Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Are you looking for a small place to show your work?

Do you have a small body of works that you are wanting to exhibit for free? Then maybe you should apply for Art Track!

Art Track at the Ashburton Library is available to all emerging artists, art groups, students and established artists. The Library hopes to encourage those people living, studying or working in the City of Boroondara.

Bookings are for one month only. The wall gallery is eight metres wide by one metre high, and uses a flexible picture hook hanging system.

Please contact the Ashburton Library for the Art Track Application Form, or contact Jane Mathews on 9278 4665. If you are near the Town Hall Gallery, we also have some information about the Art Track program on our desk.

So get your work out there!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Town Hall Gallery will be closed over Easter

THG easter greeting

Town Hall Gallery will be closed from Sunday 28 March and will reopen on Wednesday 7 April at midday with the new exhibition Living Culture: an important way forward.
We hope that you manage to get your art fix during the final week of Veronica Caven Aldous' exhibition Recent Works.
Town Hall Gallery would like to take this opportunity to wish you a happy and safe Easter holiday and we look forward to seeing you from Wednesday 7 April.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Sit back and enjoy the art - article

Veronica article Progress Leader March 16 2010

(click on image to make larger to read!)
If you haven't read the Progress Leader this week, then you would of missed this article about Veronica Caven Aldous and her current exhibition at Town Hall Gallery.
Veronica's installation is fascinating and it has been great to see which coloured works people are attracted to. (Most people are wowed by an orange and blue combination!) However you still have a chance to check out this fantastic exhibition and hear Veronica talk about her work this Saturday from 2pm to 3pm. This talk should be alot of fun and I'm sure that there will be plenty of banter between Veronica and your curator Mardi!
We look forward to seeing you there.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Talking about colour

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(Veronica third from left with some patrons on the exhibition opening night)

Our current exhibition Recent Works a solo exhibition by Veronica Caven Aldous kicked off last week with some fantastic comments about the impact of the installations. For those who haven't made it in just yet, we thought we would give you Veronica's artist statement as a taste of what to see!

"My work is fundamentally play based in an appreciation of the aesthetic experience that occurs during the performance involved in the art-making process. There is a speed and flow in the performance of the play and there is stillness in the internal experience during the play. I am researching contemporary colour field painting through painting, light boxes, manufactured materials like Perspex and Marmoleum and a video. Responding to the exhibition space is also part of the work. The MVA this year and PGDVA in 2008 have encouraged me to focus on what my play is about.

Past work has dealt with interruptions in colour fields within a painting but at present the painting space includes the whole wall. The interruptions are in the field of the wall. There are assumptions of the transcendental and an embedded history of abstract painting in the mix. The imagery is mixed and even contradictory at times. The intention is to infer many possible transient arrangements.

The light boxes unify many of the threads that interest me at present. Colour and its intoxication works with the irregular timing of the flashing of the light box to remind me of my awareness of colour in many environments and of the changing nature of living. Colour is delivered to us in both natural and manufactured forms. In the past the new technologies were brightly coloured plastic light shades, plastic in many forms multicoloured wallpapers and interior paint, tiles, linoleum, bathroom ceramics, fabrics colour TV, movie effects, mass media and signage.

Travelling and living overseas for some years delivered for me colourful pigment and spice stalls in markets, diverse colourful clothes and festivals. The Australian outback also has an intense and overwhelming orange soil and expansive blue sky that influences me and I reference at times."

Join us on Saturday 20 March from 2pm to 3pm for what should be a fascinating discussion from artist Veronica Caven Aldous and curator Mardi Nowak. We look forward to seeing you there!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Getting flashy with Veronica Caven Aldous

Our latest exhibition is an offering of recent works by Veronica Caven Aldous. You may know Veronica's work from last years Assemble exhibition, also held at Town Hall Gallery.

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(artist Veronica Caven Aldous setting up her stacks)

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(completed installation)

This offering is a visually astounding exhibition that involves construction, painting and lightboxes. The work above, talks about our obsession with the digital screen, such as that of televisions, mobile phones and digital advertising. As viewers, we are immediately drawn to the flashing and changing colours on the screen first, leaving the 'real paintings' laying in piles underneath as a second thought.

If you enjoy colour, this exhibition is definitely for you. It's been quite amazing to see how our first lot of viewers have come in and are drawn to particular colours and screens. This is an exhibition not to miss!

Recent Works by Veronica Caven Aldous is open until 27 March. Join us In Conversation on Saturday 20 March from 2pm until 3pm for a fascinating discussion about colour and modern digital life.