Issue 204, October, 2007

Western Australia


Hannah Mathews

Glenn Pilkington, Lines of urbania, 2006, digital photographic print. In association with the Melbourne Fringe Festival, Mossenson Galleries presents Pilkington’s solo exhibition Urban Country. On show until 14 October. Courtesy of the artist and Mossenson Galleries, Collingwood. www.indigenart.com.au / www.melbournefringe.com.au

Western Australia Hannah Mathews

Celebrating Western Australian Art

Artopia is a biennial festival celebrating the talents of local artists across the state of Western Australia and runs until 21 October. WA Week at the Art Gallery of Western Australia (AGWA) is from 14 to 21 October and features West Australian Art from the 1920s to 1960s, featuring historical art from the State Art Collection, incorporating a variety of media: paintings, watercolours, prints as well as craft and design objects by such well-known artists as Kathleen O’Connor, George Pitt Morison, JWR Linton, Flora Landells, Guy Grey-Smith, Portia Bennett and Robert Juniper. For Artopia 2007 see: www.livingartistswa.com.au and for AGWA see www.artgallery.wa.gov.au.

Pet Photo Booth

At Breadbox Gallery in James Street, Perth, Justin Spiers and Yvonne Doherty present a series of people and their pets photographed in a mobile studio in front of original 1970s and 1980s photo-wall backdrops. These kitsch settings include forests, waterfalls, castles, New York skylines and space shuttles, and, with the presence of their pets, seem to inspire their human companions to open up to the camera. The resulting pictures are engaging, funny and range from the beautiful to the bizarre. From 13 to 19 October. breadbox@artrage.com.au. www.breadbox.com.au / www.artrage.com.au

Fremantle Art Award

From September to October is the 32nd annual Fremantle Print Award, one of Australia’s leading print competitions and a major event in the Fremantle Art Centre’s calendar. This year’s judges, Clotilde Bullen, Susanna Castleden and Jason Smith, awarded Tony Ameniero’s work Big night skull the Acquisitive Award, and the Non-Acquisitive Award to Farrell & Parkin’s work Chinese birds of prey. The Award takes an inclusive approach to print, and includes new media technologies as well as traditional techniques. Ameniero’s linocut depicts the underside of a cow skull against a night sky of galaxies and comets. The bold scale of this exceptional print has its counterpoint in the delicate cutting that defines the skull and the night sky simultaneously. Farrell & Parkin’s work Chinese birds of prey is a digital print with an uncommon level of richness, a quality that is sometimes absent in digital print technologies. The quality of the image is enlivened by the artists’ shrewd choice of a metallic paper support. The notion of what in fact constitutes a print is customarily called into question by the artists competing for the Award, and this year the submissions utilise supports in a range of media, with a number of artists exploring sculptural or installation formats. Until 21 October at the Fremantle Arts Centre.

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