Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, Katoomba: evocative exhibition

JOAN ROSS Touching other peopleʼs butterflies 2013 digital animation screen shot 2 min 45 sec courtesy the artist, Michael Reid, Sydney and Bett Gallery, Hobart

JOAN ROSS
Touching other peopleʼs butterflies 2013
digital animation screen shot
2 min 45 sec
courtesy the artist, Michael Reid, Sydney and Bett Gallery, Hobart

By Blue Mountains Cultural Centre

The Blue Mountains is home to more internationally recognised avant-garde artists than any other non-metropolitan area in Australia. Seven will feature in an upcoming exhibition at Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, evocatively titled DESIRE.

A themed curatorial response to the 19th Biennale of Sydney – You Imagine What you Desire, artists Sarah Breen Lovett, Mike Parr, David Haines and Joyce Hinterding, Joan Ross and Ken and Julia Yonetani explore the results of pursuing our every whim, want or wish, in a society where desires are encouraged, exploited, and drive and motivate our everyday lives.

Curator Rilka Oakley says: “This exhibition examines how our desires create who we are and yet also limit our ability to reach our full potential. In this sense `desire’, becomes a double edged sword both restricting us and propelling us forward.’’

Lovett has made a study of the ruined Renaissance building in Katoomba that was originally St Mary’s Convent. Titled Ruin Lust (2014), Lovett has created a filmic slide show of the old convent as it is today accompanied by a sound track in which six people share their dreams of what the building could become. Two Blue Mountains business people and four artists – Jacqueline Brinkman, Michael Brischetto, Billy Gruner, Sarah Keighery, Ian Milliss and Mandy Schöne-Salter, provide this sound track.

Parr has created a series of vast self-portraits in a great variety of mixed media including charcoal, ink, pastel, watercolour, coloured pencil and graphite. Together they create one extensive drawing approximately 14m long.

Haines and Hinterding are both distinguished artists in their own right who have collaborated to make a complex multi-media installation in two parts, titled Alien Metaphysics (2014).

Ross creates digital animations and prints of colonial figures in the Australian landscape. The work included in DESIRE is from her series Touching Other People’s Shopping (2013) which explores the uncontrollable desire to take other peoples things: land, animals, shopping and culture.

(yonetani.jpg) KEN + JULIA YONETANI Grape Chandelier 2011 Murray River salt 230 x 140 x 140 cm courtesy the artists and Artereal Gallery, Sydney

(yonetani.jpg)
KEN + JULIA YONETANI
Grape Chandelier 2011
Murray River salt
230 x 140 x 140 cm
courtesy the artists and Artereal Gallery, Sydney

The Yonetanis have created an installation that is a sculptural rendition of the classic 17th century still life group. These sculpted images are made out of gleaming white salt denoting the sparkling quality and grandeur of pure marble, an association that is pertinent to a vanitas such as a still life.

DESIRE will be exhibited at Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, 30 Parke St, Katoomba, from 10am-5pm Monday to Friday and 10am-4pm weekends, from March 14 to May 11. It will be officially opened by Dr Anne Graham at 6pm Friday, March 14.

Admission: $5 adults, $3 concession, members and under-16 free.

Public Programs:

Friday, April 4, at 5pm

Conversation about DESIRE:

Anthony Bond OAM & Mike Parr

$10 per person, $8 for InSight Members

A VADEA Regional Indulge event; free for VADEA members. Bookings essential: (02) 4780 5410

Saturday, April 5, at 3pm

Creative Futures Forum: Sarah Breen Lovett, David Haines & Joyce Hinterding.

Free event. Bookings essential: (02) 4780 5410

Go to www.bluemountainsculturalcentre.com.au for more information.

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