Thursday, June 19, 2014

Joy writ large

With neon lights buzzing, cameras flashing and glasses clinking we ushered in the beginning of our fourth exhibition for 2014 - 'Re-writing the Image: Text as Art'. We've been so pleased with responses to the gallery and our events, having only just relaunched the spaces as part of the all new Hawthorn Arts Centre in late November. On the weekend before the launch of 'Re-writing the Image' we received our 5000th visitation and we're humbled and excited to see so many visitors through our new spaces.

All of our opening night photos are by the wonderful JIM LEE PHOTO (C) 2014
Mic Eales, one of our artists for this show, conducted a performance during the day of the opening, in which he wrote out sequential numbering from 1 through to 3000 on pianola scrolls. Mic has just completed his PhD thesis on the relationship of art to suicide. He printed his thesis on the pianola scrolls and the numbers represent the volume of suicides daily. While the work delves into areas of sadness and distress, it does so with a desire to raise awareness and bring a sense of hope and positivity through a process of hard work, discussion and appreciation of beauty. The performance was really well received and we're grateful to Mic for taking the time (many hours on the day) to bring this work to the gallery.

Mic Eales

We welcomed a whole bunch of new gallery visitors, coming along for the first visit, as long as a crowd of regulars who are growing in volume. It was great to see a cohort of Melbourne's wonderful gallery contingent along for the show, directors and managers from some of the great commercial galleries and artist-run-spaces of the city, as well as local artists and art-lovers. We have to thank the lovely Jim Lee of JIM LEE PHOTO for all his wonderful opening night photos seen here.

We have a series of public programs in place that run alongside the exhibition. The details are here on our site, or click here to go straight through. The programming includes a floor talk (June 21); the next installment in our Saturday Cinema Sessions showing 'Sign Painters' (July 12); a night of poetry and spoken word with some of Melbourne's best known poets plus an open mic (July 18); and a collaging workshop with Sayraphim Lothian (July 26). 

The show runs until 10 August so come in out of the chilly Melbourne winter and enjoy the consistency of gallery climate controlled heating while you sample the delights of the ten international, interstate and local artists we have on show. Oh, and don't forget to pick up an exhibition catalogue - which comes complete with a creative writing response produced by our very own in-house poet, Marion Piper.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

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