Brenden Scott French opening at the Canberra Glassworks…

30 09 2007

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Brenden’s solo exhibition Artefact of the Accident – Predator opened at the Glassworks last night – and it’s fabulous. He’s made the jump to the wall look entirely effortless, and the scale is nothing short of monumental.

And less is most definitely more in the Glasswork’s gallery space. It’s great to see the area uncluttered, and the major wall piece, Engine 2007 (above), is so commanding (1820mm H x 1920mm W x 15mm D) that it fills the room quite stunningly on its own. He’d maintained from the outset that he only wanted the one wall work in that space – and his foresight has been most effectively vindicated.  (The Glassworks had originally intended to hold a two-man show apparently, but the timing didn’t suit the other artist – just as well as it turns out, otherwise the exhibition would have been hideously cramped.) 

The Predators, meanwhile, took possession of the ‘smoke-stack’ space, and we loved the rough de-constructed wooden pallet ‘plinth’ – which rather appropriately was made from Bullseye (the glass, of course, that Brenden uses in his work) pallets.

The show offers up a healthy dose of the artist’s signature socio-political/ environmental commentary, and you’ve got to love his aesthetic. He’s one of those (rare in glass these days) artists who simply won’t compromise his philosophic integrity, regardless of the marketplace and the insidious conservatism of the craft-is-decor brigade.

Check out the show and the punter parade (only the absolute faithful were there – it’s a long weekend so most Canberran’s have naturally gotten the hell out of Dodge) at…

http://www.flickr.com/photos/glasscentralcanberra/sets/72157602210438589/





CCAS Manuka exhibition “Best in Show” plus “Glass 07 Jewellery” at Workshop Bilk…

29 09 2007

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The Gang couldn’t attend Canberra Contemporary Art Space Manuka’s opening of Best in Show on Thursday night, which by all accounts was a real hoot – but we made sure we mooched across town to run an eye over the livestock the very next day. It’s a tad more exciting than the art’n’craft pavilion at yer average agricultural show, that’s for sure and certain…we’re only sorry we missed the hoe-down and preview swill. Best in Show went to Marina Neilson for A Domestic (above left).

And then there was the opening of Glass 07 Jewellery at Workshop Bilk. The work of several Bilk artists is on display (Helen Aitken-Kuhnen, Phoebe Porter, Ruth Allen, et al), but we have to ‘fess up that we went most specifically to see Sophie Emmet’s stuff. It’s only a week since the last Workshop Bilk opening, which probably accounts for the small – though quality (!) – turn out on the night. Alex Asch even deviated into darkly/glass territory; he dropped in for an afterwork drinkie, having just spent the day installing Brenden Scott French’s show at the Canberra Glassworks. Which, incidently, opens tonight.

Meanwhile the snaps of the day are at…

http://www.flickr.com/photos/glasscentralcanberra/sets/72157602200648609/





Settings: the exhibition

28 09 2007

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We’ve brought you the opening night of Settings, and the ‘behind the making of prima faeces’.

So now it’s time for…the show itself!

Again we direct you to Craft ACT’s website for the curatorial essay http://www.craftact.org.au/exhibitions/2007EX7G1

The images from the show are courtesy of Steven Murray (Creative Image Photography.) Enjoy…

http://www.flickr.com/photos/glasscentralcanberra/sets/72157602187116815/





Pecha Kucha comes to Canberra…

27 09 2007

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The global phenomenon that is Pecha Kucha (see http://www.pecha-kucha.org/) has finally hit downunder, and last night we were treated to the launch of the Canberra chapter. It’s a ‘show and tell’ event that caters more specifically to the designer/architect mob, but is inclusive of other complementary arts media, photomedia particularly. Held at Knightsbridge in Braddon, the evening’s program was a series of presentations from a diverse group of design industry types – each allowed only 20 seconds x 20 images to get up and strut their stuff to a packed house of interested onlookers. It’s a very cool concept – hip bar, hip dudes, hip visuals. Very entertaining and engaging. The fast and furious stricture put on the presentations is key to the success – avoids proceedings getting bogged down and/or dreary, and stops it just short of being too tossy. The slide-show is suddenly over before you know it (cleverly measured, ‘cos it leaves you wanting more) and then everybody gets down to drinking and networking. Perfeck!

Last night had everything from the art director of Pol Oxygen showing stuff from Milan, to local doof-doof photography, to international mag illustrating, to architectural commissions, to found-readymade sculpture (our Jas), and so much more. And lots of cool freebies, as in Pol Oxygen magazines and Aesop body products – gotta love that!

It’s intelligent and sophisticated entertainment, and well worth keeping an eye open for  upcoming events. The Kelly Gang went with Jas (Hugonnet, curator at Craft ACT) who was one of the inaugural presenters, and have to confess that we’re kinda hooked. It’s a fascinating social study apart from anything else, which always pulls us in – a touch of Ab Fab, even. And have you ever noticed how many architecture and design industry types are called Marcus and Nick…

The mugshot parade is at…

http://www.flickr.com/photos/glasscentralcanberra/sets/72157602175423415/





It’s all in the process…

26 09 2007

Everybody has been so keen to know the genesis of the ca-ca that we felt beholden to reveal all. After all, the very philosophy of the Studio Glass movement itself was predicated on an open-handed fraternal exchange of technique and information – and we all know that there’s absolutely no place (morally) for secrecy in contemporary glass…

So we’ve put together a set of process shots that will walk you through the entire production; from the wax pot, to the hand moulding, through the steaming(s) and casting, to the hand-lapping, to the the robust in-house critique session…right up to the eventual installation in the gallery.

Please feel free to float any questions that might arise…

Peek-a-poo at

http://www.flickr.com/photos/glasscentralcanberra/sets/72157602153189766/





Tuesday arvo with Brenden…

25 09 2007

Ever since he’s been back in Canberra doing his Stephen Procter residency, Brennie and the Gang have fallen into the habit of meeting after work every Tuesday to shoot the breeze and ponder all things glass and otherwise. This evening we couldn’t – the Gang had to do a quick dash down to the coast and Brenden’s harnessed into that intense final-countdown-mode to his Artefact of the Accident – Predator exhibition opening this coming Saturday night (29th September, 6pm) at the Canberra Glassworks.

We’ve posted a virtual drinkie so that we don’t miss out entirely…





SOFA season 2007…

25 09 2007

Well, it’s that time of year again – everybody’s busy finishing and shipping off their pieces for SOFA Chicago. Netty’s sent us a preview of her piece, Collection, with detail, plus a separate work depicting the Debster (top left). Lovely composition, Netster.

Netty’s represented at SOFA by Kirra Gallery, Melbourne.