Monday, September 26, 2011

FOR EVERYONE

Paradise and Colour of Knowledge are in the background

Before I get to discussing FOR EVERYONE here are two photos of me gesticulating, as I chatted away, at my Artist's Talk, which was on Saturday at PARADISE, Purgatory Artspace 170 Abbotsford St, North Melbourne. Yes, people came! I was very happy!

Art Historian, Dr Christine Dauber led the 'conversation' with some very interesting questions and comments, exploring my use of age old symbols through to my 'quiet activist' paintings about the environment [particularly water and coal seam gas]. Fundamentally, though, I believe, my paintings, through employing and re-interpeting the transcultural/religious age-old symbol of the tree-of-life, agitate for an all-encompassing 'call' to pay attention to environmental issues. As regular readers will know I believe beauty, with its underlying but elided pathos, has the agency to remind us of what we lose if we don't pay attention. Here are a couple of links to previous posts on beauty

And a video on Youtube.

Also, you might be interested in looking at CLIMARTE: Arts For A Safe Climate www.climarte.org There is a wonderful quote, mentioning beauty, by Bill McKibben on the homepage, plus if you click on his name you get taken to an article he wrote in the Huffington Post. Here's his website too http://www.billmckibben.com/ 

And please watch the video, on the CLIMARTE site, of Climarte co-founder Guy Abrahams presenting, on the power of the arts, at a conference in Mackay. www.climarte.org

PARADISE has two more weeks to go. It ends on Saturday 8 October. Gallery hours 11 am - 5 pm Tuesday to Saturday. PH: 61 3 9329 1860  E: purgatoryartspace@gmail.com

Please check out Carolyn McDowall's article about PARADISE
AND

All the paintings, details and prices are on my website online gallery PARADISE



NOW TO FOR EVERYONE

My book FOR EVERYONE is available for sale!
You can order it through Balboa Press, Amazon, Barnes and Noble

Great For Christmas!...for everyone!

I will be launching FOR EVERYONE next February at Fireworks Gallery, here in Brisbane. I will keep you posted when actual dates are confirmed. I will be exhibiting the 30 paintings in FOR EVERYONE at the launch too.



Here's a taster for what's inside FOR EVERYONE


Asleep

Why did the slow tortoise and the fast hare race each other?
Steady wins the race, so the moral goes.
But, do mismatched races benefit anyone?

Cheers,
Kathryn
www.kathrynbrimblecombe-fox.com
Youtube channel
http://www.youtube.com/user/kabrimblecombe?feature=mhee



Wednesday, September 21, 2011

ARTIST'S TALK

 

MY ARTIST'S TALK


KATHRYN BRIMBLECOMBE-FOX

IN DISCUSSION WITH ART HISTORIAN

Dr. CHRISTINE DAUBER

Saturday 24 September

2-3pm

@ PARADISE

Purgatory Artspace
170 Abbotsford St, North Melbourne
 
PH: 03 93291860

Light refreshments afterwards


Not so much concerned with the entertainment value attributed to popular culture, this artist’s work grapples with the ideological issues which haunt global politics today and seeks to express bonds of commonality rather than the disparateness of race, religion or politics. To this end, her images utilize an iconographical language that is global in its dimension. Her thematic use of arboreal imagery provides a point of access which crosses both histories and cultures to collapse the difference between east and west. Christine Dauber Ph D. (Dean's Honours) MA, BA Honours (Art History) University of Queensland
 
 
All the PARADISE paintings can be seen at:
 
 
And, this is a short video of PARADISE

 
Cheers,
Kathryn
 
Youtube Channel

Saturday, September 17, 2011

UNTETHERING LANDSCAPE

The Beginning Of Everything: Remembering Distance Oil on linen 90 x 180 cm

Untethering landscape...what do I mean by this? Well, in this age where astronomers are finding new planets and other celestial bodies/phenomena, and scientists who delve into nanoworlds are discovering equally as amazing phenomena, tethering 'landscape' to images bound to Earth is pretty prosaic! We live in a world where the reaches of distance are phenomenally expansive in their vastness, whether it be into the infinity of outer space or into the seemingly ever increasing spaces of the nano/pico. And, as regular readers will know, I 'see' these distances mirrored in the vast intimacies of the human psyche. I like the paradox suggested by vast intimacies! It helps to turn things upside down and inside out!

So, landscape tethered to images of what we literally see may seem a little unadventurous! For me, landscape goes way beyond what I might see with my eye of eye ball and pupil. In a way, what we literally see, places us outside the landscape where we are observers, rather than participants or even better, resonances of the same star dust. Landscapes that search for and become the distances, whether close or far, of those elements beyond what we literally see reveal the resonances of the star or cosmic dust that is in everything.

Landscape painting or rendering [with any medium] has a capacity to remind us that we are intrinsically part of the landscape, part of the memory of life's first flutter, part of the compulsion of existence. If we see and feel this we'll understand the need to nurture our physical, emotional and spiritual environments in ways which embrace the connectivity of all across time and space. The landscpapes that spring to my mind when I think like this are certainly adventurous! They are not mere representations or copies of what's literally there. Instead they propel horizons, tease perspective, collapse difference, search inside imagination for cellular memories of the beginning of everything. All existence is paradise!


Cosmic Dust Oil on linen 120 x160 cm
This painting is in my current exhibition PARADISE [Details below]


Tattersall's Landscape Art Prize 

This exhibition has now been moved from the Tattersall's Club for public viewing at Waterfront Place, 1 Eagle St, Brisbane CBD. The exhibition will continue there until Friday 23rd September. More details at this link: http://apq.com.au/Text/1312866207576-3978/

My painting The Beginning Of Everything: Remembering Distance Oil on linen 90 x 180 cm [Above] is in the exhibition. Here's the post I wrote at the time of painting it. http://kathrynbrimblecombeart.blogspot.com/2010/11/beginning-of-everything.html


Paradise Oil on linen 62 x 82 cm


MY CURRENT EXHIBITION
PARADISE
@ Purgatory Artspace

170 Abbotsford St

North Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

61 3 9329 1860


Exhibition Dates: 8 September - 8 October

Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 11 am - 5 pm

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AND Please come to:

MY ARTIST'S TALK


KATHRYN BRIMBLECOMBE-FOX
IN DISCUSSION WITH ART HISTORIAN
Dr. CHRISTINE DAUBER

Saturday 24 September
2-3pm
@ PARADISE
Purgatory Artspace

Light refreshments afterwards

Not so much concerned with the entertainment value attributed to popular culture, this artist’s work grapples with the ideological issues which haunt global politics today and seeks to express bonds of commonality rather than the disparateness of race, religion or politics. To this end, her images utilize an iconographical language that is global in its dimension. Her thematic use of arboreal imagery provides a point of access which crosses both histories and cultures to collapse the difference between east and west.
Christine Dauber Ph D. (Dean's Honours) MA, BA Honours (Art History) University of Queensland

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Please check out Carolyn McDowall's article about PARADISE

AND


Cheers,
Kathryn
Youtube Channel

Monday, September 12, 2011

PARADISE and 3D

Short video of PARADISE

PARADISE @ Purgatory Artspace
170 Abbotsford St
North Melbourne
Victoria, Australia
03 9329 1860

Exhibition Dates: 8 September - 8 October
Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 11 am - 5 pm
...............................................................................................

AND Please come to:

MY ARTIST'S TALK

KATHRYN BRIMBLECOMBE-FOX
IN DISCUSSION WITH ART HISTORIAN
Dr. CHRISTINE DAUBER

Saturday 24 September
2-3pm
@ PARADISE
Purgatory Artspace

Light refreshments afterwards
Not so much concerned with the entertainment value attributed to popular culture, this artist’s work grapples with the ideological issues which haunt global politics today and seeks to express bonds of commonality rather than the disparateness of race, religion or politics. To this end, her images utilize an iconographical language that is global in its dimension. Her thematic use of arboreal imagery provides a point of access which crosses both histories and cultures to collapse the difference between east and west.  
Christine Dauber Ph D. (Dean's Honours) MA, BA Honours (Art History) University of Queensland


AND, here are some photos of PARADISE
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PARADISE'S opening on Friday night [9 September] was a huge amount of fun. I had some 3 D glasses for people to look at the paintings with if they wanted. Well, the remarks of astonishment and surprise at how many of my paintings separated into multiple layers, when viewed with the 3 D glasses, certainly added to the ambiance of the event. Lots of conversation, questions and fantastic feedback about PARADISE.

As regular readers of this BLOG are aware, I did not know my paintings had a 3 D potential until quite recently. A visitor to my exhibition FRISSON last year suggested that I should try 3 D glasses. He actually went home and brought some back for me. And, wow! This same visitor returned to my exhibition VORTEX earlier this year and brought some 3 D glasses, which he gave to me. Again, many of the paintings in VORTEX separated into multiple layers, with some so amazingly 3D that I felt I could reach behind the figures and trees etc.

So, I decided that for PARADISE I would buy a number of 3 D glasses to have at the exhibition for people to enjoy. And, from my experience at the opening night and again on Saturday, when I stayed at the exhibition, the 3D glasses certainly added to people's enjoyment of the exhibition. The 3 D glasses are still there for people to use while the exhibition is on.


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3D NOT MERE ENTERTAINMENT
Regular readers will also know that I can't just sit with the 3D phenomena as mere entertainment! Given my interest in multiple perspectives, both literal and metaphoric, I think the 3D quality is an amazing outcome. Although unintentional the 3Dness of my paintings has possibly been manifested from 'other' subconscious or intuitive places. Ideas of multi dimensionality and perspectivity, experienced intellectually and emotionally, spatially and temporally, inspire much of my work. Here is one previous post where I write about some of my ideas on perspective. http://kathrynbrimblecombeart.blogspot.com/2010/03/alternative-to-perspective-inside.html

A paradise can be a physical space or a place deep within our inner psyches. Humankind's quest to find paradise either as a physcial place of perfection or an inner peace, is ongoing. However, what if paradise is here and now? What if the quest blinds us to the perfection that already exists? As I think about the 3D quality of my paintings I wonder if the dimensionality requests the viewer to ponder these questions. I wonder if we need to take time to look beyond the surface? New media and technology seem to promise 'other' worlds, perhaps new utopias and paradises, but what if this promise is an illusion, another diversion? Indeed, technology's urgency to garner attention leaves us attending to many things, sometimes all at the same time. Fleeting images and sound bites maybe exhausting us as they scatter our attention, or even more concerning, train us the skim across the surface of life.

One other interesting thing about seeing my paintings through 3D glasses, is that once the glasses are taken off, it's as if the eye has been trained to see the paintings in 3D. Whilst the effect is not as strong, the naked eye starts to discern the multiple layers and the paintings do not retreat to a flat surface. Now, is this a metaphor for exposing ourselves to new ways of seeing?! 

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All the paintings are for sale and range from $650 AUD for the small 30 x 30 cm ones [photo number 6] to $7,300 AUD for the large painting 'Cosmic Dust' [in middle of photo number 3]. The three paintings 'Finding The Light', 'Infinity' and 'Meeting Place Of The Mind' are all $3,900AUD [photo number 5] This gives you an idea of the price range.

Please check out Carolyn McDowall's article about PARADISE
AND



OH! AND!!!
The Tattersall's Landscape Art Prize was announced last week. Joe Furlonger won the $25,000 by invitation only prize.

The exhibition has now been moved from the Tattersall's Club for public viewing at Waterfront Place, 1 Eagle St, Brisbane CBD. The exhibition will continue there until Friday 23rd September. More details at this link: http://apq.com.au/Text/1312866207576-3978/

My painting 'The Beginning Of Everything: Remembering Distance' Oil on linen 90 x 180 cm is in the exhibition. here's teh post I wrote at the time of painting it. http://kathrynbrimblecombeart.blogspot.com/2010/11/beginning-of-everything.html


Cheers,
Kathryn


Monday, September 05, 2011

MIRRORED SYSTEMS

What if the 'here and now' is paradise? As we search for paradise in the external world, or in future imaginings or past nostalgia, are we missing what's right in front of us? And, what if paradise is not an external place or space, but an internal one? What if it everything at once?


Paradise Oil on linen 62 x 82 cm
I've been pondering the tree-of-life...yes again...and it seems to me that as it mirrors the life systems of the human body and the body of the earth, it also whispers hints of inner emotional and spiritual life energy. The human psyche is a fascinatingly endless yet intimate space to examine, and as we search layer after layer, links and conduits are revealed. I can 'see' the human psyche as a tree, with branches and twigs, trunk and roots, leaves, buds, bark, flowers. Its fulsome multiple dimensions mirroring the vast energy of outer space, which still remembers the beginning as it propels itself back to it and beyond. The human psyche, seemingly all about human consciousness and subconsciousness, erupts from its human boundaries, into the vastness of all existence. Paradise?


Remembering The Reason Why Oil on linen 100 x 60 cm

 
My exhibition Paradise opens this week in Melbourne!

Click on the image to see it larger.


 
PARADISE

Solo exhibition at

Purgatory Artspace

170 Abbotsford St, North Melbourne
6 September - 8 October
11 am - 5 pm Tuesday - Saturday

OPENING FRIDAY 9 September 6-8 pm




Please check out this article:


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Cheers,
Kathryn

Thursday, September 01, 2011

CURRENCY

 
Murray Darling Currency Oil on linen 120 x 160 cm
Click on the image to make it larger.

This latest painting Murray Darling Currency falls into my 'quiet activist' work. It is political although not initially overtly political. However, as the viewer ponders the painting, and notices various elements, commentary on issues surrounding the Murray Darling Basin/catchment is obvious. Check out this site for information on the importance of the Murray Darling Basin for Australian agriculture and water [obviously both related issues]. http://www.murrayriver.com.au/about-the-murray/murray-darling-basin/

This new painting follows a work on paper, by the same title, which I painted last year.

                                      Murray Darling Currency Gouache on paper 52 x 63 cm [framed]
                                      http://kathrynbrimblecombeart.blogspot.com/2010/11/murray-darling-currency.html

In both paintings the area of the Murray Darling Basin is painted with small blue $ signs to pose questions of value, all kinds of 'value'. The word 'currency' in the title deliberately plays with its many meanings, from water flow, to money, to contemporaneousness and political currency. The viewer does not discern the small $ sign when looking at the painting from a distance. They become evident as the viewer moves closer. This is a deliberate 'tactic' on my part to ask, 'Have you noticed?' Issues surrounding water supply and management, food production, soil nutrient sustainability, farmer returns, mining impacts, social cohesion, regional development and more all play their part in the life of the Murray Darling Basin.

In both the oil and the work on paper the 'landscape' is created with my much loved tree-of-life motif. In each case the tree spills out from the bottom left to cascade into land and sea. In the oil painting I have painted the continent of Australia depicting rainfall areas ie: the darker the green the more rainfall. The tree-of-life is a perfect life symbol as it denotes systems which give and propel life. Just as the body's vascular system propels life, the earth's water systems also propel life. The Murray Darling Basin is a perfect example of a life giving and propelling water system. When understood as a life system, like a vascular one, then questions of value take on a different perspective...don't they?

The work on paper Murray Darling Currency will be in my exhibition 'Paradise' opening next week 9th September in Melbourne [details below]. I will have a few of my 'quiet activist' paintings in the exhibtion as triggers to pose questions about environmental degradation and concepts of paradise lost. Indeed, what if THIS is paradise and human quests to seek paradise eleswhere 'out there' blind us to the paradise of here and now?

The new large oil painting  Murray Darling Currency will not be in the exhibition as I just finished it. All the paintings for 'Paradise' went off to Melbourne on Monday.

PARADISE


Exhibition Dates: 8 September - 8 October
Purgatory Artspace
170 Abbotsford St, North Melbourne
Tuesday - Saturday 11 am - 5 pm
03 9329 1800


ARTICLE   ARTICLE   ARTICLE   ARTICLE
AND Please read this wonderful article Carolyn McDowall from 'thecultureconcept circle' wrote about my work and 'Paradise'. http://www.thecultureconcept.com/circle/paradise-in-purgatory-kathryn-brimblecombe-fox-finding-light


SYMPOSIUM AT UQ

On Tuesday and Wednesday this week I attended a fascinating symposium at the University of Queensland. The symposium  was called:
Virtual Anatomies: The Cultural Impact of New Medical Imaging Technologies
Regular readers of my BLOG will probably know why such a symposium interests me. Over many years many scientists and doctors have asked if I have had medical or scientific training because they see vascular or reproductive systems in my work. Sometimes my trees look like brains or kidneys, cross sections of tissue or cells. [I have no medical or scientific training other than senior biology!] Yet, these same shapes, cross sections and so on can also take on landscape qualities, such as aerial views of water systems or moutain ranges, cross sections of land and so on. The body as site and site as body are the things that interest me. Even beyond the boundaries of earth...body as cosmos, cosmos as body. As regular readers know, I sometimes take the tree-of-life into the cosmos, to help find its roots in the beginning of time, as well as to reveal its symblic potency in the 21st century.

Cheers,
Kathryn