To gather at the door with strangers; to be led inside, directed where to sit, where to stand, when to close your eyes, when to open; moving in and through dim light, even darkness, to try receiving a space or a work with senses other than the visual: these were some of the pleasures of the art event, Let Me See: Arts & Technology. About so much more than seeing. KIERAN FINNANE reviews.
A show of “light and dark”, of “quiet and intriguing discoveries”, that “answers questions and poses them”, is how Helen Maxwell OAM, art consultant and valuer, described Groundrush, an exhibition at the Araluen Arts Centre that opened last Friday. It grew out of the work of six artists who took part in a residency at the Groundrush mine in the Tanami Desert in 2007. KIERAN FINNANE reports. Image:Dancing on the Scats by Pamela Lofts and Nic Hempel.
From a distance, it looks like a row of softdrink dispensing machines, but up close it is revealed in all its glory as a heavy-handed piece of signage. Taking its cue from the Big Banana and the like, it's a row of Big Books, there to hit you over the head with the fact that this is a public library. KIERAN FINNANE comments.
'If you drop a stitch, or forget the code, it all unravels – and so does your mind'
Artist Nicky Schonkala has had a big month: she was responsible with Ralf Haertel for the much admired knit graffiti on the Alice Springs Courthouse; she collaborated with Dave Nixon on an exciting video work, Dimension Elevator Mk2, shown as part of the Watch This Space exhibition, Shift, and now Common Threads has opened, again at Watch This Space. It's not quite a solo show as she has chosen to collaborate with artists working in other disciplines to extend its scope but it is her textile art that is very much centre stage, purposefully treading (or blurring) a line between art and craft, asking the question of herself and viewers, what is art and what is craft? Is there a difference and how do you decide? Fellow artist PIP McMANUS addressed these questions when she opened the show last night.
Pictured: Dancer/choreographer Miriam Nicholls responding to the work at the opening last night. Photo courtesy DAVE NIXON.