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Posted 14 September 2017

September 14 – October 7

Electric Earth

Ellie Malin is a Melbourne based artist working predominantly in relief woodblock printing and experimenting in painting, installations and collaborative projects.

Her bold, visceral artworks reflect an intuitive approach to image making where colours and form construct the landscape. Her artworks are inspired by a love for travel, memories, and also from the most meaningful to the insignificant moments in life, in all their beauty. “An image’s origins may begin as something quite recognisable as I slowly take on a process of deconstructing it into pure simplified shapes and colour.

In effect I’m pulling things apart in order to simplify their appearance.” ‘Electric Earth’ is an exhibition of vibrant woodblock prints exploring abstract images through colour, texture and form laid out in a series of contrasting configurations. Flashes of intense solferino and vermilion tones are balanced out with soft greys and pastels. Deep Prussian blue and mossy greens draw in a world of nature while circles, arches and squares glint towards timeless places.

Sue Grossman Stages of Enlightenment

Sue Grossman is a printmaker specializing in the complex process of reduction Linocut. Known for her brightly coloured and detailed, patterned prints, Sue finds the process of carving the Lino cathartic.

“I often just get lost in my own little world of carving spontaneous patterns. Although painstaking at times, I love the layering process and the element of surprise when the final layer is pulled”. Using her own photographic images, Sue’s inspiration is derived from her love for patterns in nature and the usual or unusual consequence of symmetry.

Sue completed a Visual Arts Diploma, majoring in Painting & Printmaking at Brougham School of Art /Brace Education in 2011. She has since exhibited in several group exhibitions around Geelong and the Bellarine Peninsula. She was a finalist in the 2016 Bellarine Print prize and a current finalist in the 2017 Geelong Acquisitive Print awards at the Geelong Gallery. Sue was born in Melbourne and works from her home studio in Torquay.

“Stages of Enlightenment” explores the journey of the lotus flower in stand-alone and mirror image symmetrical prints which, when assembled together, create a myriad of intricate and abstract patterns, connecting the iconic flower in a circle of life”.

“Since sighting Lotus flowers in abundance on a trip to Vietnam, I have been exploring their symbolism and correlation to our own Life’s journey”. The Lotus flower rises up from the depths of a muddy river to thrive and bloom into a beautiful flower, just as we face challenges and adversity in our lives to ultimately rise above the contest. According to Buddhists beliefs, the Lotus flower’s journey is a symbol of rebirth, growth and purification of spirit, being referred to as “The Stages of Enlightenment”.

“To me, the Lotus flower is a symbol of strength and hope, which mirrors our own life journey. I sought to translate this concept into a series of prints. The varying colours of the Lotus flower also have symbolic meanings and most of my prints are titled accordingly”. Opening Celebrations Saturday 16th September from 2pm-4pm.

 Sue Grossman

Kasper Raglus Recent Work

A long-time resident and explorer of Victoria’s famed Surf Coast, Kasper Raglus’ nuanced blending of minimalism, geometry, hard edge conventions and painterly detailing produces bold and intricate explorations of his own natural and cultural environments – layered material notations, pigmented records and maps of worlds both internal and external, familial and personal.

“For these new pieces my main influence was finding a balance and rhythm between each painting. Further refinement of colour and shape and using the idea of smaller individual works becoming one larger piece when hung together. I wanted each painting to lead to the other so there wasn’t much planning involved more just logic next steps from each work”.

“Taking colour influence from the landscapes around my home in Aireys Inlet (mainly the cliffs and sand) and adapting them into contemporary geometric shapes”.

 Kasper Raglus

 

 

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