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20
Aug
13

Opening photographs: ‘John Cato Retrospective’ and book launch

Exhibition dates: 17th August – 15th September 2013

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Read the opening speech

Visit the John Cato website

View some of his images

Photographers David Callow and Andrew Chapman’s video tribute to John Cato (18 mins 39 secs) can be viewed on Vimeo (Password is Cato)

Please click on the photographs to see a larger version of the image and to view other photographs from the opening.

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David Simmonds Photographer: Cato Launch &emdash; SIMMONDS__CatoBook-0213

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David Simmonds
Dr Marcus Bunyan at the John Cato Retrospective
2013
© David Simmonds Photographer

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David Simmonds Photographer: Cato Launch &emdash; SIMMONDS__CatoBook-0218

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David Simmonds
Dr Marcus Bunyan at the John Cato Retrospective
2013
© David Simmonds Photographer

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Ballarat International Foto Biennale
Mining Exchange building
8 Lydiard St N
Ballarat VIC 3350
T: (03) 5333 4242

Ballarat International Foto Biennale website

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20
Aug
13

Exhibition: ‘Globelight ’13 [New Light Art + Design]’ at Anita Traverso Gallery, Richmond, Melbourne

Exhibition dates: 30th July – 24th August 2013

Curated by James Tapscott and Sam Mitchell-Fin

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Although I could not get to the second part of the exhibition at Abbotsford Convent, what I saw of this exhibition of light-based art and design by Australian and international artists at Anita Traverso Gallery in Richmond was fascinating.  I love interesting concepts and works constructed with light / space / images and this show is certainly exuberant and inventive.

Of particular interest were three artists who use multiple images and objects in boxes to form three-dimensional sculptures, the images inside resembling the spatiality of early stereographs (for- mid- and background). In the work by The Tam Projects the perspex slide at the front of the box with the topographic dots can be removed and replaced with another screen of dots, thus altering the mapping of the image. Catherine Johnstone’s work Grief Keeps Watch 7, 8 + 9 (2012, below) uses collections of bits and pieces, remnants, traces which enable the artist to hold onto the memory of her father who has passed away. Perran Costi’s beautifully made wooden boxes hold Sydney-based scenes in 3D printed on glass and were ravishing in their collective density. Ilan El’s ORA (2011, below) features three black knobs that control the Red, Green and Blue spectrum (RGB), enabling the viewer to create an endless rainbow of colours to match their shifting moods.

My favourite piece in the exhibition was George Angelovski’s light box LUKAS (2012, below), a portrait which cycles through various colours using remote controlled RGB LEDs which lends the portrait different characters such as threatening or placid, depending on the colour of the moment. This feeling of un/ease is increased because the eyes of LUKAS are white as in a supernova (probably red eye from a flash which has printed white in the black and white image), and in the right eye there is a black spot, an inclusion, a dark star that further disturbs the handsome features of the man. I really loved this beautiful, cerebral work.

Both curators (James Tapscott and Sam Mitchell-Fin) and artists are to be congratulated for this New Light Art + Design initiative. It’s a great idea to have a festival that exhibits a such a wide variety of works across both light art and design in Australia. Let’s hope it is even more successful next year.

Marcus

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Many thankx to Anita Traverso Gallery for allowing me to publish the photographs in the posting. Please click on the photographs for a larger version of the image.

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The Tam Projects (Tess Hamilton, Adriana Bernado, Melissa Acker) 'Colour box' 2013

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The Tam Projects (Tess Hamilton, Adriana Bernado, Melissa Acker)
Colour box
2013
Lightbox, A3 print on cotton rag + film slides on acrylic
15 x 14 x 33 cm

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Catherine Johnstone. 'Grief Keeps Watch 7, 8 + 9' 2012

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Catherine Johnstone
Grief Keeps Watch 7, 8 + 9
2012
Pigment on x-ray + found objects on acrylic, light boxes
25.5 x 23 x 17 cm

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Catherine Johnstone. 'Grief Keeps Watch 8' 2012 (detail)

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Catherine Johnstone
Grief Keeps Watch 8 (detail)
2012
Pigment on x-ray + found objects on acrylic, light boxes
25.5 x 23 x 17 cm

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Perran Costi. 'Autumn' (nearest), 'Bird House', 'Sunset on King Street' and 'Oasis' 2012

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Perran Costi
Autumn (nearest), Bird House, Sunset on King Street and Oasis
2012
Glass, hardwood + light
Dimensions variable

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Perran Costi. 'Sunset on King Street' 2012

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Perran Costi
Sunset on King Street
2012
Glass, hardwood + light
16 x 16 x 8.7 cm

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Perran Costi. 'Landgrab' 2012

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Perran Costi
Landgrab
2012
Suitcase, glass, soil, acrylic + light
57 x 50 x 34

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Kent Gration. 'Leviathan 1 + 2' 2013

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Kent Gration
Leviathan 1 + 2
2013
Carbonised + natural bamboo, LED lighting
50 x 50 x 125 cm each

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Globelight ’13 is an exhibition of light-based art and design by Australian and international artists. Curated by James Tapscott and Sam Mitchell-Fin, this is the inaugural event of what is to become an annual festival-style event that aims to grow into a significant part of Victoria’s cultural calendar. An exciting cross-section of Australian and international artists and designers will occupy both spaces at Anita Traverso Gallery and the grounds of the Abbotsford Convent with light-based sculpture, installation, design objects and video art throughout the month of August.

The Festival aims to become an important inclusion on the local and international cultural calendar being the only festival of its kind that exhibits a such a wide variety of works across both light art and design in Australia. The festival has already attracted the attention of the lighting community and related industries, thus confirming the need for such an event that supports the growing number of artists and innovative designers working in this medium.”

Text from the Anita Traverso Gallery and Globelight websites

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Sam Mitchell-Fin. 'Open infinity (blue)' 2013

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Sam Mitchell-Fin
Open infinity (blue)
2013
Neon
Size variable

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Sam Mitchell-Fin. 'I Wish I could tell you, but I can't find the words' 2013

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Sam Mitchell-Fin
I Wish I could tell you, but I can’t find the words
2013
Neon + timber
Size variable

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Ilan El. 'ORA' 2011

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Ilan El
ORA
2011
Zenolite front face, RGB LEDs + powder coated mild steel body
4 x 60 cm (diameter)

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James Tapscott. 'Primaries and Secondaries' 2013

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James Tapscott
Primaries and Secondaries
2013
RGB LEDs, perspex, wood
65 x 65 x 65 cm

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George Angelovski. 'LUKAS' 2012

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George Angelovski
LUKAS
2012
Remote controlled RGB LEDs + mixed media
100 x 130 cm

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Laura Lay
The Established Child Series
2013
Acrylic panels with EL wire threads, 4 inverters + plug in adapters
4 x 30 x 30 cm

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George Angelovski. 'LUKAS' 2012

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George Angelovski
LUKAS
2012
Remote controlled RGB LEDs + mixed media
100 x 130 cm

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Anita Traverso Gallery
7, Albert Street
Richmond, Vic 3121

Opening hours:
Wed – Sat 11 – 5

Anita Traverso Gallery website

Globelight 2103 website

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Dr Marcus Bunyan is an Australian artist and writer. His work explores the boundaries of identity and place. He writes the Art Blart blog which reviews exhibitions in Melbourne, Australia and posts exhibitions from around the world. He has a Dr of Philosophy from RMIT University, Melbourne and is currently studying a Master of Art Curatorship at The University of Melbourne.

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