Running from 8-19 August 2017, in this group show three small works are shown, each a continuation of the Breathing Space series. Selected as one of 45 artists with each artist having a unique connection to fortyfivedownstairs. 45 at 45 provides a snapshot of the creativity and innovation that has filled fortyfivedownstairs over the past decade and a half.
Come Hover is a new work on paper from the Breathing Space series. This work is being shown from 2 June 2017- 1 July 2017 as part of the Snapshot series at Goulburn Regional Art Gallery.
It continues the exploration of contemporary abstract art working as a conduit between the viewer and the sacred through encounters with space and light; different artistic traditions are combined to produce spatial ambiguity all in the service of mystery.
While immersed in a sound piece by composer Benjamin Drury, in scented atmosphere, the visitor is invited to rest and contemplate accompanied by the suspended work Breathing Space 1: Into the New Creation. On one side, working through the graduated palette of warm-colored skin tones and the metaphor of light, the work seeks to draw you into an open space where the mind can be stilled. On the other side, the physical reality of the wooden crossbars and stretchers can be seen - the skeleton that is holding in place the linen skin. And gently inscribed on certain parts of the raw underbelly of the linen, can be found the names of those who have asked for prayer.
Further prayers, requested during the BREATHING SPACE installation, will be written on the raw linen and become part of the fabric of the work.
...touching, (Station 4: Jesus meets his mother), is currently being exhibited in STATIONS OF THE CROSS 2017 at the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture chapel. The exhibition comprises of 16 artists who each respond to a different Station of the Cross. The Stations are taken from the story of Jesus' walk along the Via Delarosa, Jerusalem, from his death sentence through to the crucifixion and subsequent resurrection. It runs from March 18-26 and is open daily from 10am to 4pm. Initially in Canberra the exhibition will then run in Sydney from 4-17 April at Northmead Creative and Performing Arts School.
The Gibber, the Gift was part of a group show in which individual artists from diverse backgrounds responded to a given point in the process of human life. This work was a response to Station 14: the naming and the blessing of the child; I see within the Old Testament naming tradition of placing a child within her extensive familial lineage, as form of acknowledgment of her personal DNA (micro) alongside the physical reality of time and place (macro). This work shifts between being an interior and exterior landscape.
Check out The Spirit of Things to hear artists and theologians reflect on the meaning of creation in this exhibition