Showcasing ceramics and works on paper from local artists Christine Murphy and Peter Toth.
Christine Murphy Artist Statement:
"A combination of intuition and spontaneity plays a part in the disassemblage and reassemablage to create unique organic forms establishing a juxtaposition of strength and fragility, depicting a weathered eroded state as is the nature of earth.
These works are primarily focused on the natural naked beauty of clay expressed through smoking the pieces in a sawdust firing process, the smoke fired work is reflecting the unpredictability of nature and it’s outcomes.
A relinquishing of control allowing nature to play it’s part has become an almost forgotten aspect of our own journey through life. Embracing the joy of letting go and finding the beauty in what is, not what is contrived."
Peter Toth Artist Statement:
"I’ve always liked experimenting. I think of it more as exploration – a sort of intuitive coming together of an image in my mind and the properties of acting itself. I think through my hands. Sometimes I may sketch an idea and then modify and develop it as I work. But most of the time I rely on instinct, to work through the clay to bring an idea to fruition.
Glaze – I require a glaze which would mature in the 1200-degree Celsius range for commercial reasons. Success in the use of a glaze depends like everything else on experience, but the learning process can be very stimulating if you are prepared to explore and experiment."
"Living in rural Australia, I am always aware of the light. As we know, it can be brash and it can be divinely subtle. However, more often than not, it is the shadows which capture me. What is the point of featuring the highlights in a composition if you ignore the shadows? Shadows ground the work - they give it dimension and context.
In this exhibition I am showing still lives both real and imagined and sometimes a combination of both.
Influences and artists I go to regularly are Giorgio Morandi, Margaret Preston, Matisse and Jude Rae"
Helen Gauchat is represented by Defiance Gallery
"In the exhibition ‘City & Bridge’ I am drawn again to urban spaces in varying locations. I paint whatever resonates or engages. This may be the architectural dynamics of buildings on the water’s edge or the strong verticals of a bridge. It may simply be a street on a rainy day. My initial response then merges with remembered experiences, often filtering through and modifying the painting process” - Gabrielle Collins.
"This exhibition is about geography, geology, contour, place and memory. The drawings were created en plein air in the gorge country of New England.
At the heart of my art practice is a paradox; an expressive, bold, immediate and spontaneous mark-making that is also aligned to an approach that has structure, discipline and a sense of stillness and contemplation" - Tim Allen.
"My history and experience working in the building and construction industry as a boilermaker welder by trade, has in some ways had an impact on my paintings and design. Which in turn has influenced me on my journey to working as an artist in the two-dimensional mediums of drawing and painting. My work in graphic design via tools such as Adobe Photoshop and Corel Painter is an extension of my overall life experience in algorithmic form.
The advancements in technology and applications has opened up another pallet for me to express myself out of the physical and into the binary world. Calling on my years in construction and building, some of my works have an industrial feel to them brought about by gathering inspiration and initial materials and colours from the real world and bringing them into my art"