Two New Exhibitions showcasing Tokyo street fashion and contemporary Shibori textiles

Monday, August 16, 2010

 Photograph by Shoichi Aoki from FRUiTS magazine no. 35, April 2000. Photo courtesy of Shoichi Aoki.

Photograph by Shoichi Aoki from FRUiTS magazine no. 35, April 2000. Photo courtesy of Shoichi Aoki.

The first exhibition, FRUiTS: Tokyo street style explores a radical Japanese fashion culture through photographs by Shoichi Aoki. The exhibition features more than 60 photographs taken in Tokyo between 1997 and 2002. The striking portraits provide a fascinating insight to the lives of a group of young Japanese people who express their individuality and fixations through their clothing.

Aoki began documenting street fashion in Tokyo’s fashionable Harajuku area in the mid 1990s when he noticed a change in the way young people were dressing.

Rather than following European and American trends, youth were customising elements of traditional Japanese dress – kimono, obi sashes and geta sandals – and combining them with handmade, second-hand and alternative designer fashion in an innovative ‘DIY’ approach to dressing.

According to Shoichi Aoki, the fashion featured in FRUiTS is “more about the art of ‘putting things on’ than the art of making clothes.”

“Because western clothing has a short history in Japan, there is a strong tendency for people to dress in the same style as each other…In Japan, having a different style is a kind of risk…”

“The fashion movement that came about in Harajuku was a revolution. This kind of fashion was not ‘suggested’ by designers, but rather, the fashion of the young inspired the designers.”

Some of the many styles seen in FRUiTS include punk, cyber and decora, in which simple garments are accessorised with toys and plastic jewellery that clink together to add an aural dimension to dress. Clothing inspired by cartoon characters like Sailor Moon are also popular. This is a touring exhibition developed by the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, in association with Shoichi Aoki and supported by Museums and Galleries NSW and Arts NSW through the ITEG program.

Glynis Jones, Curator, Design, History and Society at the Powerhouse Museum will present a floor talk at the Gallery about the exhibition on Saturday 21 August 2010 at 11am (Admission Free).

There is also a special schools day on Wednesday 8 September at 1pm with guest speaker Suzanne Chee, Textile Conservator at the Powerhouse Museum, who will talk about Japanese fashion, drawing on FRUiTS and other exhibitions from the Powerhouse Museum (Admission Free).

The second exhibition at the Gallery is The Eternal Now – Shibori textiles by Barbara Schey a showcase of her Shibori textiles shown at recent major textile exhibitions overseas and new works presented in Australia for the first time, including Shibori textile lengths, kiminos, wraps and 3D wall works. Barbara Schey is a Sydney based textile artist and weaver with over 30 years experience working with Shibori. She is also a workshop tutor and has been in many group exhibitions around Australia and overseas as well as attending the last five World Shibori Symposiums in Chile, UK, Australia, Japan and France. The exhibition has been supported by Arts NSW.

Barbara Schey will present a talk about her work in the exhibition on Saturday 21 August from 12 noon (Admission Free). She is also presenting a special 2 day Shibori workshop at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery on Saturday 28 August and Sunday 29 August from 10am – 4pm. Cost $66.00 full or $55.00 (Gallery Friends/Cons) – limited to 10 participants.

Crusty Oceania

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Jenny From The Tank, Nicole Thompson

Jenny From The Tank, Nicole Thompson

From 10 August to 18 September 2010 the Cowra Regional Art Gallery is presenting a new touring exhibition Crusty Oceania from the Mosaic Association of Australia & New Zealand (MAANZ),

Located in the Cowra Library the 16 works in the exhibition have been inspired by creatures living in the ocean including crustaceans such as Lobsters and the Hermit Crab that lives in an outer shell for protection.

The works on display have been selected from 64 entries entered into the 2009 MAANZ bi-annual exhibition called 30:30 Vision (due to the 30cm x 30cm format of each work).

MAANZ is a voluntary organization that offers exhibitions for members as well as providing a mentorship program pairing aspirant mosaicsts with professionals who are some of the finest mosaic artists in Australia today. There are mosaic artists and associations around the world. While the spiritual home of mosaics is arguably Italy, these days mosaic making is an international art form.

Cowra Library hours are Monday to Wednesday and Friday 10am – 5.30pm and Saturday 10am – 12.30pm.

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.