Saturday, July 25, 2009

John Firth-Smith.

Australian Galleries
12 Mary Place,
Paddington, 2021 NSW

This was an exhibition I saw (amongst many) while in Sydney. It ran from 13 - 26 July 2009. As part of the broader "Australian ceramics triennale".
This work by John Firth Smith was the highlight for me. Probably because I know John Firth Smith as a painter as much as for it's originality.

Now if only I could paint as well as he throws....

All photos taken by Sophie Milne.
Edited/cropped by Andrew Widdis.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Object Gallery.

"Creamers, decanters, gravy boats, jugs, olive oil drizzlers and aged balsamic swizzlers, pitchers, sake bottles, tea pots, tip them over, pour them out... generous objects which bring something special to a lone cup of tea in the morning or a shared evening meal. Pourers will provide a great opportunity for collectors (and makers!) to purchase a one-off piece from 40 of Australia’s most dynamic and diverse range of practitioners.

Artists: Sandra Black, Les Blakebrough, Louise Boscacci, Mollie Bosworth, Sandra Brown, Trisha Dean, Brigitte Enders, Phil Elson, Lesa Farrant, Susanne Fraser, Honor Freeman, Louise Fulton, Shannon Garson, Malcolm Greenwood, Vicki Grima, Tamara Hahn, Phil Hart, Patsy Hely, Jan Howlin, Marianne Huhn, Chiko Jones, Sandy Lockwood, Liz Low, William Lungas, Janet Mansfield, Keiko Matsui, Bruce Nuske, Cath O’Gorman, Simon Reece, Mel Robson, Owen Rye, Jane Sawyer, Steve Sheridan, Kenji Uranishi, Yi-Hui Wang, Gerry Wedd, Sharon Wessels, Andrew Widdis"

When: 11.07.2009 - 26.07.2009
Where: Object Gallery - Surry Hills, Sydney
417 Bourke St
Surry Hills, NSW 2010

Open: Tuesday to Sunday 11am-6pm

...and while your in Sydney you should also look at: Sabbia Gallery

Please leave any other exhibition suggestions for Sydney in the comments.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Victor Greenaway.

I went to the opening of Victor Greenaway' exhibition at Skepsi on Swanston on Friday; went back for more yesterday. Simply exceptional. I have not seen work of higher skill and creativity; and I've seen a lot. The high thin walls with a simple thrown line spiraling up from the base prove a master in complete control of his medium. The walls of the vessels obviously not trimmed thinner or joined to gain (pieces over 400mm heigh and millimeters thin) height. The glazes, beautiful and a texture just begging you to hold and feel; though with such a delicate translucent porcelain I dare not. There's also a number of paintings in the exhibition by Victor. These alone could satisfy for an exhibition, but I must say I was far to overwhelmed by the ceramics to think to give the paintings enough attention.

From JULY 1 – JULY 25.
Skepsi on Swanston is at: 670 Swanston Street, Carlton VIC 3053.
Tuesday to friday fom 10:30AM - 6:00PM Saturday from 12:00PM - 6:00PM.

Victor's Images and thoughts on his new work from his Italian studio, click here.

Victor Greenaway also has an exhibition at cudgegong gallery.

102 Herbert Street Gulgong NSW 2852 AUSTRALIA

cudgegong gallery' website has an extensive selection of images. To view, click here.

Exhibition: Italy with Soul: reflections in form & figure 5th Jun 2009 to 20th Jul 2009 solo exhibition

"The new exhibition, Italy with Soul: Reflections in Form and Figure, reflects Greenaway’s recent two year stay in Orvieto, southwest of Umbria in Italy and is his first display of this particular body of work in Australia. Works on display are inspired. Artists and Artworks Victor Greenaway."