Laura Jones solo exhibition
22 November – 22 December 2014
Opens 22 November 4-6pm at Gallery Ecosse
Finalist in the 2014 Portia Geach Memorial Award for a painting of artist Mirra Whale.
For a list of finalists: http://www.shervingallery.com.au/whats-on/item/105-portia2014
Gallery Ecosse is exhibiting at Burrawang DnA Festival, October long weekend, 2014 http://www.dnafestival.com/
A belated post linking to a story written by my friend Lucy Kaldor on The Planthunter, resulting in the painting below.
The hydrangeas in our garden bear flowers of an unmarketable hue. The base colour is grubby, faded apple-green, like the upholstery on a collection-day couch. On top is a rash of rosacea pink. These are the colours not of romance, but of neglect and root damage caused by a neighbouring conifer. Yet every summer the starved shrubs divert massive resources to their mopheads. The flowers are layered like scales and the upper petals (they are actually sepals but let’s call them petals for now) shelter their understudies from the sun. And beneath each sunburnt, topmost petal is its own shadow, stencilled for perpetuity on the petal below, in a colour as pale and fresh and unblemished as a cabbage leaf. It’s magic.
I love these hydrangeas because they remind me of the enormous generosity represented in the act of blossoming. A flowering plant gives everything it has, even when it hasn’t enough. ‘This is my best’, says the plant in full bloom. And it is the generosity that is beautiful, as much as the material result.
This is what I see, and love, in Laura’s work: every painting is a blossom of her soul, and like my hydrangeas, every painting has her best. Her generosity shines brightly, even when the paint is dark and she is feeling dark inside, as she was, she told me, when some of these were painted. Bits of underpainting are visible in the final works, like cardigans half-buttoned and hair untied. Vulnerable, sensuous, earnest and disarming, Laura’s paintings have everything to give and nothing to prove. They are not shown so much as entrusted, and they make me feel worthy.
Flowering is an act of biological compulsion performed with the grace and humility of love. This is what I imagine painting must be like for Laura Jones.
‘Shadow and Soul’ by Laura Jones
Open 3 – 9 July 2014
87 Albert Street
For all enquiries about this exhibition, contact email@example.com
The Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award is well established as one of Australia’s best loved and richest portrait prizes (eclipsed only by the Doug Moran and the Archibald). This biennial event, proudly sponsored by the Shirley Hannan Trust, is a celebration of realistic portraiture and attracts eminent practitioners from across Australia. The spiritual home of the Shirley Hannan is the Bega Valley Regional Gallery which, as a small cultural outpost in a relatively remote country town, is particularly proud to host such a significant and exciting event.
For a list of finalists go to : http://www.begavalley.nsw.gov.au/cp_themes/default/page.asp?p=DOC-NKH-13-07-78
Exhibition runs 30 May- 5 July 2014
The beaten track refers to a much travelled path. Choosing this path usually results in security, predictability, planning, knowing where you are headed and how you are going to get there. This notion is comforting for some but a terrifying direct road to boredom for others.
Off the beaten track is part of The Boondocks Experiment: 2014, a festival for young people in the Hawkesbury and beyond. It brings together a group of young artists who instinctively knew there was another way and set out to find it.
They reinterpreted their built and natural environment, redefined its usefulness and ‘conquered the world’ in the process. This selection of works is a record of how the artists traversed land, city or mindscapes. Some of these artists have gone on to carve a livelihood from their arts practice others have gone on to have stellar careers. This exhibition is a celebration of fearless explorations and journeys that take you off the beaten track.
‘The Boondocks Experiment- Off the Beaten Track’ runs from 14 February – 13 April 2014 at Hawkesbury Regional Gallery in Windsor, NSW
Curated by Tia McIntyre in collaboration with Elliot Jones
Photo from opening night by David Jones
Some recent articles on ‘Light is Fugitive’ at Gallery Ecosse:
The Design Files http://thedesignfiles.net/2014/02/laura-jones-light-is-fugitive/
Arent & Pyke In/ Out Design Blog http://inoutdesignblog.com/outabout-laura-jones-light-is-fugitive-2/