Starting in February 2018, City Recital Hall and The Other Art Fair presented by Saatchi Art present the first of four showings of The Exhibition Project. This exciting new exhibition program has been developed to enliven City Recital Hall with contemporary visual art across its foyers and will primarily feature works of emerging artists who participate in The Other Art Fair, Sydney.
The Other Art Fair presented by Saatchi Art is the favourite art fair of audiences in Australia, the US, and the UK to meet and buy directly from the very best emerging and undiscovered artists, carefully selected by a committee of art world experts.
The Exhibition Project provides a unique opportunity to explore the connection between the four groups of musical instruments within an orchestra and four art styles, through the practice of emerging Australian artists who exhibited at The Other Art Fair presented by Saatchi Art.
The four art styles chosen by the curators represent significant modes of artistic practice and endeavour, however in the hands of the selected artists they have been pursued with a refreshing vigour and unique sensibility.
The woodwind section provides atmosphere and space within the orchestra just as the Australian landscape provides a raw canvas for artists that is both majestic and emotive. Each art work represents a slice of Australian life that is both familiar and foreign. They give you a feeling that you have lived these visions within a dream, the colours either flat and vibrant, or subdued and melancholy.
Contemporary art – Art that is current, offering a fresh perspective and point of view, and often employing new techniques and new media. (Source: australia.gov.au)
Dinah Wakefield has had a lifelong passion for art and design, beginning her career as a textile designer and stylist, before establishing herself as an abstract artist. Dinah draws inspiration from the landscape around her, focusing on an abstract expression of colour and form. Her latest works continue the theme of abstract landscapes. They are inspired by the natural beauty of the area and are fluid and organic creating a sense of peace, tranquillity and space.
Kurt Sorensen's images reveal the precarious relationship that prevailed between the early European settlers and the harsh Australian landscapes; the hazardous nature reminding the ill-advised explorers about their naive feeling of superiority. Swallowed by the earth, those who disappeared in the landscape to never be found again are the protagonists of Sorensen’s imagery that lies at the edge of history and anthropology.
Ray Monde’s work reflects his memory of his early teens, visiting brothers in South Wentworthville, backyards rolled away as far as the eye could see. The Great Western Highway dragged a thick black line between the houses and everyone spent time in the private-public space of their backyards. The thing that struck Ray was how strange life was in the suburbs, tiny postage-stamp-sized lives with people living their dreams in open-closed spaces. There is a quiet, disconcerting terror in the suburbs. A facade of normality, masking private terrors and desires.
Katrina Lezaic’s photography unpicks the human resistance to forgetting the past and the reckoning needed to shape the future. The works are stills taken from an old family home video recorded before her birth, which coincided with the dissolution of the family unit. Examining the notions of identity and familiarity, is perhaps a cue to questioning what we value, why we value it and what we are accountable for destroying, preserving or transforming.
The exhibition will be open to the general public from one hour prior to, until the conclusion of, each concert and event at City Recital Hall.
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