The National Student Art Glass Prize…

1 04 2012

 

Don’t fret if you missed the opening (the Gang did tooit clashed with the Tweed River opening of TdF), this show runs until 16th June so there’s plenty of time to mosey across.

Meanwhile Michael’s been kind enough to send all the g(l)oss, from the announcement of the winner…

 

 

…to lots of lovely snaps…

 

 

…and the catalogue essay…

 

Encouraging the next generation 

The National Student Art Glass Prize 2012 (NSAGP) rewards creativity, innovation and quality. It’s not the artist’s reputation or name being judged but the artistic merit technique and innovation behind their art practice. The NSAGP is an acquisitive prize and is open to all artists studying art glass at an Australian University. The quality of work coming out of these institutions meant the inaugural biennial NSAGP (2010) had 40 artists from around Australia short-listed and was then reduced to 24 finalists with Belinda Toll from Australian National University in Canberra, taking out the top award. This year 45 artists have been short-listed and from this 30 finalists have been chosen.

The NSAGP exhibition is an eagerly anticipated opportunity to view a cross section of art glass being produced in this country and is a major highlight on the Australian art glass calendar. The passion and commitment shown by the lecturers, tutors and academics from Sydney College of the Arts at University of Sydney, Monash University in Victoria, South Australian School of Art at University of South Australia, The School of Art at the Australian National University in Canberra, Edith Cowan University in  Western Australian is overwhelming and inspiring.

As with the inaugural 2010 NSAGP,  the winner of the 2012 prize will not only have their work acquired into the National Art Glass Collection but will receive two Masterclasses at the renowned North Lands Creative Glass Centre on the north east coast of Scotland as part of North Lands International Masterclasses and Conference Program.

The Australian studio glass community is highly professional; this is due in large part to the institutions and the training artists receive. It is because of this professional attitude and the vast variety of techniques that national and international collectors have a passion for Australian contemporary art glass.

Australian institutions are having on the next generation of art glass practitioners and offers a glimpse into the future of this magnificent art form.

The national and international recognition of the NSAGP continues to expand and to fulfil one of its core task’s; to help develop and promote the profile of new artists. Once again the Wagga Wagga Art Gallery is delighted by the quality of work on display and is proud to be fostering the next generation of Australian contemporary art glass makers. 

 

Our own faves were Emma Borland…

 

 

Spike Deane (which we’ve shown before)…

 

 

and Marcaela Faithfull…

 

 

Especially the last; so sweet we could eat it.

All refreshingly fun (ie not taking themselves so bloody seriously – which is an artform in itself, we reckon.)

Flick through the snaps here.





Just in from Wagga Wagga…

30 01 2012

Our fave intra-continental correspondent, Michael Scarrone, has sent us the latest scoop from The National Art Glass Gallery…

But we have to fess up that we’re really not sure whose work is whose, and it’s an indictment on art theoretic /so-called professional practice frankly that artists feel compelled to give such incredibly obtuse statements about their work that it’s a little confusing, without labelling, to figure out exactly which goes with what….more off-putting than connecting, let’s face it. And it’s all about communication, lovies…isn’t it?

[This is not a criticism apropos the lack of titling of the sent images themselves - the work ought to be sufficiently self-explanatary...to at least provide some visual hint. It turned into an interesting guessing game here at the Hideout - three of us (a woodie, a gold & silverie and a glassie) trying to match up image with artist statement. By the end we were none the wiser. It was generically interchangeable.  And once again those dreaded words 'memory' and 'place' bobbed to the surface like the infernal floaters they are. God in heaven save us. n(Ed)]

Actually, we quite like the titty glass (above). But the French dude getting arrested for the fake implants so recently might be influencing us subliminally…

And it’s a totally differently reading in the next shot…

So in the end we’re left a little clue-less.

That being said, bones and skulls always work for us, no contest. Perhaps it’s just that old renegade thang.





Wagga Wagga wow factor…

3 10 2011

We love Wagga Wagga as an exhibition space, but we have to admit we’ve possibly never seen it look so good – some work is just custom made for the place. Ruth Allen’s latest makes the joint literally ZING...

  

Ruth Allen

Counter-sync

  

The cutting edge of contemporary glass comes to Wagga Wagga’s National Art Glass Gallery in Counter-sync, an exhibition of works designed and created by artist Ruth Allen as part of her Synergetic Series. Allen has been developing methodologies unique to her synergetic expression since the year 2000; her relationship with the material glass is the catalyst for the design science of her ideas. This symbolic relationship between maker and material, technique and process has allowed the physical idea to come to fruition. Focused research has nurtured the scientific, theoretical and conceptual contribution to the development of Ruth’s expression.  

  

Allen says, “I strive to challenge perceptions of the potential of the medium; grounded in traditional hot glass techniques I choose to work sculpturally and often within an installation context”. The Synergetic Series is strongly influenced by the sustainable philosophies and designs of visionary thinker Buckminster Fuller, whose theory of Synergetics was an attempt to create a scientifically based poetics of experience. Fuller studied the inner geometries of the universe to design sustainable structures and cities, which focused on the synergy of the health of the planet, individuals and communities.

 

Allen’s abstracted works resonate on many levels with the organic forms, cellular structures and postmodern architectural compositions that proliferate in our natural and built environments. Large scale installations of forms combine with lighting effects to bring the phenomena of shadow into play.  

 

Counter-sync will be launched in the National Art Glass Gallery at Wagga Wagga Art Gallery on Friday, 23 November. The exhibition will be on display until Sunday, 13 November.

  

A Wagga Wagga Art Gallery Initiative.

Exhibition Dates

Friday 23 September – Sunday 4 December, 2011

                                                               

More snaps here.





Liz takes Wagga…

15 11 2010

…and the Gang’s breath away while she’s at it.

 

 

Just in from Michael Scarrone is all the scoop on Liz Kelly’s new show at The National Art Glass Gallery in Wagga Wagga…

Wagga Wagga Art Gallery is pleased to show at the National Art Glass Gallery Elizabeth Kelly’s exhibition titled Tangerine Gold.

Elizabeth Kelly’s art practice is currently engaged with the architectural and engineering potential of glass, and the built environment is a major theme in her work. Kelly is interested in how systems and patterns function in construction engineering and has adapted industrial production methods to small-scale studio practice, experimenting with techniques of multiple casting of glass components to make large-scale sculptural forms. She is also interested in exploiting the properties of natural light within these glass structures and colour is a very considered element in the work.

Kelly travelled extensively through Europe and Asia before commencing a full time factory traineeship in glass blowing in 1985 at the Jam Factory Contemporary Craft and Design Centre in Adelaide. After studying at the Adelaide Centre for the ARTS and the Australian National University School of Art she taught at Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney. Directly upon completion of her Masters degree in 1997 she commenced a three-year contract as Head of Glass Workshop at the Jam Factory Contemporary Craft and Design Centre in Adelaide.

In 2003 Kelly initiated Studio Tangerine in Canberra, a purpose built self funded glass design and sculpture studio where she continues to work.

 

 

How fabulous it is.

And, look people, so refreshingly individual – what a concept.  With any luck it might catch on (ie that quaint old idea of signature originality/individuality.)

Anyhoo, it’s very cool, and very Liz.

Love the column biz, especially this little number on the right…

 

 

…great play on the art historic. We’d snap it up if we had (buckets of) the ready.

 

 

Effen brilliant.

 

 

More snaps here.

Exhibition runs until January 16th 2011.

Thanks Mikey.





Wagga Wagga, the full story…

22 03 2010

Just as we’d posted the snap of the winner of Wagga’s National Student Glass Art Prize last week, we received the whole shebang in longhand, so to speak…

National Student Art Glass Prize: Winner Announced

The inaugural winner of the National Student Art Glass Prize (NSAGP) was announced at the official launch of the Prize exhibition on Friday evening, 12 March, by Kay Hull MP, Federal Member for the Riverina. A crowd of patrons of the arts and glass enthusiasts gathered in front of the National Art Glass Gallery as the Prize was awarded to Belinda Toll from the Australian National University for her work Time contained, an exploration of the notion of memory.

Belinda graduated with first class honours in glass at the end of 2009 from the School of Art at the Australian National University. Time contained, a series of dark orbs with glimmering images hidden inside, was chosen from a field of twenty-four students of art glass from across Australia. Three students were also Highly Commended: CJ Taylor from the South Australian School of Art for Leviathan (towards away), featuring video projection through a glass screen; Kirsten Costello from Monash University for The Fancy Rats; and Christopher Boha, also from South Australia, for The Space In/Between: 24 Weeks, an installation featuring origami flowers in glass domes.

All of the artworks on show displayed an extraordinary range of virtuoso skills in every technique, beautiful, evocative and thought-provoking. The judges, who had the challenging task of selecting a single winner out of so many outstanding pieces, included Maureen Williams, one of Australia’s most prominent and internationally recognised glass artists, Barbara McConchie (former head of Craft ACT) and Cath Bowdler, director of Wagga Wagga Art Gallery. The exhibition was curated by Wagga Wagga Art Gallery’s Curator of Glass, Michael Scarrone, who said at the opening that he was “completely blown away by the support of the art glass community and Wagga Wagga City Council.”

Belinda Toll will take up her prize later this year, an all-expenses-paid trip to attend two master classes at North Lands Creative Glass in Scotland, one of the world’s most renowned centres for the practice and development of art glass. The two master classes are Building of Form, a solid glass casting and slumping master class led by Anna Matouskova, and An American/Venetian Experience, which will focus on Venetian off hand glassblowing techniques, neo-classical forms and clean line in blown glass, led by Dante Marioni and Benjamin Moore. Time contained will become part of the National Art Glass Collection at Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, and will be on display, with all the works selected for the exhibition, until Sunday, 6 June.

NSAGP conceived and exhibition curated by Michael Scarrone. For further information, please contact Michael Scarrone at Wagga Wagga Art Gallery on 02 6926 9670

Looks like a great time was had by all…

..and it was attended by all the important peeps…

Thanks Mikey, for sending through the good oil - and all the snaps. Makes it almost as good as being there.

Our personal faves were Kirsten Costello’s rats…

and Nathan Allan’s rock stack (probably ‘cos it reminded us so much of Brenden Scott French’s work)…

…and, of course, Bernz Foster’s critters…

Check out the rest of the field here. (Apologies for incomplete labelling – we don’t have a catalogue.)





National Student Art Glass Prize at Wagga Wagga…

20 03 2010

The official word from the National Art Glass Gallery…

The Inaugural National Student Art Glass Prize was officially launched at the National Art Glass Gallery on Friday 12 March 2010, by Kay Hull Federal Member for the Riverina in front of patrons of the arts and members of the Australian Glass community. Wagga Wagga Art Gallery Glass Curator Michael Scarrone said he was “completely blown away by the support of the art glass community and Wagga Wagga City Council.” The student work in the exhibition ranged from beautiful, to thought provoking and technically challenging making choosing a winner a tough job for judges Maureen Williams, Barbara McConchie and Cath Bowdler. However CJ Taylor, Kristen Costello and Christopher Boha were awarded Highly Commended certificates. The winner of the inaugural National Student Art Glass Prize was Belinda Toll from ANU with her work Time contained, an exploration of the notion of memory. Toll will take up the prize of all expenses-paid masterclasses in the world renowned North Lands Creative Glass centre in Scotland later in the year.

 





Dr Gerry at Wagga Wagga…

22 10 2009

Our fave feller in Wagga Wagga, the inimitable Michael Scarrone, has just sent through the good oil on The National Glass Gallery’s current exhibition, Gerry King – Into the Fourth Decade: a retrospective…

 

King-poster

MEDIA RELEASE

 

 

 

Gerry King
INTO THE FOURTH DECADE: a retrospective

Gerry King INTO THE FOURTH DECADE: a retrospective presents an array of work by renowned glass artist and designer Gerry King. His work has been extensively exhibited, collected and published both in Australia and internationally and is held in some twenty public collections worldwide.  Whilst orientated towards exhibiting, he is also engaged in design commissions and architectural projects.

One of the first Australians in the field, King commenced working with glass while undertaking postgraduate studies in the USA during the early 1970s. Originally trained as a glassblower he now works with a wide variety of techniques which include hot, cold and warm glass. 

He holds various academic awards culminating in a Doctor of Creative Arts from the University of Wollongong.  In the 1980′s he was instrumental in the development of the Glass Studies course at the University of South Australia.

This exhibition brings together pivotal works from King’s artistic journey through four decades of working in glass. While his work is now inspired by ideas, he has long been acknowledged as an exceptional craftsman of uncommon breadth. These works still manage to present fresh ideas and take the viewer on a voyage with the artist…

At night, on top of a bare hill I was abruptly and shockingly exposed to the brilliance of landing lights from a large plane.  It was akin to being instantaneously stripped naked.


Exhibition opening

When: Thursday December 17, 6:00 – 8:00pm

Where: Wagga Wagga Gallery

Cost: Free

Exhibition Dates: 2 October 2009 – 10 January 2010 

For more information please contact Michael Scarrone on 6926 9660 or email scarronem@wagga.nsw.gov.au

 

But wait, there’s more – a swag of exhibition snaps…

 

Gerry K for Megan

…sorry y’all, no titles…

Gerry K for Megan

 

…for a mosey around the rest of the gallery, go here.

Thanks Mikey - see ya soon, eh?





The Kerfoot Collection at Wagga Wagga…

4 08 2009

One of our fave fellas, Michael Scarrone, has sent through the good oil on the latest treat at the National Art Glass Gallery…

 

The Kerfoot Collection at Wagga Wgga

 

The Kerfoot Collection exhibition is a result of conversations between Michael Scarrone, curator – glass, at the National Art Glass Gallery and Joyce Kerfoot and her family. This exhibition showcases a private collector’s passion for art glass. This extraordinary collection highlights Joyce Kerfoot’s perception and knowledge of Australian studio glass and the discerning way in which she has purchased works for her collection.

 

Kerfoot-2 

 

Joyce Kerfoot (born Sydney, 1917) has had a long association with Wagga Wagga and also with art, both of which have led to collecting works of art glass and the formation of the Kerfoot Collection.

 

Kerfoot-3 

 

In the late 1940s Joyce was one of the founding members of the Wagga Wagga Art Society and actively participated in their activities until 1958, when the Kerfoot family left Wagga to live in Melbourne. In 1977, her interest in glass began when she received a piece of blown glass from the Jam Factory in Adelaide.

 

Kerfoot-4 

 

Joyce visited Wagga often as her ‘home town’ and was delighted when the gallery focused on collecting Australian studio art glass. She attended many of its early glass exhibitions and purchased some small pieces, propelled by the excitement of the glass and enthusiasm of the glass artists.

 

Kerfoot-8 

 

Joyce was involved with the formation and development of the Meat Market Craft Centre, Melbourne, as a volunteer in the 1990s also contributed to Joyce’s appreciation of the art glass movement. Here was ready access to more glass exhibitions and interaction with the artists of the hot and cold glass workshops.

 

Kerfoot-5 

 

Joyce is still an active art glass collector to this day hence over 120 pieces have now been accumulated to form The Kerfoot Collection, many of which are now on display at the National Art Glass Gallery. It is a great honour that the Wagga Wagga Art Gallery has been donated part of the collection. Private collectors like Joyce Kerfoot enable public collections such as the National Art Glass Collection to grow and broaden the oeuvre of significant artists.

 

 

Kerfoot-7 

 (Snaps from the opening)

 The exhibition is up until 27th September. For more information go here.

 

Kerfoot-6

 

Thanks, Mikey!!





Random sightings…

27 06 2008

 

A Leonard French panel at the National Art Glass Gallery, Wagga Wagga.

Still wonderful, after all these years.








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