ESSINGTON: New works by Joanna Logue

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Back road to Bathurst (detail), 2010, Oil on linen 122 x 183cm. Courtesy the artist.

Back road to Bathurst (detail), 2010, Oil on linen 122 x 183cm. Courtesy the artist.

A new exhibition ESSINGTON: New works by Joanna Logue commences at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery on Saturday 10 July 2010 commencing at 6.30pm.

In 2009 the Gallery presented the inaugural Central West Regional Artists Award in association with the Calleen Art Award. The Central West Regional Artists Award is a non acquisitive award for painting and works on paper and worth $2,000. Another feature of the award is the winning artist is invited to present an exhibition of new work at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery. The 2009 award winner was by Joanna Logue and this exhibition is presented by the Gallery in collaboration with the artist.

The exhibition is multi-layered and an installation of art works comprised of paintings, photo assemblages and video art inspired by the landscape surrounding Joanna Logue’s home and studio in Oberon. The paintings are an insightful and personal response to the ephemeral nature of her surroundings. The photographs are part of a series of assemblages that capture a unique pictorial resonance. And the moving images are essentially poetic observations of the landscape, where light, sound and movement evoke a kind of dream world or a distant memory.

The exhibition will open on Saturday 10 July commencing at 6.30pm – the Gallery will be closed all day Saturday prior to the opening – by Peter Haynes Director ACT Museums and Galleries. Admission to the opening is free.

The exhibition dates are 10 July to 15 August 2010.

The Gallery is located at 77 Darling Street Cowra and open Tuesday to Saturday 10pm to 4pm and Sunday 2pm to 4pm. Admission Free.

Artist Talk
Joanna Logue with present a floor talk about the works in the exhibition on Sunday 11 July commencing at 11.30am. Admission free.

People’s Choice Winner

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Rachel Ellis with her award-winning work, Midday, side fence, Bathurst.

Rachel Ellis with her award-winning work, Midday, side fence, Bathurst.

The 2010 Calleen Art Award and Central West Regional Artists Award exhibition closed on Sunday 23 May 2010. The exhibition consisted of works by 55 finalists in a wide range of genre and styles. Over 800 people visited the exhibition this year. Comments included – “Really enjoyed the landscapes and the quality was outstanding. Thankyou” (visitors from Sydney); “A great experience and privilege to see”; “Very Impressive” (visitor Tweed Valley), “Most enjoyable” to mention a few.

The Peoples Choice Award received over 240 votes distributed across both awards. The final count was made last week and the winner of the 2010 Peoples Choice Award worth $500 and donated by the Cowra Regional Art Gallery Friends, was Bathurst based artist Rachel Ellis for her work Midday, side fence Bathurst 2009 Charcoal wash on paper. Rachel was also winner of the 2010 Central West Regional Artists Award worth $2,000.

Strike a Pose…with Lee Lin Chin

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Lee Lin Chin

Lee Lin Chin

Trends of the 1960s and 1970s have taken centre stage in the latest National Archives of Australia touring exhibition which celebrates Australian fashion photography.

Strike a Pose…with Lee Lin Chin explores the world of Australian style up to 40 years ago, when trendsetters created a fashion revolution with a mix of mini skirts, space-aged garments and granny dresses.

With fashion icon and SBS World News presenter Lee Lin Chin as guest curator, the exhibition celebrates the emerging local fashion industry of the time, along with its personalities, trends and influences.

Posed fashion shots sit alongside the exuberance of street culture, capturing the essence of a period when cultural change ruled.

“These pictures are not about art,” writes Lee Lin Chin in an introduction to the exhibition. “They are not even just about fashion because, from today’s perspective, they’ve recorded a transcendent historical moment when nothing was going to be quite the same again.”

The exhibition features 89 photographs taken by Australian Government photographers during the 1960s and 1970s to promote the burgeoning Australian fashion industry and the Australian lifestyle overseas.

Official Opening Friday 28 May 2010 at 6.30pm by Anne Lyons Assistant Director General, Access and Communication, National Archives of Australia.

2010 Calleen Art Award and Central West Regional Artists Award

Monday, April 19, 2010

2010 Calleen Art Award Winner - Claire Martin – Park View 2009 Acrylic on linen 122 x 152 cm (image courtesy the artist)

2010 Calleen Art Award Winner – Claire Martin – Park View 2009 Acrylic on linen 122 x 152 cm (image courtesy the artist)

The Cowra Regional Art Gallery is delighted to announce the winners of the 2010 Calleen Art Award and Central West Regional Artists Award.

The Calleen Art Award, first presented in 1977 through a gift by Patricia Fagan OAM, is an acquisitive award with the winning work entering the Calleen Collection which is held at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery. Through the generous support of the Calleen Trust and trustees Peter and Jenni Fagan the 2010 Calleen Art Award is worth $12,000.

This year the Awards judge Professor Amanda Lawson, Dean of Creative Arts at Wollongong University selected Park View a painting by Claire Martin from Newcastle NSW as the winner of the Calleen Art Award. The work is of a local beach-side park (from Point Lonsdale, coastal headland in Victoria) a margin between urban life and the wilderness of the open ocean. A path rises along the cliff edge, bright exposed, past the car park it ends at the lighthouse and the wide expanse facing south.

Judges comments:

“The work engages the viewer in how we experience and imagine landscape. It demonstrates excellent painterly qualities in the depiction of light and shade which have been achieved with an economy of style as well as a sense of beauty.”

The winner of the Central West Regional Artists Award (non acquisitive worth $2,000) selected by Professor Lawson was Midday, Side Fence, Bathurst a drawing in charcoal and wash by Rachel Ellis from Bathurst NSW. In her artist statement Rachael comments ‘My side fence is a subject I return to – I love the way at different times of day, and in different seasons, the light interacts with and transforms an otherwise ordinary part of the garden. In this drawing I was responding to the burgeoning spring growth and celebration of light.’

Judges comments:

“This is an atmospheric drawing on a grand scale. It explores looking at objects in an outdoor and natural environment through diffused light.”

Calleen Art Award

Highly Commended:

  • Michael Bell – Tableau (objects from my parent’s mantelpiece) 2010 Oil on canvas 130 x 168 cm
  • Kate Briscoe – Limestone rockface – Strata #2 2009 Acrylic and mixed media on canvas
  • James Guppy – The Tea Cup Fairy 2009 Acrylic on linen 30 x 76 cm
  • Gloria Stern – The Reader 2009 Oil on Canvas 70 x 87 cm

Central West Regional Artist Award

Highly Commended:

  • Tim Winters – red oxide water tracks fence lines 2009 Gouache and pastel on paper 93 x 122 cm
  • Carol Endean Little – Tone Poem (Drowned City 1) 2008 Charcoal on cotton paper 76 x 96 cm

The Friends of the Gallery Committee have also generously donated $500 for the People’s Choice Award which will be announced at the end of the exhibition. The exhibition of works by the 55 finalists will continue at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery, 77 Darling Street to Sunday 23 May 2010.

2009 CALLEEN ART AWARD AND CENTRAL WEST REGIONAL ARTISTS AWARD

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

The winner of the 2009 Calleen Art Award worth $10,000 went to Rowen Matthews from Blackheath for his work Rain Break (2009) oil on canvas.

The winner of the 2009 Calleen Art Award worth $10,000 went to Rowen Matthews from Blackheath for his work Rain Break (2009) oil on canvas.

The winners of the 2009 Calleen Art Award and inaugural Central West Regional Artists Award where announced at the awards exhibition opening on Friday 20 March at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery.

The exhibition was opened by Cr Bill West Mayor of Cowra Shire Council and the announcement of the awards was made by the Awards Judge Peter Haynes Director, ACT Museums and Galleries to a packed Gallery of visitors and finalists.

The winner of the 2009 Calleen Art Award worth $10,000 went to Rowen Matthews from Blackheath for his work Rain Break (2009) oil on canvas. This is an acquisitive award and the work will join the Calleen Collection which is housed at the Gallery. The judge also gave a Commended award to Canberra based artist Stephanie Haygarth for her work Too late in the day (2009), acrylic on watercolour paper, and a Commended award to Illawarra based artist Greer Taylor for her work Echo (2009), acrylic and oxides on board.

The Central West Regional Artists Award (non acquisitive) worth $2,000 went to Oberon based artist Joanna Logue for her work Conifers – Essington (2009) oil on canvas. The Judge also gave Highly Commended awards to Cowra based artist Greg Daly for his work Glaze-on-glaze platter with gold and silver (2008) thrown stoneware; Woodstock based artist Peter Larsen for his work The Junction – where the Belubula River joins the Lachlan on its way westwards (2009) watercolour; and Morpeth based artist Aida Pottinger for her work Leaving Lancashire (2009) oil on canvas.

As winner of the Central West Regional Artists Award Joanna Logue will also have an exhibition at the Gallery in 2010.

The winner of the Peoples Choice Award will be decided at the end of the exhibition.

Artist catalogue statement: In December 2008 I was fortunate to have a residency at the Kings Bridge Cottage on the Cataract River, just outside Launceston, Tasmania. I enjoyed the dramatic weather and dark drama of the place, painting the strong deep V shapes of the rocky gorge and the rough upright cliffs that seem to squeeze a triangular piece of sky. In the evening, the strong shadows in the gorge allowed me to make the hard tonal work in this painting, Rain Break.

Judges Comments

  • This work has immediate impact
  • Powerful use of paint to create textures of wild nature/nature untamed
  • Bold, gestural brushstrokes capture energy & vitality of scene depicted
  • Excellent use of impasto
  • Simple yet striking contrasts (e.g. central band of the waterfall and the “triangular” masses of the rock formations to either side)
  • Tightly structured composition
  • Astute use of spatial planes and interactions to underscore the resolution of the pictorial structure

Winner – 2009 Central West Regional Artists Award: Joanna Logue – Conifers – Essington (2009) Oil on canvas

Artist catalogue statement: ‘Conifers – Essington’ was inspired by the landscape surrounding my studio in Oberon. Whilst making the work I was interested in the tension created by the juxtaposition of shapes against the wider field and the placement of these forms within the picture plain. By doing away with extraneous detail my hope is that a kind of distillation might take place where the essence of this landscape hums softly through.’

Judges Comments

  • Mysterious, enigmatic picture
  • Traces of memories
  • Beautifully nuanced combinations of colours, shapes and lines
  • Clever contrasts and simultaneous elisions of the organic and the abstract (puffs of white, swathes of green)
  • Layered forms and brushstrokes highly evocative of the movement of light through trees
  • Quiet and dignified structural rhythms give lyrical almost musical quality

“The awards not only add to the accomplishments of the Gallery but also aim to support contemporary art practices and encourage originality, creativity and excellence in the different spheres of the awards categories. Also, through the Calleen Art Award the Cowra Regional Art Gallery continues to build a collection of enduring significance and regional achievement.” Gallery Director – Brian Langer

Exhibition Dates: 21 March to 19 April 2009