CURRENT



OPENING : Thursday 21 March at 6-8 pm.

EXHIBITION : Wed 20 - Sun 31 March , 2019

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GROUP SHOW : Phylogenesis

Phylogenesis:the evolutionary history of a species or group of related species. This exhibition showcases a very special group of artists who met through tertiary education, and for these older graduates, the Phylogenesis exhibition is the realization of their love of learning and creative collaboration and a substantial demonstration of their continuing evolution.

After sharing skills, knowledge and experience, Phylogenesis exhibition brings together the results of their vastly different creative journeys and each contributor’s rich and diverse life experiences to the exhibition in a variety of mediums – including oil and acrylic on canvas and wood panel, woven sculptures and bespoke brushes, hand made artists’ books, linocut and woodcut prints and other works on paper.

Despite their diverse histories, the Phylogenesis exhibition artists are connected by their love of making art and learning. They are also connected by being part of the adult learning community they have made at the Council of Adult Education, or CAE. It is this connection that brings them together in March 2019, to share and show their love of making art, individually and collectively. They will continue to grow, to take on new challenges and to support each other with gusto.


ARTISTS :

THEA BATES
MARY BURGESS
LINDESAY DRESDON
LOUISE EINFELD
ELIZABETH GILL
BETH GIUDICE
BARB JENS
JANICE MCCARTHY
MARY-ANNE STUART
JEANETTE MECOLES





FUTURE


OPENING : Thursday 4 April at 6-8 pm.

EXHIBITION : Wed 3 - Sun 14 April , 2019



SPACE 1: Still Life
Sarah Jane Lightfoot and Georgina Proud


Still Life reimagines the genre in a contemporary context, through the vastly different practices of botanical illustrator Sarah Jane Lightfoot and ceramicist Georgina Proud. This exhibition continues on the long tradition of reinvention of the genre questioning the common perception of it as a lower form of art. Through this collaboration they explore humanity’s innate affinity with the natural world, and how we endeavour to bring nature into our homes. Still Life considers the notion that the vessel and arrangement depicted in an image is as much a work of art as the image itself.

SPACE 2: Unapologetically Savage Nikki Coffelt   This body of work (2016-2018) is a rendering of the tension between our primal, organic mammalian impulses and socialisation.  Where there is conflict between what we are hard wired for movement, pleasure, passion, sensuality, sexuality, intimacy, aggression/self-protective impulses and the (familial, social, religious) conditioning that has been programmed into us, we can become confused and dissociated. From our instinctual knowing, our bodies, our creative potential... from Earth herself. At what cost have we domesticated ourselves?  When we mentally categorize and reduce our visceral impulses (and other people) into “good” versus “bad,” “civilized” versus “savage,” “lower” versus “higher” and “in” versus “out” we set up the conditions for repression and oppression of self and others. The result of which can be soul loss, depression, addiction, violence and/or sexual perversions. We also reinforce the exact conditions required for genocide, racism and human/planetary exploitation. We sever connection to the infinite power, pleasure and creativity that are available to us.  Creative tension and paradox (i.e. the capacity to hold polarized constructs at the same time) is essential in catalyzing human evolution. And yet modern society has become so obsessed with efficiency, instant gratification and productivity (while putting forth as little effort as possible) that we have become largely unwilling and unprepared to withstand tension and ambiguity. Both are necessary for growth.  We must begin to cohere historically polarized and disparate elements. In the culture, for certain, but also in our own psyche.  My work is about time-traveling to reclaim humanity’s most savage and base origins in order to evolve. This series is a literal transmutation of raw, primitive energy. Because a wise woman once said:  “When the sexual energy of the people is liberated, they will break the chains.”

SPACE 2: Unapologetically Savage Nikki Coffelt

This body of work (2016-2018) is a rendering of the tension between our primal, organic mammalian impulses and socialisation.

Where there is conflict between what we are hard wired for movement, pleasure, passion, sensuality, sexuality, intimacy, aggression/self-protective impulses and the (familial, social, religious) conditioning that has been programmed into us, we can become confused and dissociated. From our instinctual knowing, our bodies, our creative potential... from Earth herself. At what cost have we domesticated ourselves?

When we mentally categorize and reduce our visceral impulses (and other people) into “good” versus “bad,” “civilized” versus “savage,” “lower” versus “higher” and “in” versus “out” we set up the conditions for repression and oppression of self and others. The result of which can be soul loss, depression, addiction, violence and/or sexual perversions. We also reinforce the exact conditions required for genocide, racism and human/planetary exploitation. We sever connection to the infinite power, pleasure and creativity that are available to us.

Creative tension and paradox (i.e. the capacity to hold polarized constructs at the same time) is essential in catalyzing human evolution. And yet modern society has become so obsessed with efficiency, instant gratification and productivity (while putting forth as little effort as possible) that we have become largely unwilling and unprepared to withstand tension and ambiguity. Both are necessary for growth.

We must begin to cohere historically polarized and disparate elements. In the culture, for certain, but also in our own psyche.

My work is about time-traveling to reclaim humanity’s most savage and base origins in order to evolve. This series is a literal transmutation of raw, primitive energy. Because a wise woman once said:

“When the sexual energy of the people is liberated, they will break the chains.”

SPACE 3: Scavenged Polly Hollyoak, Andrea Hughes and Olga Tsara   Three artists, Polly Hollyoak, Andrea Hughes and Olga Tsara, explore common threads and influences in their work. Based on photo-derived imagery and found objects that are scavenged and appropriated from a variety of sources, their work makes political statements about art, consumerism, feminism and the human condition.  Hollyoak's powerful Pop paintings, Hughes' playful, irreverent assemblages, and Tsara's satirical and confounding collages, come together 'in conversation'. Each artist teases out ways of seeing another artist’s work, enabling broader statements and observations to be made about contemporary artists’ relationship with our image-saturated world.

SPACE 3: Scavenged
Polly Hollyoak, Andrea Hughes and Olga Tsara


Three artists, Polly Hollyoak, Andrea Hughes and Olga Tsara, explore common threads and influences in their work. Based on photo-derived imagery and found objects that are scavenged and appropriated from a variety of sources, their work makes political statements about art, consumerism, feminism and the human condition.

Hollyoak's powerful Pop paintings, Hughes' playful, irreverent assemblages, and Tsara's satirical and confounding collages, come together 'in conversation'. Each artist teases out ways of seeing another artist’s work, enabling broader statements and observations to be made about contemporary artists’ relationship with our image-saturated world.

 
 

Call out proposal for exhibition 2019

BlackCat Gallery is currently seeking proposals for our 2019 exhibition program. We invite artists, curators and collectives working in all mediums to apply. We are now taking Artists submissions for 2019. Please contact us for more details.

 

Volunteer

Volunteer at BlackCat Gallery, artist run initiative located at Collingwood. We invite volunteers, photographers and interns to be part of a small team. We would like to hear from you, if you have a few hours or able to engage in a 3 - 6 months internship assisting in gallery operations, install and deinstall, invigilating and documenting artworks. 

Email your resume to info@blackcatgallery.com.au

 

 

cr. artwork images by : Stacey Korfiatis, Keira Hudson, Laura Herman , David Lowe and Michael Hawkins