OPENING : Thursday 22 Aug at 6-8 pm.
EXHIBITION : Wed 21 Aug - Sun 1 Sep, 2019
SPACE 1: Somewhere Between
"Somewhere Between" is about how we connect to the places where we're just passing through.
The paintings were born from images of the places and travel the artist has visited. Here, rendered on paper and paint, these images gain power more than just a photo. More than just passing through, they peel back the surface to the underlying conversations and contexts that make up memories of a place.
The ceramic sculptures contrast with the paintings, as their physical nature allows the abstract to come through more clearly. The results flow from the art process, from the touch of the clay. Though born of the same travel memories, new impressions are created during the making of the artwork.
This exhibition combines travel, as the desire for human bodies to be in a new habitat, with artistic expression, as the bridge between recording subjective experiences and creating new ones.
SPACE 2: Tessellation
Tessellation by Rose Kulak is a new collection of botanical contact print textiles, inspired by Darebin Parklands and surrounds.
Rose Kulak has developed a connection with this inner Melbourne bushland setting since moving to the area five years ago. She has spent hours perambulating the parklands foraging for plant materials and observing the tessellated rock pavement of Darebin Creek which runs through the park. The works in this exhibition capture some of what has been discovered on these solitary exploratory walks.
Botanical contact printing is a technique involving plant material, heat and pressure to create a mark on a substrate in this case natural fibre cloths. The colours are result of the reaction between the plants, the cloth, and sometimes the rust from found objects. Each print is unique.
Rose Kulak would like to acknowledge the Wurundjeri People of the Kulin Nation as the Traditional Owners of the land on which Darebin Parklands and BlackCat Gallery is situated, and pays her respects to the Elders - past, present and emerging. This land was never ceded, and always was and always will be Aboriginal land.
SPACE 3: Futurelands Part lll
The surreal, often intricate paintings I create are informed by my experiences of daily life in remote and unique areas around the world.
I make paintings with oil on canvas or watercolor and gouache on paper, to bring about my ongoing Futurelands series.
My process brings a new approach to landscape painting by combining inspiring natural scenes with historical textile motifs local to the places and experiences that stir my soul. Each composition I create is a celebration of the vibrant cultures that persist around the world despite the homogenizing force of globalization.
Conceptually, my paintings address critical environmental issues of our time like air pollution and climate change. Landscapes are populated with figures wearing suits and air filtering contraptions, suggesting creative solutions to these escalating problems. My imagery ranges from landscapes to portraits and cityscapes, unified by common themes, with a hint of optimistic futurism for the rich heritage of our planet earth.
OPENING NIGHT & EXHIBITION