26 April – 13 May
Join us for the exhibition opening at 5.30pm on Friday 26 April.
“My art is about the alchemy of change and reinvention,” says Blue Mountains artist, Carmel Gold. “I create works that examine both our individual journeys and our collective humanity.”
“My work also explores the complexity of our relationship with the natural world. I gather materials that are often discarded or seen as useless, and I trawl through these amazing bits until something starts to come together with something else. I aim to have minimal impact on the objects in order to retain the story within the history of any given piece.”
Carmel creates sculpture and assemblage from the found objects, which include wood, metal, toys, figurines and lights. The artworks often take on a human, animal or totemic form, or are a visual representation of a journey, with each object serving as metaphor.
Carmel’s artworks make a powerful comment on our relationship with the natural and spiritual world. Through her construction of new objects from old, she works to uncover the essence of humanity.
“By juxtaposing the objects in an irrational way, I submit my process to chance to reveal the possibilities of the self and beauty,” says Carmel. “I often infuse an element of whimsy into a piece that both invites and correlates an identification with the past and a deep shared knowing.”
Join us for the opening of Carmel’s meditative and beautiful exhibition, Alchemy, on Friday 26 April at 5.30pm.
5 - 22 April
Join us for the exhibition opening at 5.30pm, Friday 5 April.
“How do we find genuine connection, healing and love in a system designed to commodify even the workings of the heart?” asks artist, writer and filmmaker Emma Magenta.
Emma attempts to answer this question in her exhibition, Love in the Time of Capitalism. This collection of works and writing deal with the struggles and victories of the heart in an era where human misery is exploited for profit.
“I am interested in the fracturing of the human psyche, such as with our masculine and feminine selves, and how this translates into the selling of idealistic romance to trap the human heart into a cycle of disillusionment,” says Emma.
"This exhibition is the culmination of the writings, artworks and investigations I created for my ABC-funded film, Remembering Agatha. Love in the Time of Capitalism is piecing the fragments into a whole.”
The artworks are generally created on up-cycled materials such as beer boxes, shopping bags, and government penalty notices. It features printed personalised panic attack bags, as well as screenings of Emma’s film, Remembering Agatha.
Join us for the opening as we bring together Emma’s profound and beautiful writings, artworks and film for the first time in the Blue Mountains.
We look forward to seeing you here.
15 March - 1 April
Join us for the exhibition opening on Friday 15 March, 5.30 - 7 pm.
“I had been doing lots of reading about witches and the witch hunts, particularly in Salem” says photographer and artist Nina Lipscombe. “I was inspired by the women behind the sinister stories of the past. I wanted to showcase some of the modern day ‘witches’ I know – young and old – in order to summon up dialogue around these powerful women and what it really means to be a witch.”
For this body of work, Nina has taken photographic portraits of local women, ranging in age from 8 to 80, and used her painting background to transform the portraits into magic realism photo essays about the essence of womanhood.
“My process was basically a merge of my photography and fine art. I took multiple shots of different models and places, and put them into photoshop in order to combine everything and paint the beautiful and surreal scenes.”
Nina has used her love of nature and fantasy, and the history of the witch trials, and combined them to make a comment on the abiding way society views women who live in harmony with nature as a threat. Her photos are a celebration of the power of women, nature and sisterhood.
“The idea that I can take myself wherever I want to go or be whoever I want to be, that is what motivates me to continue to create. I love showing people a piece of me that I can’t even see myself unless I am creating. To share something beautiful with the world or even with one person – that is what makes me the happiest.”
Each of Nina's incredible artworks are sold as framed, limited edition photographs. Please get in touch for sales enquiries.
22 Feb – 11 March
Artist and designer Tania Bowers has always been inspired by the natural world. She works intensively with plants to combine nature and couture, creating beautiful objects from the fabric she hand-dyes, sews and sculpts.
“I am obsessed with colour and nature, and I use plant dyes from all different seasons and regions of the world,” says Tania. “My textiles contain tannin from trees, powders from roots, memories, mistakes, touch, stories and surprises.”
“I dye each piece of fabric with a combination of plant dyes, herbs, petals and rusty objects. I sew and embellish the fabric to turn it into objects, such as silk flowers, curtains, wall hangings, as well as everyday objects such as scarves and cushions.”
Tania is the ultimate creative polymath. Not only does she have a flourishing art and design practice, but she is also an in-demand hair and makeup stylist, and a critically acclaimed singer-songwriter, having released three albums under her stage name, Via Tania.
When Tania is not making textiles, she can be found dressing up with her daughter, writing songs and spending time with her family. She has a studio in the corner of the yard where she makes her textiles and keeps all her things. “It is nearly always messy and lovely at the same time,” she says.
I Dreamed a Dream Only Dreamers Dream is an exhibition of dreamy, delicate textiles, each a work of art that has been lovingly hand-dyed and hand-stitched by Tania.
Join us for the opening at 5.30pm on Friday 1st March.
Full Circle by Nicole Law is showing at Platform Gallery from 1 - 18 February. Read our interview with Nicole about her process and inspiration for this exhibition.
Please contact Curator Kelly Heylen on firstname.lastname@example.org or 02 4742 0047 for all sales enquiries.
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1 - 18 February
Join us at the opening of Full Circle at 5.30pm Friday 1st February and you can view the full range of Nicole's artworks here.
“This exhibition explores my ongoing interest in working within parameters or limitations - the idea of blooming where one is planted,” says artist and designer Nicole Law.
“My artistic practice centres around repetitive, meditative drawing and mark-making - work which belies its apparent simplicity to become more than the sum of its parts. By creating with a deliberately restricted colour and material palette, the number of decisions that need to be made in any given piece are minimised - the luxury of no choice.”
Nicole’s style of working within parameters grew out of necessity: as a mother of two small children she had to confine her art making to what was accessible in 10-minute windows, that she could easily pick up and put down again.
“Waiting for a huge uninterrupted stretch of time to explore my deepest creative urges wasn’t an option. ‘Small and often’ became my mantra, and over time, those little 10 and 20-minute windows grew into a substantial body of work. It is the art of the incremental.”
Nicole is well known for her striking white-on-black illustrations. Now, using her same parameters of limited time, black and white palette and humble materials, she has begun to draw on found canvases and objects rescued from op-shops.
“I’m exploring ideas of multiple incarnations and the layering of experience. These objects have all passed through other hands and lives, and I now add to their history by drawing on them with meditative care.”
Nicole’s exhibition title, Full Circle, refers to both the physical form of many of her drawings, with recurring circular motifs; and the journey of pre-loved objects back into circulation.
Join us to celebrate this powerful, meditative exhibition, which opens on Friday 1st February.
11 - 28 January
Artist and sculptor Bianca Hayden calls herself a late bloomer.
“At least that’s the simplest explanation of a much more demanding set of obligations, or expectations that hold many women back from pursuing their passions,” she says.
After many years in many different caring roles, Bianca has put together a spectacular debut solo exhibition that has spent a long time in the back of her mind, waiting patiently for its chance to be taken care of.
“I’ve spent a lot of years caring for those coming into life, those learning how to live, those fighting to hold onto life, and ultimately preparing to leave life behind. It’s generally women who take on the caring of life and death in all its myriad forms.”
“This exhibition is my chance to double back. The process for this exhibition really began five years ago when I built my first dining table, to fulfil my dream of bringing my art practice into the everyday things we use.”
“Using sustainably sourced timbers, each piece is meticulously cut, carved, painted, gilded with gold foils, embedded with metal flakes, resin inlays, copper, brass and anything else I can find that is going to make the timber sing.”
Behind each piece is a loving interplay between the natural and artificial worlds. Bright, playful colour, gold foils, glitter and resin playfully contrast natural timber tones and recycled materials in Bianca’s painstakingly created works of art.
Recalling the women’s work that was first apparent in her caring roles, and now reflected in her creation of every day domestic objects, Bianca is injecting a traditionally male-dominated field with the feminine, inserting sparkle into timber, and merging playfulness together with artisanal woodworking techniques.
Each piece is an artwork that is made to be lived with and enjoyed on a daily basis, created by Bianca in her Blue Mountains studio in Lawson. Join us at the opening of Double Back on January 11 to enjoy Bianca’s impressive body of work, and to celebrate women everywhere who are taking care of things and carving out their own paths.
You can view all artwork details, images, dimensions and prices in the Probare exhibition catalogue here. Thanks so much to the artist, Leonardo Uribe, for putting this beautiful catalogue together.
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14 Dec – 7 Jan
Join us for the exhibition opening Friday 14 December at 5.30pm
“For this exhibition I was inspired by my immigration situation,” says Leonardo Uribe, a Colombian artist who has been in the Australia for nine years, and living and making art in the Blue Mountains for the last several.
“I had a difficult time recently, when I had to give the Immigration Department a lot of evidence about myself and my intentions to become a permanent resident. It is the same every few years, when I have to re-apply for my visa.”
These immigration interviews and evidence-gathering, resulting in mounds of paperwork, often leave Leo feeling frustrated. He has begun channelling these feelings into his artwork, resulting in work that reflects no only his immigration journey, but more fundamental questions about family, identity and belonging. Probare, the exhibition’s title, is a Latin word, meaning to prove, demonstrate, get accepted.
“For me the best proof of who I am, and who I will be in Australia, comes from photos and objects that belonged to my family. I have taken inspiration from this, for example re-creating family photos and immigration documents using my family’s hair.”
Leo grew up surrounded by hair in his mother’s salon, which he had to walk through to get to his house. Using hair as an artistic medium is, according to Leo, both “beautiful and symbolic.” It is also a literal marker of his identity, with hair containing both his and his family’s DNA.
Another significant influence for Leo is religion, having grown up in a religious family in the majority Catholic Colombia.
“I am working with some religious elements that remind me of my childhood. For this exhibition I have used rusted metal to recreate ‘niches’ – the traditional little shelters that contain sacred images.
“And I have used LED lights and motors in some of the sculptures, inspired by the movement and light found in the traditional Nativities in Colombia.”
Probare is a powerful meditation on immigration, religion and identity, expressed through sculpture, assemblage and painted works. The artworks may be based on Leo’s personal journey, but the themes – and the works’ appeal – are universal.
16 November – 10 December
Join us for opening night, Friday 16 November at 5.30pm.
“We’ve reached an unprecedented moment in planetary history – the Anthropocene,” says artist Kevina-Jo Smith. The Anthropocene is a term used to describe the current epoch, characterised by significant human impact on the Earth’s geology and ecosystems.
“I have been investigating the idea of the cyclical nature of human behaviour - the idea that we’re going in circles. I envisage a cyclone, where there is an inward-moving cycle and an outward-moving cycle. That is how I feel humankind is behaving – some people doing everything they can to undo or at least not contribute to the problem, and some people are just winding deeper and deeper into environmental chaos.”
Kevina is known for her practice of creating large scale weavings using upcycled materials. For this exhibition, she has taken inspiration from the image of the cyclone, creating scaled-down circular weavings that reflect the tension between the inner and outer cycles, not only of the weather system, but of how humankind is dealing - or not - with anthropogenic climate change.
“There are now so many of us, using so many resources, that we’re disrupting the great natural cycles. Almost all the planet’s ecosystems bear the mark of our presence. As Oxford University geographer, Professor Andrew Barry says, our ‘impacts are now connected, and systemic.’ This interconnectedness is what I have tried to reflect in my artwork.”
“While creating these artworks I have also been preparing to give birth for the first time – and so it is important for me to consider not only my personal impact on the environment, but also the impact my child will have on this planet.”
“I have been reconfiguring my practice, adjusting to working on a smaller scale. I have been researching and speaking to other artists about how they have continued their creative practice once becoming a parent, and I hope the meditative nature of this process and my art practice encourages the audience to stop and think about their own personal impacts, and what they can do to change it.”