Wednesday, February 8, 2012

ABOUT TIME’ AUSTRALIAN STUDIO TAPESTRY 1975-2005


Sara Lindsay; ‘In-Between #2 ‘ 1999
Woven tapestry; cotton 120 x 180 cm
'About Time' AUSTRALIAN STUDIO TAPESTRY 1975-2005
Bundoora Homestead, 10 Feb to 15 April.
The exhibition surveys tapestry created over a thirty year period by leading independent artist-weavers.
Major works from the Ararat Regional Art Gallery's permanent collection along with tapestries form the Victorian State Craft Collection are augmented with selected loans to explore the emergence and evolution of this eminent field of Australian textile practice.
Artists represented from these collections include Marie Cook, Merrill Dumbrell, Belinda Ramson, Cheryl Thornton, Sara Lindsay, Kate Derum, Kay Lawrence, and Tass Mavrogordato. Significant large works loaned from other public galleries include tapestries by artist's Valerie Kirk, Gerda van Hamond, and Catherine k. Works created from 2000 to 2005 will represented with loans by selected artist's.
This exhibition is the first of its kind to be held, showcasing 30 years of studio tapestry in Australia.
The exhibition at Bundoora Homested has been expanded with one room at the Bundoora Homestead devoted to Kay Lawrence's 'House/Self' 1989 tapestry. A series of four drawings - including the final tapestry design - are presented together with 'House/Self' to provide a sense of the artist’s process in developing and finessing her drawings for translation into a tapestry. ‘House / Self’ contains a striking contrast between the immediacy of Lawrence’s mark-making in her drawings and its translation through the disciplined, time-intensive labour of tapestry weaving. In addition to these drawings, Lawrence produced woven samples to determine how the drawn mark would be interpreted through weaving, and these too will be presented.

The expanded exhibition also brings in an additional tapestry by Kate Derum. 'The Midnight Tapestry' (1998) will be presented alongside its companion piece, 'In the Heat of the Moment' (1998) from the Ararat Regional Art Gallery collection. 'The Midnight Tapestry is on loan from the family of the late Kate Derum.

Sara Lindsay will be giving a talk at Bundoora Homestead on February 16th at 2pm.

2 comments:

Linda Wallace said...

Wow! Would I ever love to see this show!

Debbie Herd said...

Hi Linda, I am going to go and have a last look at the exhibition. I am looking forward to seeing Kay's additional drawings and samples. It seems like a long time now since the first showing in Ararat.

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