Umbrella Studio Shows
When: 17 August to 23 September
Where: Umbrella Studio 482 Flinders Street
In the Main Space ̶ The Expanded Field of Printmaking
Eight artists; Michelle Hall, Jo Lankester, Margot Laver, Alison McDonald, Jenny Mulcahy, Hannah Murray, Rhonda Stevens & Alan Valentine work collaboratively across multi disciplines to create an exhibition highlighting the sculptural aspect of print, resulting in an installation of experimental printmaking.
Participating artists have responded to the theme by thinking outside the normal expectations of printmaking. The sculptural element of print has been explored predominantly in pairs comprising of either a sculptor, ceramicist or installation based artist with a printmaker to explore the possibilities of expanding the field of printmaking resulting is some of the most exquisite installation based printmaking ever seen in Townsville.
The theme of collaboration and experimental have been interpreted by the Expanded Field of Printmaking artists uniquely with varying responses within the group. Working in collaboration has been a first for some of the artists who have experienced quite profound outcomes personally and professionally. The process of collaboration, experimentation and innovation pushes each artists practice to cross new boundaries with exciting results.
The exhibition is a must see as these artists are at the cutting edge of multi disciplinary printmaking in the country.
Access Space features work from visiting artist Ngaio Lenz with her exhibition titled Fragments. Celebrating the well-worn surface and an aesthetic of imperfection, Ngaio envisages the history of a room and the lives of its past inhabitants. Drawn to decaying surfaces, rooms and buildings and the clues they provide to lives long past, Ngaio builds up and takes away layers, using vintage wallpapers, paint, inks and waxes. This process of de-collage allows for the accidental in the works and allows the artist to reveal a visual narrative of surface by peeling back, as if restoring a decaying room.
The works are titled as Victorian names, suggesting ownership of a salvaged room, allowing each to become the silent witness to lives long past.
Ngaio Lenz is a Mackay based artist who is exhibiting for the first time in Townsville. She has been an exhibiting artist for ten years, with numerous successful exhibitions in local and regional galleries.
Triffids is a sculptural exhibition in the Vault Space by well known environmental artists Alison McDonald has created a garden of killer plants using up-cycled plastics
Exhibitions continue through 23 September
Umbrella Studio Contemporary Art 482 Flinders Street. Open Monday through Friday from 9 to 5 and Sunday from 9 to 1. 4772 7817 www.umbrella.org.au