Wednesday February 2nd at 6 - 8pm
February 2nd to February 20th
SPIRIT IS A BONE
For her exhibition at c3, Kirra Jamison has created a large-scale site-specific painting.
Drawing upon dark mythologies and childhood fairy tales Jamison paints surreal worlds that are haunting and whimsical. Set in the natural world these paintings depict deliberately ambiguous narratives that straddle the worlds of reality and imagination. The artist employs a palette that ranges from the subdued and muted to the kaleidoscopic and employs a wide range of techniques that move freely from loose and spontaneous mark making to meticulously executed finer details.
Jamison was a recipient of the Anne and Gordon Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarship (2007). She exhibits regularly in solo and group exhibitions and her work is help in private and corporate collections including that of Art Bank, Macquarie Bank, KPMG and the Newcastle Regional Art Gallery. She is represent by Sophie Gannon, Melbourne and Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane.
STRANGERS TO OURSELVES
We carry our own culture with us wherever we go. There can be a struggle between one's old & new culture and finding a sense of belonging between the two.
In Strangers to Ourselves the artist draws on personal experiences of living in Norway as an outsider (Australian) and finding her place within this unfamiliar culture.
Using traditional Norwegian dress called a bunad, Nina explores through bodily expression, her efforts of trying to understand her relationship to Norway (married to a Norwegian) and feeling stuck between two countries.
FIGHT OR FLIGHT
Loved, feared, celebrated and even hated, owls have a long running history in many cultures throughout the world.
They have been seen as markers of gods, symbols of knowledge, wisdom, fertility, as well as death, famine and destruction. There are few creatures that have been perceived with such contradictory meanings.
Darren Henderson's anthropomorphic birds are distinctly individual, each expressing the infinite shades and subtle conveyance of different emotions. Fight or Flightis a celebration of the unexpected and unplanned. Drawing inspiration from both the subtle simplicities and complexities of life.
A founding member of The Autopsy Gallery in Melbourne, Darren has exhibited in a number of group exhibitions and has been featured in several publications including Wooden Toy, Juxtapoz (USA) and Sunday Life (The Herald-Sun and The Sunday Age).
FORGETTING TO SLEEP
“ Eco Paralysis: The sense that our problems are insurmountable. Most of us know that changing our light bulbs isn’t adequate to address the scale of what is taking place and this manifests itself as apathy, complacency and disengagement”
(Adbusters Magazine, 2010)
The works in this exhibition attempt to explore the concept of apathy and inaction being manifestations of guilt and anxiety experienced in response to knowledge of environmental issues.
Within this body of work Gray explores the notion of Stasis through an abstract investigation into the materiality and substance of paint which drips, dribbles and runs over the underlying structures before arresting in its flow. Although the organic nature of this process may seem ungovernable, the paint takes on a force through carefully regarded manipulation and motive in specific medium choice and application. There is a tension created between the fluidity of paint, the random reaction of its viscosity, gravitational pull, and the rigor by which Gray considers and appropriates these techniques within the paradigm of ‘traditional’ painting, creating a flux between the substance and material properties of paint and the forms that are created out of process.