Encountering

UNSW Art & Design, Master of Art
EXHIBITION  RUNS
   
November
   
21
 -  
December
   
2
The exhibition illustrates a spectrum of themes that permeate collective consciousness. It charts the important ideas of our time rather than offering variations on a single topic. Subjects vary from social malaise, personal catharsis, environmental alarm, cultural dislocation, relational dynamics, spiritual connectedness, and the importance of returning to a pre-technological pace.

INFORMATION

It is with great pleasure that we present Encountering, a group exhibition showcasing the diverse studio-based practices of Consolidated Studio course students at Gaffa Gallery in Sydney.

 

This course is designed to support the development of practice-based research. It provides an opportunity for students to consolidate their practical and conceptual skills through the production of a resolved body of work, in the context of a professional group exhibition experience. The works presented before you reflect an intense period of engagement with studio practice and are as diverse as they are ambitious.

 

The show’s title, Encountering, encapsulates the transaction of experience between artwork and viewer. The moment of engagement between the object or surface and the active body that moves towards it and directs attention to it. This interaction also refers to the encounter of artist with their practice, with thoughtful experimentation and invention, and with their chosen material as it is handled and synthesised to final production. The act of making and looking at art can be taken as a collection of encounters.

 

The exhibition illustrates a spectrum of themes that permeate collective consciousness. It charts the important ideas of our time rather than offering variations on a single topic. Subjects vary from social malaise, personal catharsis, environmental alarm, cultural dislocation, relational dynamics, spiritual connectedness, and the importance of returning to a pre-technological pace. Each artist has pursued their area of study in a methodical and analytic manner, achieving deeply considered bodies of work. The artists welcome you to encounter this collective spectrum and engage in the translations offered.    

 

On behalf of the students I would like to thank the staff at Gaffa Gallery, Richard Crampton and Christian Davis from Darkstar Digital, and course convenor Professor Paul Thomas. Most importantly, I would like to thank and congratulate this group of dedicated emerging artists for the collaborative energy they have offered to this near seamless undertaking.

 

Tonee Messiah

Sessional Lecturer

UNSW Art & Design, Sydney

It is with great pleasure that we present Encountering, a group exhibition showcasing the diverse studio-based practices of Consolidated Studio course students at Gaffa Gallery in Sydney.

 

This course is designed to support the development of practice-based research. It provides an opportunity for students to consolidate their practical and conceptual skills through the production of a resolved body of work, in the context of a professional group exhibition experience. The works presented before you reflect an intense period of engagement with studio practice and are as diverse as they are ambitious.

 

The show’s title, Encountering, encapsulates the transaction of experience between artwork and viewer. The moment of engagement between the object or surface and the active body that moves towards it and directs attention to it. This interaction also refers to the encounter of artist with their practice, with thoughtful experimentation and invention, and with their chosen material as it is handled and synthesised to final production. The act of making and looking at art can be taken as a collection of encounters.

 

The exhibition illustrates a spectrum of themes that permeate collective consciousness. It charts the important ideas of our time rather than offering variations on a single topic. Subjects vary from social malaise, personal catharsis, environmental alarm, cultural dislocation, relational dynamics, spiritual connectedness, and the importance of returning to a pre-technological pace. Each artist has pursued their area of study in a methodical and analytic manner, achieving deeply considered bodies of work. The artists welcome you to encounter this collective spectrum and engage in the translations offered.    

 

On behalf of the students I would like to thank the staff at Gaffa Gallery, Richard Crampton and Christian Davis from Darkstar Digital, and course convenor Professor Paul Thomas. Most importantly, I would like to thank and congratulate this group of dedicated emerging artists for the collaborative energy they have offered to this near seamless undertaking.

 

Tonee Messiah

Sessional Lecturer

UNSW Art & Design, Sydney

FEATURED  WORKS

Enhao Li, Empty, 2019, Inkjet Print on rag paper, 29 x 42 cm
Kristy Gordon, Presence (detail), 2019, Acrylic on plywood panel, 70 x 60cm
Neela Shearer, Still Here (detail), 2019, Water based and oil paint on canvas, 76 x 76cm

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