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Beci Orpin & Carla McCrae / Katie Eraser / Madeleine Peters
14 June 2018 - 15 July 2018
Beci Orpin & Carla McRae – Out of Bounds
The child explores their world with abandon. Making games of getting from one place to another, studying the curiosity of simple, everyday things, endlessly inspired by the excitement of each day. Once we grow up, it’s a place that becomes off limits and out of bounds. Playing and spending time without purpose, losing track of the hours and self-consciousness and clearing space in our minds for newness. What if our play spaces were never abandoned, they just shifted forms. Instead now cultivated in a way of seeing that taps into the simple, child-like enjoyment and excitement of shape, colour and form.
The eye guides the hand in the playground in the mind; crawling through tunnels and wormholes, running into new ideas and feeling their slippery-slide exhilaration, ladders leading to growth, stacking and building new environments of shape, colour and exciting forms to dive deeply into and be immersed in for hours. Drawing all day is playing all day. What shape is play? The hand moves and the world drops away, revealing a new space where there are no bounds and the only container is a way of seeing.
Themes of play in the mind and through the body with be explored collaboratively through new works by both Beci and Carla for Out of Bounds. A series of paintings, wood cuts, and an abstract playground installation, as well as magnetic wall full of shapes with which viewers can create their own playscape.
Beci’s art practice and creative output is vast and varied, her work has been described as “colourful, graphic, bold, feminine and dream-like”. She is based in Melbourne and has exhibited work both locally and Internationally including solo exhibitions at Craft Victoria and Gippsland Regional Gallery.
Carla, also Melbourne-based, uses pencil, marker and paint to create what she calls “small open narratives and stories about characters and their worlds” using crisp lines and strong colour, influenced by her comic-fuelled childhood on the Sunshine Coast. She depicts in her work “the enjoyment of the beauty of small gestures and quieter moments”.
In addition to their arts practices, Beci and Carla are also both successful freelance designers / illustrators, Beci for over 20 years, Carla for a little less. Both have worked on projects for high-profile and cutting edge clients.
Beci’s illustrations and designs have been used by Frankie Magazine, Gorman, the Australian Ballet and Virgin Australia among many others. She is an in-demand speaker and educator, and was invited to speak at Melbourne Design Week this year. She is the author of four DYI books and one children’s title.
Alongside her smaller scaled work, Carla has created many wall murals for both domestic and commercial clients, as well as designing and illustrating for high-profile clients including Apple, Sonos, the Royal Children’s Hospital and the Sydney Opera House. She has done a sneaker collaboration with Bared Footwear, and collaborates with the ethical enterprise, Who Gives a Crap.
Katie Eraser – If We Could Talk
If We Could Talk is the latest solo exhibition from Melbourne based artist Katie Eraser. Consisting of a series of all new paintings and sculpture, this exhibition is an exploration of spontaneity and connection, a reconciliation of two disparate parts of the same whole. The painted pieces represent the open inner dialogue of the artists embodied experience of her time in space and emotion, and seeks to understand the origin of and influence on, the psyche. The abstract paintings are created using a considered build up of acrylic paint and oil stick, in copious layers of energy and adaption. They begin with a loose idea of colour and direction, and by allowing the emergence of freehand forms, shapes and vivid colours to build up, each new layer can be understood to be in dialogue with the one painted previously. Here the contemplated textures and overlapping of organic forms and energetic swashes, co-habit the surface in a seemingly harmonious and empathetic exchange. These gestures speaks to how the internal dialogue interacts with that which is contributed by the influential people orbiting the artist’s landscape. Their voices, combined with the artist’s own, represent an undulating harmony of projected feelings, intended offerings and abstract propositions.
“If we could talk, I bet there would be something to say.”
Madeline Peters – Olivine
Olivine acknowledges landscape as an ever shifting space of material and cultural changes. The young volcanic ground of South-Western Victoria becomes a setting for Peters’ recollections to play out, assembling a strange and familiar dream.
The limitation of memory is observed in these works, natural exaggeration and disintegration of experience evident in each scene. The composition and atmosphere changes with each return to the canvas, building layers of conflicting memory and paint.
The paintings in this exhibition were all formed from experiences on the traditional lands of the Gunditjmara and Girrai Wurrung peoples. The artist would like to acknowledge their Elders past, present and emerging.
Madeleine Peters’ work concerns landscape, with her recent focus being the inland volcanic areas of South-Western Victoria. Her work navigates the relationship between place and memory, constructing environments by layering recollections, sketches and flashes of found imagery. These works evoke an unsettling, recognisable terrain but remain adrift from direct representation.
Exhibitions run 14 June – 15 July.
Opening celebrations Saturday 19 May from 2 – 4pm.
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