DEAN SMITH: PINK TERRACES
We are delighted to present Dean Smith's second solo exhibition with Alcaston Gallery. A masterful ceramic artist, Smith has achieved global recognition for his exquisite scuptural ceramics and glazing techniques.
Of his forthcoming exhibition the artist states:The Pink Terrace was once a large and beautiful silica deposit in New Zealand, created by chance and destroyed by chance, possibly by an eruption of Mount Tarawera. A place exists and then doesn’t exist. For this exhibition I have made some slab-built vessels, moving away from the familiarity of the wheel-thrown form as the sole basis for my work. As I build the work my thoughts are around structures, chambers or tombs - permanent structures housing the impermanent/ the permanent structure erased by the forces of nature/beauty and fragility. - Dean Smith, 2017 Dean Smith was a finalist in the 2016 Biennial North Queensland Ceramic Art Award and is currently a finalist in the 8th Talent Award of the Nassauische Sparkasse at the Keramikmuseum Westerwald, Höhr-Grenzhausen, Germany. Contact us for further information Image courtesy Dean Smith, 2016
Time and Tide 2017
Time and Tide is a curated intermedia exhibition in which participating artists of diverse experiences contemplate the impacts of climate change as observable reality within environment, culture, migration, and politics. Artists communicate their observations, stories and experiences to influence change against the most significant global threat we face today.
The participating artists enlighten with diverse perspectives sharing their observations of climate change from Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australian communities, Pacific Islands, urban Australia and globally. Artists include: Helen Bodycomb, Penny Byrne, Nellie Ngampa Coulthard, David Frank, Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori (c. 1924 – 2015), Selby Ginn, The Hermannsburg Potters, Hermannsburg Watercolourists, Naomi Hobson, Judy Holding, Shirley Macnamara, Guykuda Mununggurr, Jasmine Targett, Angela Tiatia, Warraba Weatherall and Tiger Yaltangki.
AN OFFICIAL EXHIBITION IN THE ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2017 FESTIVAL
Image: Penny Byrne, Iceberg Water, 2017, bottled Iceberg water, procelain polar bear, Swarovski teardrop crystal, epoxy resin, glass dome, 53 x 34 x 34 cm. Edition of 2. Image credit: Matthew Stanton.
NONGGIRRNGA MARAWILI: PROGRESSION 2017
"The art which Nonŋgirrŋa makes is not time dependent. It is not a reaction to a fashion or a moment. It is as it would have been in millennia past. Independent of the Western narrative of progress. And yet it is contemporary both because it is made now but also because it is absorbed by the society which exists now. People get this. Although they cannot speak Yolŋu matha or visit remote Arnhem land or fathom Indigenous spirituality. And her art changes through time and shifts into new medium and brings new vision. All whilst charting the Yolŋu cosmology obsessed with the spirit’s progression through a cyclical never ending journey- from the flesh to the water and back again. "
- Will Stubbs, Co-ordinator, Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre, 2017
It is a great honour for Alcaston Gallery to present the fifth solo exhibition of acclaimed artist Nonggirrnga Marawili: Progression. The artist's visual language is again extended in both composition and medium, with paintings on bark, board and aluminium.
Image: Nonggirrnga Marawili, Lightning and The Rock, 2017, Ochre on board, 192 x 122 cm. Courtesy of the artist, Buku-Larrnggay Mulka and Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne
Greg Semu - The Raft of the Tagata Pasifika (People of the Pacific) 2017
The Raft of the Tagata Pasifika (People of the Pacific) is Semu’s most recent and ambitious project to date, whereby he has assigned himself the task of questioning the fact or fiction of the painterly recorded history of colonisation by referencing two culturally significant paintings: first, Theodore Géricault's 1819 masterwork, The Raft of the Medusa and secondly, The Arrival of the Māoris in New Zealand, 1898 by English-born Louis John Steele and New Zealander Charles F. Goldie. Grasping photography’s traditional perception as a device for representing truth, Semu has photographically recreated the epic sea voyage using residents of the Cook Islands; consequently fusing and appropriating ideals from the two referenced paintings to cement art historically and for the first time an often shared Māori depiction of the true events surrounding their ancestors’ arrival in New Zealand.
‘I want my images to be iconic and significant in a world sense, tribulation to the collaboration of the displaced, frozen and distilled in a frame: testaments that transcend geography and generations, transfiguring the ambiguous power and affirmation of photography and art.’
- Greg Semu
The Raft of the Tagata Pasifika (People of the Pacific) was exhibited at the NGV International, Melbourne from 10 June to 11 September 2016. Alcaston Gallery is thrilled to present the complete series commercially for the first time.
Image: Greg Semu, The Raft, 2014-2016, Digital C-type print
© Greg Semu and Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne