Exquisite contemporary art exhibitions in St Kilda
Two beautiful exhibitions have opened at St Kilda's heritage listed gallery, Linden New Art.
Linden Projects: Paper (A Contemporary Exploration Of Paper)
Linden New Art presents Lindon Projects: Paper exhibition; a combination of four solo artists using one of the oldest of art mediums. The exhibition explores how paper can be used to create modern pieces by contemporary artists of today.
Peta Clancy presents an intimate series of self-portrait photography, using a technique involving tiny pinpricks that are punctured into the surface of a photography paper, which then marks the photography image to form an intricate embroidery-like texture.
Peta Clancy - Lips
Sydney-based Gunjan Aylawadi, presents a floor-based installation. Inspired by her Hindu background, Gunjan has hand-cut and rolled thousands of strips of paper onto her hand-drawn designs, to compile a pattern similar to those seen on mosiac tiles.
Paper-cut extraordinaire and Fine Arts (Honours) Graduate Emma Van Leest uses her meticulous skills to present an art piece exploring the repercussions of colonialism and exploration. Her wedding trousseau is a paper-cut veil and head-piece, created in remembrance of Judick Bastiaenz; one of the survivors of the infamous Batavia incident, a shipwreck and mutiny off the coast of Geraldton, WA in 1629.
Becc Orzagg's contribution to the Linden Projects: Paper exhibition, showcases her surrealist charcoal drawings, inspired by a deep fascination with "the human desire for a higher place, beyond our earthly world, such as heaven or a utopia".
Linden Projects: Atmosphere
Linden's sister project, Atmosphere, explores the implications of climate change on the earth's atmosphere through contemporary art. The series of exhibitions is part of the Art Climate = Change 2015 program.
Linden Projects: Atmosphere sees two Melbourne-based solo artists (Alice Wormald and Debbie Symons) present solo exhibitions alongside one group exhibit.
Alice Wormald's paintings are based on collages using found images of natural and geological formations, vegetation, rocks and landscapes. Alice warps composition and scale to present usual landscapes that require up-close observation.
Debbie Symons presents a video installation for the exhibition; Counting One to Four, which explores the consequences of global warming on the earth's biodiversity. Debbie uses environmental data to depict the relationship between the degradation of our environment through climate change and industrialisation. She credits Sir David Attenborough as the most influential person that has shaped her artistic endeavors.
Adriane and Verity Hayward co-curate the group exhibition; Tomorrow Never Dies, featuring work by local artists Atticus Bastow, Jack Rowland, Rebecca Mayo and Andrew Tetzlaff, interstate artist, Elisa Jane Carmichael as well as international Canadian First Nation guest artist Jason Baerg. The exhibit explores the illusion that the world will always be there when we wake up tomorrow, challenging the changes we see to the earth's environment affected by global warming.