Penumbra
Apr
27
to May 18

Penumbra

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Bina Butcher and Tessa Beale

Penumbra focuses on observing and simplifying frequently overlooked details of the natural world. In an effort to create a context for contemplation, for their three-month residency at Midland Junction Arts Centre, Bina Butcher and Tessa Beale have gathered natural elements and documented interventions in the environment. This exhibition of the results of their explorations creates the conditions for a slower, quieter consideration of our surroundings.

Penumbra is the term for the partially shaded outer region of the shadow cast by an opaque object. Beale and Butcher explore these margins and communicate the effects of particular qualities found in the natural objects and materials they have collected. Sound, video projection and found objects accompany works on paper and sculptural iterations that focus on sensory interactions. Through observations of the movement of bodies of water, textures, shadows and sound re-contextualise our own sensory experiences and interactions in a new environment: the gallery.

Both artists have travelled to a common location to unearth tactile insights and facilitate new physical responses to the natural world in their combined studio and presentation space. Their reorganisation of gathered materials and handmade responses expose textural, colour or formal details. Highlighting new perspectives on conventional ways of seeing components of the landscape and the everyday world around us. Penumbra is the first formal collaboration between Butcher and Beale.

OPEN SAT 28 APR 9AM - 1PM, WED TO FRI 10AM – 5PM

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Image: Tessa Beale, Foam (detail) 2018, digital print

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The Space between Lines
Apr
27
to May 18

The Space between Lines

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Dragica Milunovic

Using the basic principle of line-making and repetition, Dragica Milunovic investigates how a simple rule of layering within space can create complex results.

Inspired by aerial views – of parched landscapes, fissures on Antarctica and patterns on a beach made by the continuous movement of waves – Milunovic closely observes lines and patterns in nature, and some manmade lines, such as grids.

The process begins and ends with a small line. Repeated over and over, the lines become stylized imprints. When a layering effect is achieved it results in irregular patterns, creating a sense of vibration within the works.

OPEN SAT 28 APR 9AM - 1PM, WED TO FRI 10AM – 5PM

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Image: Dragica Milunovic, Line Drawing No 19 (detail), 2018, acrylic on paper

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In Full Bloom
Apr
27
to May 18

In Full Bloom

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Students and graduates tutored by Jacqueline Coates, present their interpretations of their natural environment through a series of painted works inspired by their recent workshops. Flowers have been a favourite subject matter of painters, from Fantin Latour to Monet and Georgia O’Keefe, during the Bloom workshops artists looked inside the microcosm of the flower to discover a stunning theatrical landscape of colour, light and form. 

Contributing artists Jacqueline Coates, Kimberley Cardow, Joy Connell, Jade T Fisher, Pat Hillard, Hayley Kruger Gradwell, Jenny McGrath, Billie Peka and Amelia Sonnekus.

OPEN SAT 28 APR 9AM - 1PM, WED TO FRI 10AM – 5PM

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Image: Billie Peka, White Roses - Flourish, acrylic on canvas

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Wiru
May
25
to Jun 29

Wiru

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Julie Dowling

PRESENTED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH YAMAJI ART

Working in a social realist style, Julie Dowling draws on diverse art traditions including European portraiture and Christian icons, mural painting, dotting and Indigenous Australian iconography.

Dowling works like an ethnographer, recording the deep-seated injustices in the Indigenous community. Her pictorial works have a strong political edge, however, she speaks as a colonised subject and subverts the traditional power relations between the observer and the observed, the colonizer and the colonized.

Since her first solo exhibition at Fremantle Arts Centre in 1995, Dowling has earned a substantial national and international reputation as an artist of extraordinary vision. Her work has been exhibited extensively in Australia and overseas, notably at Art Fair Cologne, Beyond the Pale: Contemporary Indigenous Art, 2000 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, and the RAKA AWARD: Places that name us, ‘Strange Fruit’ a retrospective of 15 years at The Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne.

OPEN WED TO FRI 10AM – 5PM

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Specimens
May
25
to Jun 29

Specimens

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Tim Maley

Presented in partnership with Dadaa

Specimens is a series of works on paper in which Tim Maley represents the intricate bodies of beetles, moths, butterflies and caterpillars. With delicate marks made in watercolor and pencil, Maley captures the fragility of the insects and imbues the pictures with a sense of wonder and reverence. 

Maley began his working relationship with DADAA in 2007 to make a film titled Into the Sun as part of the Lost Generation Project. He exhibited the work at Darlington Arts Festival in 2009. This exhibition began his relationship with the Mundaring Arts Centre, who auspiced his grant, with mentor Si Hummerston, and curated his 2010 exhibition at the Centre.

Since 2012, Maley has been supported by DADAA’s digital studio and has exhibited works in notable exhibitions including From the Outside, Alcaston Gallery, Victoria; Small World, UK, HERE&NOW13, Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery and Beyond the Western Edge, Goldfields Arts Centre, Kalgoorlie.

OPEN WED TO FRI 10AM – 5PM

 

Image: Tim Maley, Untitled (detail), 2017 

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Woldendorp: A Black and White Retrospective
Jun
1
to Jul 15

Woldendorp: A Black and White Retrospective

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Curated by Clare Stroud and Lisa Hegarty

Renowned landscape photographer and State Living Treasure, Richard Woldendorp AM, shares his rarely seen early black and white images that launched his long and successful career in photography.

 

Image: Richard Woldendorp, Black and White 56 (detail), c. 1960, photograph 

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Stephanie Reisch
Jun
1
to Jul 15

Stephanie Reisch

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Artist in Residence

Working in residence, Stephanie Reisch explores mystical and shamanistic precepts through notions of trace and essence. Grounded in animal alchemy and prehistoric rituals, her practice spans across drawing, painting, sound and digital media. 

 

Image: Stephanie Reisch, Tiger Island (detail), 2017, oil on canvas 

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Don't Jettison Everything
Aug
3
to Sep 16

Don't Jettison Everything

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MAC Members Show

Curated by Mikaela Castledine

The current trend towards fixing or reinventing, as a reaction to our throw away culture, acknowledges something that artists have always done, seeing the beauty in unexpected places. MAC celebrates the ingenuity of our members with an exhibition of works created from the discarded, the broken or the abandoned.

Want to submit an artwork to be considered for this exhibition? Download the entry form and information > 

Submissions due Friday 6 July 2018

 

 

Image: Mikaela Castledine, Leaf (detail), 2017, found object, thread

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Mundaring Environmental Art Project
Aug
3
to Sep 16

Mundaring Environmental Art Project

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Plastic Pollution: Reducing our footprint and caring for our planet

Hundreds of primary school children from across the eastern region immerse themselves in this year’s theme to create designs for the 2018 Mundaring Environmental Art banners to be displayed in the heart of Mundaring.

 

Image: Paige Gibson, Michele Bourgault, Clarisse Macapagal and Opal Kuczynski

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Instrumental: The distinct pleasures of tools
Sep
21
to Nov 4

Instrumental: The distinct pleasures of tools

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Part of the What, a Tool Project 

Curated by Jude van der Merwe

Instrumental: The distinct pleasures of tools invites eleven, successful mid-career artists to examine their relationship with the tools they use on a daily basis as they create artworks, and the imagined tools that provide the answers to life, the universe and everything.

Contributing artists Olga Cironis, Geoffrey Drake-Brockman, Kevin Draper, Stuart Elliott, Sarah Elson, Dawn and Phil Gamblen, Peter Hill, Angela McHarrie, Denise Pepper, Monique Tippett and Tony Windberg.

 

Image: Stuart Elliott, The Council (detail, works in progress), mixed media

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Surface Tension
Nov
9
to Dec 20

Surface Tension

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Stephanie Hammill & Andrea Vinkovic

Pushing themselves and their chosen medium out of the traditional boundaries and comfort zones, these two ceramicists seek the edge of predictability and uncertainty, thus creating innovative, creative and meaningful contemporary ceramics.

 

Image: Stephanie Hammill, Rock Series (detail), 2017, ceramic

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Gifted
Nov
9
to Dec 20

Gifted

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Sue Eva & Kathy Aspinall

Gifted artists share their works perfect for gifting.  Kathy Aspinall repurposes antique or second hand items into unique jewellery pieces and artist books, while Sue Eva creates intimate still lifes that share our common humanity of love, loss, foundation and family.

 

Image: Kathy Aspinall, Mrs Stewart Dawson (detail) and Sue Eva, Rose with white pot (detail)

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