Thursday, August 27, 2009

Thanks for your feedback!

Together Again: celebrating the works of Dora Wilson and Pegg Clarke, ends this Saturday 29 August at 5pm. Thank you to everyone who has been involved in this exhibition and to those people that attended the talk and popped in to check out the show.
I thought I would share some of the feedback that we have had from people. We welcome your comments, they can either be left on the survey sheets in the gallery or via this blog. Thanks for your time!
P.C. said "wonderful exhibition in a beautifully lit space".
T.M said" very inspiring, wish I could paint like that!"
A.E said " Dora wilson - magnificent work"
unknown said " I appreciated seeing the works of Dora Wilson and Pegg Clarke, which I would otherwise never have had the opportunity to see. It was very worthwhile".
unknown said " I feel like I am at the National Gallery of Victoria, beautiful exhibition".
R.K. said "this exhibition is outstanding, thankyou!"
unknown "magnificent collection of historical pictures of Melbourne and collection of portraits".
G.K "nicely presented, glad I came."
If you haven't seen the exhibition, make sure you pop in before Saturday!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

False Gods? exhibition coming up!

Town Hall Gallery is pleased to host an exciting installation by artists Emma Hicks and Kate Williams, with a soundtrack composed by Andrew McPherson, which will be on show from 2 September to 19 September.

This collaborative work by the two Sydney artists is an exploration of the controversial topic - genetic engineering – and the artists come to the theme from two unique perspectives.

One perspective is that of an adopted child and the other a descendant of the Stolen Generation.

False Gods? aims to open a dialogue about the benefits and implications of cloning: what are the consequences of tampering with the beauty and perfection of human cells in the hope of creating something better? Where are the boundaries and guidelines for the scientists of today? How and when does a life become disposable?

In this installation, ‘newborn’ babies made from Ballistics gel (which is specifically made to replicate human flesh), swing gently in diaphanous organza sacks like a ‘circle of life’, suspended from the ceiling and glowing in a soft pink light. Each is stamped with a barcode.

On the wall, resin works on canvas depict human tissue and cells in magnification, and aluminium totem poles are etched with fragments of the human genetic code. Accompanying the installation is Sounds, an interpretation of human DNA by sound artist Andrew McPherson.

The elements of the work create a tension between the modern miracle of genetic science and the unadorned beauty and perfection of new human life.

Town Hall Gallery is pleased to have Dr. Lyn Turney, senior lecturer in Sociology at Swinburne University to officially launch the exhibition.

Associated with the exhibition is the public program, In Conversation - False Gods?, which will be held at 2pm, Friday 4 September. This event is free to attend.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Together Again: celebrating the works of Dora Wilson & Pegg Clarke

The current exhibition Together Again: Celebrating the works of Dora Wilson and Pegg Clarke officially opened at Town Hall Gallery last Thursday. Unfortunately, I as Curator, wasn't able to attend as I managed to break my foot the night before and am stuck at home in plaster and on crutches! From all reports, it was a fantastic opening and the gallery is really pleased to have received so many works from private collections as loans for the exhibitions. A big thank you to the private collectors and their generosity, it is a great opportunity for the general public to see these works. Thank you to Town Hall Gallery Collection Advisory Committee member, David Studham for taking this photos at the launch.

Also a big thank you to Dinny Birrell who was instrumental in obtaining many of these works from private collections. Also thanks to Castlemaine Art Gallery & Historical Museum for the loan of works as well.

If you would like to learn more about the two artists, there is a public program, In Conversation with Dr. Gwenyth Rankin, this Saturday 15 August from 2-3pm at the gallery. For more information about the program, please contact 9278 477o.

I look forward to being back on my feet and seeing you at the gallery soon!