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'Scott Chaseling: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow' - Exhibition at Kirra Galleries, Fed Square

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Kirra Galleries is currently hosting a exhibition showcasing a large collection of contemporary works by Australian glass artist Scott Chaseling.

Chaseling began working with glass serendipitously after studying sculpture in South Australia. Now more than 25 years later, his work is represented in the collections of museums around the world, including Australia, Asia, Europe and the US.

The celebrated artist is also the recipient of many awards, including the Ranamok Glass Prize and Australia and a Gold Medal at the Bavarian State Prize, Germany.

In this new exhibition, titled 'Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow', visitors can chart Chaseling's artistic journey from 2004 to 2008.

'Yesterday' reintroduces visitors to Chaseling's work from 2004 to 2008.

This series of work, which lasted for ten years, shows the steady development of research of the material and the time given skill that allowed Chaseling to become dexterous at presenting ideas in the painted snapshot.

The artworks for this exhibition have not been exhibited before in Australia.

'Today' continues Chaseling's research into the figure, and recalls the social and political narratives that originally appeared in his early works from the 1990s. While removing the realism or the painted image, the sculptures now tell their stories through an abstract narrative.

'Tomorrow' was set as a challenge. These are not 'works in progress' but finished pieces. It is through the completion of an edition or a commission that the artwork is finalised.

The paintings of Scott Chaseling's artworks impart a narrative that present as a still frame from a complete account, and yet also appear mystical and open-ended. This allows the viewer to bring his/her own history to complete the commentary focusing on the physical expressions of his characters.

With paintings open to public viewing and others hidden, Chaseling raises possibilities of interpretation rather than forcing his own.

This exhibition is now showing at Kirra Galleries until Sunday 20th April 2014. It is open to the public from 10am to 6pm daily. Entry is free.
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When: 27th March until 20th April, 2014
Where: Kirra Galleries, Federation Square Melbourne
Cost: Free
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