KAWITA VATANAJYANKUR: PERFORMING TEXTILES
Alcaston Gallery in partnership with curator Grace Partridge of Antidote Organisation are thrilled to present a solo exhibition by Kawita Vatanajyankur in November 2018. The exhibition will present a continuation of Kawita's commissioned work for the inaugural Bangkok Biennale.
Thai artist Kawita Vatanajyankur's work has been described as "alluring, thought-provoking and centred on making visible the invisible workforce with an acute sense of social justice”. Vatanajyankur creates works that offer a powerful examination of the psychological, social and cultural ways of viewing and valuing the continuing challenges of women’s everyday labour. In her staged performances, Vatanajyankur undertakes physical experiments that playfully, often painfully, test her body’s limits - a challenge that is both unavoidably compelling and uncomfortable to watch. The alluring, luminous colours in Vatanajyankur’s work are distinctive of the artists' aesthetic and tap into a globalized and digitally networked visual language of consumption and instant gratification.
About Antidote and Grace Partridge
Antidote is an online platform at the intersection of art and social change that believes in the world-changing power of storytelling. Through a series of artist features and curated programs, they bring together the best creative minds in a conversation about issues as diverse as climate change, gender equality and the refugee crisis. Their digital storytelling is brought to life through a series of exhibitions in pop-up spaces and major visual art Institutions alike, featuring emerging to established contemporary artists whose work provides an alternative frame of reference for important world issues.
Caption details: Kawita Vatanajyankur, Dye, 2018, Still from HD Video, Single Channel, 7:30 minutes, Edition of 4 + 3AP. Courtesy of the artist and Nova Contemporary, Bangkok and Alamak! Project!/ Clear Edition Gallery, Tokyo
Tjilpi & Pampa - Senior Iwantja Artists: Alec Baker, Peter Mungkuri, Betty Muffler and Nellie Coulthard
Alcaston Gallery is thrilled to present this exhibition of new paintings by Iwantja Arts senior artists Alec Baker and Peter Mungkuri (‘Tjilpi’) and Betty Muffler and Nellie Coulthard (‘Pampa’).
Every mark is imbued with their personal lived experience and their deep connection to country and culture. Each artist’s distinct visual language reflects an unmistakably powerful presence of spirit and collectively their work speaks volumes about the interconnectedness of art, integrity, people and place.
These senior artists paint from their memories and their hearts, a connectedness to country.
THE HERMANNSBURG POTTERS 2019
The rich and vibrant spirit of Central Australia comes to life with these new ceramic vessels by THE HERMANNSBURG POTTERS.
Hermannsburg is based at the remote foothills of the MacDonnell Ranges, 130 kilometres west of Alice Springs. The Hermannsburg Potters use their surrounding environment but also life lived and remembered as inspiration for their art. Animals and birds, both native and imagined, are thoughtfully depicted in their hand-crafted and underglaze ceramics, coupled with the innate humour and creativity of the artist.
This exhibition embraces new large shapes, styles, stories and Ntaria (Hermannsburg) history. The emerging artists under the guidance of the founding artists have excelled in mastering the process of the underglaze technique and working in clay. The dry river beds of the Finke River, Palm Valley and the tracks to far-away places where the Arrernte people have lived and worked over the generations allows us to view the family life of the artist in extensive detail.
Alcaston Gallery has represented the Hermannsburg Potters since their inception in 1990 and now regarded as master ceramicists, have been exhibited widely through Australia and internationally. Their major installation commission in 2015-16 for the National Gallery of Victoria, Our Land is Alive at NGV Australia set new benchmarks for their engaging and lyrical pots.
Alcaston Gallery would like to thank Gabrielle Wallington, Manager, Hermannsburg Potters and all the artists for their constant support of our exhibitions especially in our 30th year.