ZHOU Xiaoping’s referencing of indigenous culture has come from his own experience and immersion in the Australian indigenous landscape, through his relationships with Aboriginal people, and his genuine interest in indigenous culture and art – it is a celebration of his own experiences and journeys, the friendships he has made and his desire to share his understanding of this culture with an audience through his own art.
Earlier this year we unveiled the Goggomobil D’art Project, a commissioned project by Jeff Brown which saw Robert Clinch’s signature paper darts painted across the entire surface of a classic Goggomobil Dart sportscar. If you missed seeing this amazing car at Lauraine Diggins Fine Art, it will be a part of Motorclassica this weekend at the Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton (13 – 15 October 2017).
We would also like to congratulate Robert Clinch who has been selected as a finalist in a series of works on paper art awards including :
A series of ‘Dart’ artworks are currently available at LDFA. Whilst inspired by the Goggomobil D’art Project the paintings and drawings of darts encompass their own narratives, with characteristic whimsical titles.
To view Robert’s paintings and lithographs please click here.
Congratulations to Genevieve Kemarr Loy who is a finalist in the Paddington Art Prize for 2017. This is the 14th year the prize for paintings inspired by the Australian landscape will be shown. Genevieve’s painting Akwerlkerrmwerlkerr 2017 (synthetic polymer on linen, 200 x 122 cm) depicts a particular plant which grows in her country which has small white flowers and seeds which the bush turkey likes to eat. Genevieve’s painting is inspired by the culture, stories, flora and fauna of her country, Utopia, N.T.
Following our recent exhibition The Next Generationfeaturing the paintings of two young indigenous women, Lorraine Kabbindi White and Genevieve Kemarr Loy, a selection of Genevieve’s paintings are currently on show at Lauraine Diggins Fine Art.
Listen to a video of Genevieve discussing her work by clicking here.
The work of ceramicist Stephen Bowers has been in the papers lately, firstly an article in The Wall Street Journal about the inspiration of the history and tradition of ceramic tableware on contemporary artists.
Stephen Bowers is featured in the exhibition Alice in Wonderland showing at Officine Saffi in Milan until 14 July in a group exhibition organised by Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Centre, Denmark and including Stephen Bowers, Jim Cooper, Malene Hartmann Rasmussen, Sergei Isupov, Sten Lykke Madsen, Kadri Pärnaments, Mara Superior and Lileng Wong.
Alice in Wonderland was first published in 1865, in a period in which reflections on art had begun to erode the concepts of realistic depiction and narrative, in other words the references to a coherent, ordinary world. The apparently light-hearted and non-committal game presented in the exhibition “Alice in Wonderland”, which originated at the Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Centre in Denmark and that was later shown at Officine Saffi, has a dual role. The first was to invite eight different artists, born on dates varying from 1937 to 1973 in different locations including Denmark, Malaysia, New Zealand and the United States, to work on Carroll’s text, developing various reflections on it, from iconographical to conceptual. The second objective was to use this provocative approach, which at first sight seems merely skin deep, to stimulate them to declare their degree of agreement with Carroll’s statement “we’re all mad here.” It can be applied to the whole of art, which after all is a precious form of madness, in which you can escape from the tired forms of the ordinary. The participants were thus invited to produce a reflection and a declaration on their own status as artists, and more specifically their identity as ceramists.
For details about available works by Stephen Bowers, please view our stockroom
We are pleased to provide the opportunity to hear Robert speak about this unique project, the Goggomobil D’art Project, resulting in a remarkable painted art car, peppered with the artist’s signature paper darts.
Listen to the Artist Talk by clicking on the video below.
Our forthcoming exhibition: Robert Clinch and the Goggomobil D’Art Project
will open on Saturday 25th March including unveiling the car.
The iconic Goggomobil Dart car and distinctive painted paper darts by Melbourne contemporary realist artist Robert Clinch collide to create a unique objet d’art in this intriguing project resulting in a remarkable painted art car.
The classic 1960s Australian designed and built Goggomobil Dart sports car is an aesthetic object in itself. Here it is transferred to another level, peppered with paper darts by Robert Clinch.
In addition to the feature car, the exhibition will include drawings and paintings and a preview of a forthcoming documentary about the project by Karl von Moller.
The exhibition will be on show until 6th May 2017.
The richly ornate ceramic work of Stephen Bowers has been spotted by C-File magazine, a global voice for contemporary ceramic artists, curators, critics, collectors, dealers and educators. See what they had to say here.
Stephen’s work is also included in Geelong Gallery’s current exhibition Tricking the Eye: contemporary trompe l’oeil, showing until 12 February 2016. For further details click here.
Our exhibition by internationally recognised ceramicist Stephen Bowers: Jamais Vu explores the idea that work which have never been seen are nevertheless familiar. To familiarise yourself with the works in the exhibition you may wish to download our A Closer Look At… essays which look further in depth at some of the pieces in the exhibition, or watch a stop-motion video of Stephen at work, or hear Stephen Bowers In Conversation talking further about the inspiration and meaning in his ceramics.
Read Joanna Mendelssohn’s article from The Conversation about the 2016 Archibald including Michael McWilliams’ The Usurpers (Self Portrait).
“The Tasmanian artist Michael McWilliams’ The usurpers (self portrait) is a magically elaborate study in a similar mode to that of the Italian Renaissance artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo. Every element is an import to Australia. Sheep, cattle, pigeons, carp, trout, rabbits, rats, mice, fruit and grain, all combine to form the artist’s face.
The usurpers hangs at the entrance to the exhibition, a long way from the winner’s circle, but it is probably the painting that most visitors will remember.”