24th Mar 2018 - 3rd Apr 2018 to (Everyday)
Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre, 782 Kingsway, Gymea NSW
The outcome of a five-year partnership between the School of the Arts, English and Media and Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre, this exhibition provides support for emerging artists from southern Sydney and the Illawarra to exhibit their work, in some cases for the first time outside the university.
Sutherland Shire Council Mayor, Carmelo Pesce, said how delighted Council is to be part of this initiative supporting the next generation of artists.
Vital Signs showcases the work of fourteen recent graduates. Works from the 2017 Graduate Show were chosen by UOW visual arts lecturer Dr Madeleine Kelly and Hazelhurst curator Ms Carrie Kibbler, and encompass a diverse range of approaches to creative practice. These artists working in painting, drawing, sculpture, photography and textiles, have created a diverse exhibition showcasing works informed by contemporary cultural and political themes.
Exhibiting artist, Danny Ivanovski said, “My aspiration is to create, learn, network and exhibit, and to enjoy kick starting my career while working and experimenting with ideas and materials to comment on important issues”. Danny’s sculptural and video work, Impact, explores our current geological epoch, and the effect of consumer consumption on the natural environment.
These artists are seeking to unsettle attitudes to contemporary cultural and political concerns. Some artists are influenced by their experiences of family, memory and history, and how personal history informs identity and art-making.
Anabel Malcom’s series of forty oil and gel paintings entitled Peter, for instance, revolves around materiality and repetition in order to explore relationships with both the psychological and physical expressions of mental illness in figurative works representing her uncle and muse. Anabel says “I’m thankful for the opportunity to present my work in an amazing public gallery space, and to be working with likeminded creative people”
Vital Signs offers these emerging artists an opportunity to exhibit their work in a highly regarded, regional gallery and art centre, however, the partnership also provides an exceptional opportunity for two graduate students to build their professional experience.
The first is through The Hazelhurst Arts Centre Artist in Residence Prize, a two week residency at the Hazelhurst cottage; while the second is an internship working on Vital Signs, allowing hands on experience with artist liaison, and the technical and creative aspects of installation.
“This position has given me a new insight into how a gallery, and how exhibitions are run” says 2018 intern, Lucy Donovan: “ it’s such a unique opportunity and it has really given me a critical understanding of the work that goes behind each and every program and exhibition the gallery has to offer”.
Vital Signs opens 2pm Saturday 24th March at the Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre and continues until Tuesday 3rd April. Admission is free and all are welcome to attend.
Opening: 2pm Saturday 24 March
On Show: 24 March – 3 April 2017
Open daily 10am – 5pm. (Closed Good Friday)
Admission is Free
Image: Danny Ivanovski Impact 2017, paper and single channel video, detail.