paper bag inspiration here.
My favourite image on the pin board so far is a work by Yuken Teruya. Teruya is an artist based in New York who creates intricate paper cuts. His work Notice - Forest a collection of trees sculpted from shopping bags is currently showing at the Art Gallery of NSW as part of the Biennale of Sydney. It is definitely worth a visit!

 images from here

More info on the project coming soon!
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