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The Silent Majority Sees
photomantage
by Emily Valentine

Artist Statement:
‘We, as members of the local community, have lost control of our surroundings. We know what is going on and feel saddened and disheartened seeing our local landmarks destroyed. Of course, I am thinking of the West Connex and Public Housing, and observe how little effect our wishes and protests are having on our present NSW government. The silent majority observes, without the urge to object or react to the destruction that is happening around us.

In “The Silent Majority Sees”, people view the destruction of their community and passively watch. I ask, “Join the noisy minority!”

This image was built from many photos I have taken within the last 6 months around the inner west area. The photos of people were taken here, behind the Art Seat.’

Emily’s powerful 5m photomontage is on display outside the Newtown Community Centre
until 8 August
24/7

Shine On Em!
namaste

Fairfarren Janet Clayton Gallery !
Heather Ellyard Continuum 6: hum with me the lullaby of stone
Heather Ellyard Continuum 6: hum with me the lullaby of stone (detail)
Heather Ellyard No word is ever abandoned
Heather Ellyard I will wait for you
Heather Ellyard There will be stones
Heather’s work goes straight to the heart of the matter, you can see more here
‘Every blade of grass has an angel that bends over it and whispers, “Grow! Grow!”*
In the oldest traditions angels do not necessarily take on human appearance, and have been associated with the forces of nature. They may pass by in a breeze, or in the ruffling of water, in fluxes and in movement of the forces that make up our earth.
*From Midrash – the collection of Jewish moral and ethical debate based on commentaries of the sacred text
Hanna Kay Shibboleth: Y
Hanna Kay Shibboleth: B
see more of Hanna’s exquisite paintings here
if you’re in town don’t miss this show, closes at 4 this afternoon
love this compelling Crow by Jody Graham at AD Space
Jody Graham Discarded
Jody Graham Discarded (detail)
Jody’s show finished yesterday you can see more of her work here
Lorraine Connelly-Northey
“works with seemingly unworkable materials – corrugated iron, chicken wire, barbwire and sheets of aluminium, which she manipulates into the forms of Waradgerie cultural objects such as narrbangs (string bags), digging sticks, possum skin cloaks and koolimans (bush bowls). Lorraine identifies strongly with both her Waradgerie and Irish familial histories and cultural protocol and intuition underpin her practice. Having recognised her own discomfort harvesting plant fibre for weaving, she sought instead to work with industrial and metal discards. Where we might see a secondhand mattress, Lorraine sees the circular springs within it, reminiscent of linear woven forms, and instantly recognises a narrbang.”
Measured Response NAS
Penny Evans
Both representational and metaphorical, Kamilaroi artist Penny Evans’ ceramic creations are embedded with dual meanings. At times an object takes the form of a matrilineal ancestor, at others, it becomes a constellation, but it is through the making process that Penny better understands how she is connected to them. As she creates her pinch pots she makes a lot of noise – tearing apart clay slabs, slapping, rolling and puncturing them with her fingertipsbefore pinching out the material in concentric motions. There is an ancestral familiarity with the earthly clay, a material that has always known our bodies. For Penny, the action of painting white slip/ underglaze onto a terracotta or black clay body is symbolic of the act of painting up the human body for ceremony.”
Measured Response
Penny Evans detail
Lucy Simpson
“Winangaylanha ngay mara (2018)  the title means ‘my hands remember’ in Yuwaalaraay language. Lucy’s practice often begins with instinctual thoughts or memories, crucial for her body’s re-learning and responding to materials deeply connected to country, knowledge and process.
Measured Response
Lucy Simpson (detail)
selected works of the Hands on Weavers collective
read more about this wonderful work here
we also saw Girt by Sea a fabulous exhibition of aerial photography
& to top a great day off Old Man Crow played a few tunes with Aubrey & Purton at Paddington Markets

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Tracey Deep Bloom at St Cloche
Tracey weaves such good magic have a look at the catalogue here
the show is on til May 20th
(photographs by Saint Cloche)
In Time at Janet Clayton Gallery
beautiful works by Judith Martinez, James Blackwell, Sophie Conolly and Leonardo Uribe
loved the delicacy of Morse Code by Sophie Conolly
view the exhibition online here
(photographs by Janet Clayton Gallery)

AnimismS is on til Sunday at Mothership Studios
12-3pm
18-22 Sydney Street, Marrickville

Inner West Power Fetishes by Gabrielle Bates
(the Bone Broom on the right hand side is mine when the show closes!)
photos courtesy of Gabrielle Bates & Mothership Studios

Designers on Show 2018

Posted: March 24, 2018 by Mo Crow in art exhibitions, It's Crow Time
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Designers on Show 2018
Turramurra Masonic Centre
March 23-25
Jane Stapleford makes cards of her beautiful paintings, one day I would love to buy an original!
& couldn’t resist her ‘The Owl and the Pussy-cat’ painted pegs
I bought a raffle ticket for a $200 voucher which will be drawn tomorrow at lunchtime
have my fingers x-ed to win & score a piece of wonderful lampworked glass by Penel Bigg & the wildly fun polymer jewellery by Carol Dobson
wish me luck!

PS didn’t win the voucher but it was fun to dream!

Old Man Crow came home last night from the pub with a T-shirt his mate Badger had printed of his face on the Mona Lisa, low brow art at it’s best!
Talking of art, visited Obsessed: Compelled to Make
photo by Jules Boag of Lorraine Connelley-Northey weaving with barbed wire
from the ADC website
at the Australian Design Centre to listen to Louise Weaver and Kath Inglis talk about their work and process (sadly Lorraine Connelley-Northey couldn’t be there). The show is a different way of looking at craft as art with key works from each artist displayed alongside videos with headphones which I found oddly disturbing in the gallery context as it distanced me from the work rather than engaging directly although I enjoyed watching each of the videos at home before I went into the show. The ground is shifting in the arts, the need for working with our hands and engaging with art is more important than ever…
On the way home I popped into Stanley Street Gallery
loved Shaun Hayes whimsical stoneware
& Artsite Gallery’s Sydney Printmaking 2018
a brilliant show, if you’re near town don’t miss it !
Reaching for the Stars is getting there, will be finished by March!

Collector’s Choice 2017 at Artsite Gallery
click on the link above to see a preview of all the wonderful art in the show
here’s my 3 offerings
Holding the Moon Mo 17
Lapis Lazuli a talisman for dreams in the fourth hour of the night Mo 17
the chicken and the egg Mo 17
hope to see you Sunday!