An Illumination of international and local artists over a season of nightly visual art exhibions, providing a textured backdrop to Fringworld 15
Traversing strange and familiar landscapes, award winning Perth artist Michael Doherty’s oil paintings are charming explorations of light and form. Doherty renders the world with a dream-like quality and appropriates strange eclectic motifs, which dance along the border of surrealism, while also rooted in the tradition of Australian Landscape painting.
Kate Koivisto Wheeler
Kate Koivisto Wheeler's art practice is experimental and painting-based, and she extends this across other media, presenting work locally and internationally.
In abstract minimalist paintings, she works with the elemental and undefined, in a space bridging nature/landscape and non-physical space/consciousness. Another stream, which has been mostly photographic and sculptural, looks at human relationships with cities, domestic spaces and landscapes. These two streams now overlap such that new work distils an essence of the experience of ‘being-in-the-world’ with a sense of the infinite, offering a space for reflection.
Koivisto Wheeler is a graduate of Claremont School of Art and the Curtin University of Technology Schools of Art and Design, and has been based at Gotham Studios Inc. in Northbridge, Western Australia, since the studios’ relaunch in 2011. Her work is held in collections around the world.
Clive Barstow - ‘Anarcadia Series’
A collection of wild and charming collages, whose messages are cleverly shown through the manipulation of jigsaw puzzles. Based on Nicolas Poussin’s painting “Les bergers d’Arcadie”, these scenarios represent a collision in time and space, an anarchic moment where chaos prevails, leading us down the garden path to a new an-arcadia.”- Spectrum Project Space.
Shag- Parlour Games'Parlour Games' is aptly titled for Shag's exploration, in his own inimitable style, into people playing games. The master of sharp, swinging lounge aesthetic, Shag has adopted the 'Parlour Games' theme to create fantastical studies into some of the best known board games of our childhoods - including guest appearances by those notable characters which have constructed their own happy place within our conscious.
Tristan Goldsmith is a 9-year-old boy with a passion for the arts. At age 2 Tristan was diagnosed with classic Autism moderate severity. Through the unwavering support and love from his parents, his love of art flourished and he has created stunning artworks of anthropomorphic sharks, dinosaurs and other monsters.
Tristan is encouraging and inspiring other parents of other special needs children, he is allowing people to look beyond the disability and into a world that is so wonderfully quaint. Tristan’s work has been featured in the Art Gallery of Western Australia and was a popular feature at Awesome Festival 2014. His inspiring work will make its second screen debut alongside other international and national artists.
David Hancock - Cosplay
In his beautifully rendered watercolour portraits of Cosplayers, David Hancock endeavors to mix reality with fantasy. Single figures adorned in Cosplay attire float on a white background, signifying the barrier between the player and the viewer. “We inhabit the same landscape but we are unable to penetrate the cosplayer’s’ private world, only envisaging small aspects of it.” - David Hancock.
Laura Moore- Hereinbefore
2012 winner of the National Portrait Gallery's ID Digital Portraiture Award, Laura Moore’s work poignantly sad and beautiful at the same time.
Clint Jackson Walker
International man of mystery
Cinema Portraits- Chris Lawrence
The event can be described as live projected street portraiture - a very traditional practice combined with digital tablets and video projection. Highly regarded by judges at the Gertrude Street Projection Festival 2014, Cinema Portraits is a public engagement in which the audience becomes the spectacle. Become immortalised on the walls of Perth's Cultural Centre as crowds look up to a building sized portrait of yourself as depicted by the Perth artist Chris Lawrence. CHRISLAWENCEART.COM
Kozyndan are the much loved collaborative art team of Kozy n' Dan. Kozy left Japan to study art in California - where she met Dan - and they have been living and creating together ever since. The power duo are avid travellers whose artworks often feature a message of respect and attention to our natural world, with their passion for diving and love for marine environments also popping up consistently in their work.
Probably most well know for their bunny-filled wave inspired by Hokusai’s Great Wave, their work for indie magazine Giant Robot, band artwork, and their amazing panoramas of epic chaos and beauty - kozyndan gives us an inherent sense of fun, complimentary vision and love for each other, making them an exemplar of artistic collaboration - Outre Gallery.
Grace Connors is a young artist, whose striking and well-considered aesthetic employs techniques of digital and traditional collage. Using family photos as a point of departure, Connors works to subvert sentimentality and personal histories to create generic images. We can connect to the imagery through its stylish presentation, and design sensibility, but are at the same time struck with the uncomfortable feeling of being a voyeur to someone else’s memories. The personal is reduced and made-to-be consumed, referring to the current image monopoly and the value of images in a post-internet society. Freshly graduated from Central Institute of Technology in Visual Art and Contemporary Craft, Connors is continuing her studies at Curtin University in 2015. Expect exciting things from this stylish emerging artist.
Keith Clements Collection- Perth street art
Keith Clements loves to see art accessible to everybody. An artist and photographer of street art, he is passionate about where he lives, and the art of the street and connecting with people wherever he goes. With an impressive archive of photographs of street art dating back to 1983, Keith’s snaps make their big screen debut. Documenting the development of Perth’s Street art scene since it’s inception, this collection acts as an important record of the culture of our city. Accompanied by music from his son, this delightful show is not to be missed.
Otto Von Tweine- Itchy Knits
Emerging patterns of the 20th century. Curated by Sartorial Semiotics Associate Professor Otto Von Tweine, University of Dusseldorf.
Otto Von Tweine was post-war Western Europe’s foremost reviewer and archivist of popular fashion styles used in the mass production of patterns for a variety of contemporary garments and knitted accessories such as pullovers, vests and scarves that incorporated the use of traditional natural textiles as well as exciting new synthetic fibers that took the world by storm.
Professor Von Tweine’s particular field of expertise delved into the existential dilemma of the human condition that makes an individual crave to remain feeling warm and secure while at the same time realizing the very garment that produces this security also makes them appear to be a tool.
KORRIN STONEY- AXISKorrin Stoney's Axis is a hypnotic video artwork that oscillates ambiently across the screen, using rough video collaging techniques in conjunction with geometrical concepts found in various Eastern and Western traditions of mandala production. Stoney explores an array of dualities in the realms of conscious/unconscious, light/dark, horizontal/vertical and chaos/order among others. Stoney’s work has featured in Hatched PICA and now establishes new territory on urban art screens.
IAN WILLIAMS - CINE RETROSPECTIVE
Ian Williams is a visual artist based in Perth, Western Australia.
His practice revolves around relationships between the digital world and the physical.