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It was here or was it there? Sydney Art Exchange in Bondi
Contemporary Art show by Sydney Art Exchange - third exhibition. Buy or rent gorgeous art.
Free Art Show at Bondi Pavilion, Bondi Beach
Bondi Pavilion Gallery is located in the Bondi Beach Car Park.
Sydney Art Exchange shows "It was here … Or was it there?" Stunning contemporary Art works about Loss (it's much happier than it sounds).
Contemporary Art Show in Bondi Pavilion Gallery, Bondi Beach
In their third exhibition at Bondi Pavilion, Sydney Art Exchange have taken the absence of sea-shells from Bondi Beach as a metaphor for loss. A group of prize-winning Sydney-based artists have established the not-for-profit co-operative, Sydney Art Exchange (set up in 2008), with an aim to encourage the creation and marketing of contemporary artworks through their own initiative and collaboration.
Artwork on show at the It was here....or was it there? Sydney Art Exchange Contemporary Show.
These talented artists have come together and are now showing contemporary fine art in a temporary show beside the sea. Some of the art is for sale, some is for rent and/or for sale.
In their paintings, prints, installation and video, the artists, Corinne Brittain, Elke Wohlfahrt, Anya Pesce, Kerry MacAulay and Eleanor Er, reflect on emotions, painting to entice us to think of memories, movement, settling elsewhere, reaching out, enjoying the freedom and luck of where you are when you're happy and the degradation of the environment. All this is done using wondrous and modern techniques.
As is the way with all art, it's subjective. Not all of the pieces scream loss, some you would even say are more about ownership and the love of one's countryman/woman/land and the joy and inspiration of colour and uniqueness.
Buy or Rent Art via Sydney Art Exchange
Elke Wohlfahrt, whom I met yesterday when I viewed the exhibition said: "We show our individual art works as well as a collaborative video installation made on location about the loss of sea-shells at Bondi Beach and we became determined to return shells here. In Corinne Brittain's work, kids are taking the opportunity to make up words from her sugar letters and many adults join them.
Corinne Brittain's work 'words don't come easy to me'
Our paintings are mainly abstract and we wish to encourage our visitors to connect with their feelings about what they see."
I felt happy looking at the paintings and not at all at a loss. I just wished I'd had a bit longer to take a look around, (I was going out for dinner to a local Indian restaurant, but that's another review altogether!) and was actually quite inspired to try to copy one (am I allowed to say that?). Yes, probably because that's what I say whenever I go to a modern art exhibition and never quite get round to doing it, so Elke and Anya no need to worry just yet!
Bright and seductive Art and Installations from Sydney Art Exchange
There are beautiful, vibrant, ultra modern pieces painted on perspex and hung by metal bolts. There are diptych's in blues to be hung horizontally or vertically and one smashing piece (Number 19, I lost my Heart to Green and Gold) by Elke herself which she explained is her native flag of Germany in abstract form to combine with the idea of merging with Australia in Green and Gold. Mostly painted by adding yellow paint to black paint to increase the spectrum and draw it back to glorious yellow, whilst the black remains peeping out behind the brush strokes on top of the red to symbolise the German flag.
I lost my Heart to Green and Gold
Quite remarkable and actually one of my favourite pieces after the Number 11. Gesture IV Orange and Pink Anya Pesce Acrylic on acetate in a perspex frame.
Number 11. Gesture IV Orange and Pink Anya Pesce Acrylic on acetate in a perspex frame.
Oh, how I love that picture.
The exhibition runs until Saturday 24th October and is open daily from 10-5. Entry is free - thank you very much ladies.
For more information please call 04 2527 8681 Elke Wohlfahrt - be sure to tell her I loved her painting so much I'm writing this review.