29 June, 2007

subject index june 2007

DEDALO update
subject index may 2007

Hague Sculpture 2007
Hague Sculpture 2007
Hague Sculpture 2007 - part 1
James Angus
Brook Andrew
Richard Goodwin
Jon Campbell
Mikala DWYER
Robyn Backen
Louise Weaver

Art Basel
Prix de Rome
sculpture projects muenster 07
Eccentric Bodies
Cuisine & Country - Lake Macquarie

Biennale of Sydney 2008
University of Sydney podcasts
Australian podcasts
24th Telstra National Aboriginal Art Award
NAIDOC week 2007
canberra galleries
Australian National Capital Artists

Australian Etchings & Engravings - AGNSW
Dorothy Napangardi
The Apocalyps of Max Beckmann

bbc arts
The Unsung Joys Of Canberra

Chrystel Lebas

Amalia Del Ponte
Pierre Soulages
Josephine Severn
M.C. Escher
MCA Artist�s Voice
Max Beckmann in Amsterdam

The Saints

Art Gallery Strikes
Lauren Cooper
Women In Art
Graffiti" in der Sendung "Knackpunkt

Mirror of the World - State Library of Victoria
5th artists' books + multiples fair

Northern Editions Gallery

Dorothy Napangardi: etchings and screenprints 2001-2006
This exhibition showcases an exquisite selection of limited edition prints produced by celebrated Warlpiri artist Dorothy Napangardi between 2001-2006. Dorothy’s complex and beautiful prints depict Women’s Dreamings associated with her country Mina Mina.

Where: Northern Editions Gallery, Building 33, Casuarina Campus, Darwin.
When: Opening Thursday 28 June, 6pm. Showing Mon-Fri until 31 July.


27 June, 2007

The Apocalyps of Max Beckmann

The idea was to publish a book in limited edition containing the full text of the Apocalypse (the Greek word apokalysis means disclosure or revelation) in Luther’s translation, with Beckmann’s lithographs as illustrations. It was a dangerous undertaking during wartime.

Beckmann designed the lithographs in his attic studio on the Rokin and the designs were then smuggled to Frankfurt where the lithographs were printed.

A number of series were secretly brought back to Amsterdam where Beckmann himself painted them in in water colours. A total of 24 numbered and 10 unnumbered copies of the book were published, since a publisher was allowed to issue a maximum of 24 copies of a book without needing the approval of the authorities.


The lithographs shown in the museum are the original proofs, and as such they are regarded as the ‘primary copy’. They were painted in water colours in the spring of 1942 by Beckmann’s own hand and were smuggled from Amsterdam to Frankfurt to serve as models for the colouring of the lithographs that were to be bound in the books. The proofs remained in the possession of the last artistic director of the printing house until 2002. Actually their existence had been forgotten until they were sold at auction after the director’s death. A masterpiece was rediscovered!

April 6 - August 19, 2007

Max Beckmann in Amsterdam

Max Beckmann in Amsterdam, 1937-1947
6 April 2007 - 19 August 2007

This exhibition offers the first extensive retrospective of the work produced by Max Beckmann in his years in Amsterdam. Max Beckmann (1884-1950) was one of the leading and most distinguished German artists of the 20th century.

In collaboration with the Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich.
The exhibition can be seen in Munich from 13 September 2007 to 6 January 2008.

Running concurrently with the exhibition in the Van Gogh Museum, the Bible Museum in Amsterdam will show The Apocalypse, a major series of lithographs by Beckmann.

In the footsteps of Max Beckmann
Podwalk: downloadable city audio tour


Alongside a visit to the exhibition you can take your own walking audio tour (podwalk) of 12 city venues where Beckmann lived, worked and gained inspiration for his paintings.

Download the tour and the city map below or explore the interactive map.


  • Zip file with full audio tour (31,5 mb)
  • City map (pdf, 120 kb)

    Audio fragments

    1. Kunsthandel Paul Cassirer & Co (art dealer's firm), Keizersgracht 109 (mp3, 3.143 kb)
    2. Krasnapolsky Hotel, Dam (mp3, 2.416 kb)
    3. Max Beckmann’s House, Rokin 85 (mp3, 4.391 kb)
    4. Kunstzaal Van Lier (art gallery), Rokin 126 (mp3, 1.908 kb)
    5. Hotel de l'Europe, Muntplein (mp3, 2.388 kb)
    6. Tuschinski Theatre, Reguliersbreestraat 26-28 (mp3, 2.315 kb)
    7. Rembrandtplein (mp3, 2.237 kb)
    8. Rembrandthuis, Jodenbreestraat 4 (mp3, 3.356 kb)
    9. Artis Zoo, Plantage Kerklaan 40 (mp3, 3.157 kb)
    10. American Hotel, Leidseplein (mp3, 2.838 kb)
    11. Blue Teahouse, Vondelpark (mp3, 1.821 kb)
    12. Stedelijk Museum, Paulus Potterstraat 13 (mp3, 3.653 kb)

    The audio tour is produced by Antenna Audio with the collaboration of Beatrice von Bormann.

    In the mean time, explore the interactive map for a preview of the tour. If you’re not familiar to the navigation of this map, please read the directions for use.

  • 25 June, 2007

    Cuisine & Country - Lake Macquarie

    8 June 2007 to 22 July 2007

    Cuisine & Country + satisfied

    Food is an almost boundless source of inspiration – relishing produce, preparing a meal, sharing it (or not), a picnic, a campsite, slow food, fast food, drinking and feasting. Along with it comes a social atmosphere – an ideal catalyst for stimulating conversation.

    Cuisine & Country is a visual feast teasing out the essential role food has played in Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australian life. Conceived and selected by independent curator Gavin Wilson, Cuisine & Country tells a new story about our nation.

    Notables sharing their unique vision include Margaret Preston, John Olsen, William Dobell, Brett Whiteley, Fred Williams, Emily Kngwarreye, Yvonne Koolmatrie, Anne Zahalka, David Keeling, Euan Macleod and Ben Quilty.

    In all, the exhibition consists of over 90 works – historic, modernist and contemporary - by 50 artists. It includes paintings, graphics and photography drawn from the National Gallery of Australia, the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the State Library of New South Wales and other major collections.

    As the first venue of this extensive national tour, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery will complement the exhibition with the project satisfied. Taking its cue from the successful 2002 project Satisfaction, satisfied showcases the making of a delicious three-course meal prepared by Awaba House’s award-winning chef, Daniel Lawrence, arranged on exquisite handcrafted tableware by Hunter practitioners Helen Dunkerley, Sue Jones and Won Seok Kim and photographed by Roger Hanley.


    DEDALO update

    Hello Everyone,

    you may be wondering what happened to me since the opening of DEDALO last May 26th.!

    The opening was fabulous and I was surprised at the amount of people who came over to see the show and the demonstrations.



    my guided tour

    International Printmakers' Exhibition
    26th May - 30th September 2007
    Opening of the Show with guided tour

    demonstration by Bonnie Christensen


    demostrations by CURI

    ... as soon as I have a little bit of time, I will take more pictures of what the show looks
    like in its entirety and each artist on the list will be linked directly to their own image or images.

    I hope you enjoy the show


    In the show works by:

    Aimee Youmans, Akemi Ohira, Andy English, Anthea Bosenberg, April Vollmer, Arafat Al Naim, Barbara Mason,Barbara Patera, Bea Gold, Bette Wappner , Bobbie Mandel, Brent Haddock, Carole Baker, Carol Lyons, Carol Wagner, Charles Morgan, Cindy Wilson, Claude Aimee Villeneuve, Claudia Coonen, Colleen Corradi, Dan C Vammen, Daniel Dew, Darrel Madis, David Crown, Debrah Santini, Bea Gold, Dreiss Catherine, Eb Atwood, Eli Griggs, Emma Jane Hogbin, Francesca Curi, Frank Trueba, Gayle Wohlken, George Jarvis, Georgia Garsiside, Gerald Soworka, Gilda Zimmerling, Gillyn Gatto, Greg Carter, Heather Muise, Horacio Soares, Humberto Saenz, Ira Greenberg Jack Reisland, Jd Roehrig, James Mundie, Jan Telfer, Jared Thornton, Jason Lemacks, Jean Eger Womack, Jeanne Norman Chase, Jenny Papa, John Center, Josephine Severn, Judy Bourke, Julia Wakefield, Julianne Kershaw, Julie Sparks, Julio Rodriguez, Kat Pukas, Kate Courchaine, Kathleen Baker Pittman, Ken Malson, Kim Fink, Kim Medina, Kim Shields,Ld Lawrence,Lezle Williams,Liz Horton, Louise Cass, Maria Arango, Marian Anderson, Marilynn Smith, Mary Kuster, Melissa Gill, Melissa Read-Devine, Michiko Yoshida, Mikael Kihlman, Mike Lyon, USAMinna Sora, Monica Bright, Nancy Osadchuck, Nicci, Patsi Giclas,Peta Kaplan, Peter Mc. Lean, Philip Smith, Ray Hamilton, Raylene Johnson, Raymond Carter, Rich Campbell, Robert Swain, Robyn Sassen, Rockwell Kent, Ruth Leaf, Sarah Hauser, Sharri La Pierre., Sharen Linden , Shireen Holm, Shusaku Arakawa, Slav Varlakov, Stephanie SmithSusan Beyette, Sue Salsbury, Suzie Haddock, Sylvia Taylor, Tomomi Ono , Vitaly Kerdimun, Yasuyo Tanaka , Yvonne Dorricott, Wanda Robertson

    22 June, 2007


    The Lismore Lantern Festival features an array of illuminated sculptures
    and artworks that reflect the 2007 theme: Re-Enchanting the Dream. The
    festival's celebrations include a parade with bands, street performers
    and an arts and crafts market.

    Venue: Lismore, NSW

    Date: Saturday 23 June and Sunday 24 June 2007

    For further information go to:

    In 1994 the first Lismore Lantern Parade was held in response to community concerns about antisocial behaviour and economic decline in Lismore's CBD, bringing people into the often deserted city centre in a safe and celebratory environment. The Lantern Parade was also seen by local artists and performers as a way for the community to honour the cycles of the seasons in an authentic, contemporary celebration.

    The Inaugural Lismore Lantern Parade was organised by the Lismore Folk Trust Inc as a lead up to the Lismore Folk Festival held later that year.

    There were just a few hundred people at the first lantern parade in 1994. Slowly over the years the lanterns have become a community tradition, appearing at many other community events and around the region and beyond. Plans are afoot for travel overseas in the near future! In 2006 over 25,000 happy people filled the streets of Lismore on the longest night of the year.

    16 June, 2007

    sculpture projects muenster 07

    sculpture projects muenster 07 opens on June 16, 2007 and runs parallel with the documenta in Kassel, from June 17 to September 30, 2007. For one hundred days, the exhibition will put its stamp on the city and the region. In 1997 more than 500.000 visitors came to Muenster to see the work of artists from 25 countries. This large attendance certainly raises similar expectations for 2007.


    15 June, 2007

    The Unsung Joys Of Canberra


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    Australian National Capital Artists

    Australian National Capital Artists Inc (ANCA) is a dynamic cooperative of visual artists established as a result of a bold and unique collaboration between the ACT government and representatives of Canberra's art community. ANCA's aim is to foster artistic growth by providing individual artists with low cost studio space in a supportive and stimulating environment.


    MCA Artist�s Voice

    The MCA is delighted to announce the launch of MCA Artist�s Voice. These are DVDs capturing the �voice� of Australian artists who have exhibited at the MCA, discussing their work and artistic practice.

    Adam Cullen
    Born 1965 Sydney. Lives and works Sydney. Adam Cullen�s pseudo-na�ve style and use of abhorrent or abject materials aligned him with the Sydney Grunge movement of the...

    Danie Mellor
    Born 1971 Mackay, Queensland. Lives and works in Canberra. These ceramic forms take their inspiration from a variety of sources, including rainforest shields made in...

    Hossein Valamanesh
    Born 1949 Tehran, Iran. Lives and works Adelaide. Hossein Valamanesh�s work is influenced by his position as an Iranian-born Australian, having emigrated in 1973, and..
    James Angus
    Born 1970 Perth. Lives and works Sydney and New York. A participant in the MCA�s very first Primavera exhibition, James Angus represents phenomena from both...

    Monika Behrens

    Born 1975 Melbourne. Lives and works Sydney. The history of humankind is anything but humane. Our past is littered with war, oppression and genocide. The present is...

    Noel McKenna
    Born 1956 Brisbane. Lives and works Sydney. Noel McKenna�s paintings are characterised by his honest portrayals of everyday moments, and the relationship of people to...

    Robert Owen
    Born 1937 Wagga Wagga, NSW. Lives and works Melbourne. Robert Owen has been working for over forty years in a practice that includes painting and sculpture. Driven by...

    Tom M�ller
    Born 1975 Basel, Switzerland. Lives and works Perth. My practice illustrates a cultural past inside the global future. I create paintings and installations that meld...

    TV Moore
    Born 1974 Canberra. Lives and works Sydney and Los Angeles. TV Moore works primarily in installation and moving imagery, often depicting outsiders and other figures...

    Yukultji Napangati
    Born 1970 Western desert, Western Australia. Pintupi people. Lives and works Kiwirrkura, Western Australia and Kintore, Northern Territory. Kiwirrkura is located in...

    14 June, 2007

    M.C. Escher


    Book Arts at the Centre for Fine Print Research, UK

    This website has been designed to show some examples of research projects run by the CFPR which examine contemporary artists’ books. As part of our research we explore many aspects of the book arts: from the conception and history of the artist’s book, to creative processes and output, current developments and critical assessments of the subject. Through our research projects and collaborations, we hope to widen critical discourse within the book arts field.

    13 June, 2007

    Josephine Severn


    5th artists' books + multiples fair

    5th artists' books + multiples fair
    Brisbane, Australia
    7-9 September 2007

    University Art Museum
    The Mayne Centre
    University of Queensland, Brisbane

    Organiser: Noreen Grahame
    Grahame Galleries + Editions

    The 5th artists' books + multiples fair is open for selection to artists
    and publishers of artists' books and multiples (multiple: small three
    dimensional editioned work).

    More information about 5th artists’ books+ multiples fair brisbane (PDF document 356kb)

    Eccentric Bodies

    Eccentric Bodies
    , a group exhibition that explores new visions of the female nude, opens at the Mason Gross School of the Arts Galleries on June 14, 2007, with a public opening reception in honor of the artists from 5 to 7 p.m. The show will remain on view through August 3, 2007.

    Eccentric Bodies includes the work of seven women artists who are creating a new "gaze" directed towards the female nude. These artists explore the intersection of life's imprint on the site of women's bodies. Their work contradicts the conventional "male gaze" of Western art since the Renaissance in which the nude is represented as sexually passive and available; the contemporary gaze of artists like John Currin and Lisa Yuskavage, who subvert this traditional "male gaze" through exaggeration and distortion; and the gaze of the feminist artists of the 1970s who were concerned primarily with gender. The Eccentric Bodies artists are concerned with such issues as the aging body and the body as the bearer of cultural and ethnic identity. A distinguishing characteristic of the group show is that all works are on a heroic scale.


    10 June, 2007

    Hague Sculpture 2007 - part 1

    Hague Sculpture 2007

    Contemporary Art from Australia and the Netherlands


    Brook Andrew,

    James Angus,

    Robyn Backen,

    Jon Campbell,

    Mikala Dwyer,

    Shaun Gladwell,

    Richard Goodwin,

    Richard Goodwin

    The central tenet of Richard Goodwin’s artistic practice is that public art and architecture inform, interrogate and constantly redefine each other.

    Richard Goodwin Goodwin was recently awarded Australia’s richest sculpture prize, the 2004 Helen Lempriere National Sculpture Award. This award has enabled the creation of, amongst other projects, an extraordinary website www.richard-goodwin.com which further details the artist’s cross-disciplinary expertise. To add to his list of recent achievements, Richard was also the recipient of the 2003 Sydney Water Sculpture Prize in Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi NSW.

    Sculptural installations, performance based pieces, photography and works on paper all imbued with a strong architectural ethos, Goodwin’s work has been collected by numerous public and private collectors, and can be seen around Australian and international cities as public art or as an integral part of the urban infrastructure.


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    The Saints

    The Saints - (I'm) Stranded


    The Saints performing live at Paddington Town Hall on the 21st of April 1977.

    Set List:
    1) This Perfect Day
    2) Run Down
    3) Erotic Neurotic


    The Saints - Demolition Girl

    Jon Campbell

    Please click here to see images of Jon Campbell's work.

    Jon Campbell graduated from RMIT in 1982 with a Bachelor of Fine Art (Painting) and from the VCA in 1985 with a Graduate Diploma (Painting). Since 1987 he has taught at universities, tafes, community centres and private art schools. he has been a lecturer in the VCA Painting Department since 1999.

    Campbell has exhibited widely in both group and solo shows at commercial galleries, public galleries, art schools, artist run spaces and cafes. He is currently represented by Uplands Gallery, Melbourne and Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney.

    He has been awarded several prizes and grants including, Greene St Studio, NYC (Australia Council), Development Grant (Australia Council), New Work grant (Arts Victoria), the Herald Sun Art Prize and the Keith and Elisabeth Murdoch Travelling Fellowship.

    Since the mid 80s he has played in bands such as, The King Jerklews, The Monaros, The Colonial V-Knees and Adawo. He currently writes songs and performs with his band, Gloss Enamel. Campbell lives and works in Footscray with his wife and two daughters.

    "jon campbell has been a prime mover in the well trodden road of do-it-yourself and rock'n'roll values in contemporary art. he was one of the earliest artists to advocate that an artist might make their own fame by emulating rock'n'roll gestures in contemporary art. he has created work that in style and content was modelled on the simplicity of the 3 chord song."

    lara travis (see,here,now catalogue. 2003)



    Video: Yeah

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    campbells work can also viewed at: www.contemporaryart.com.au


    Shaun GLADWELL

    I didn’t even know he was a skateboarder. I was just transfixed by the beauty of this image of this skater pirouetting in slow motion, with the huge drama of the sea; the seascape behind him this incredible storm at sea. All these were elements of luck; the storm and so forth. And then with the rain falling on the lens of the camera transforming what was a video piece it becomes almost a pointillist, almost an impressionist painting, as the blurring, still with this figure eternally circling almost like an angel or some celestial body ready to return to another void; to another planet; to another world.


    Sydney artist Shaun Gladwell creates video works that draw attention to various forms of urban expression such as skateboarding, hip-hop, graffiti, BMX bike riding and break-dancing. Past-times like skateboarding are traditionally seen as modes of transport and leisure that defy and disrupt the linear street layouts of the city. Skating is thus a rebellious act and seen by city planners/developers/politicians as a nuisance, much like graffiti.

    Critic and curator Simon Rees has said that, "in his practice Shaun Gladwell creates a series of reversals, none more impacting than the theoretical. In art discourse, culture is hierarchical and operates in a 'trickle-up' system where high-culture appropriates from low-culture. Discourse also privileges the critic/analyst over the artist/ethnographer. Gladwell flips this: he borrows from art (and discourse) to amplify his skating and performance.

    "The slow-motion, framing and viewpoints of his work are composed in order to open performances to a range of readings that play within and against art historical genres and concepts such as romantic portraiture, landscape, religious allegory and the death reckoning of vanitas and memento mori."

    Shaun Gladwell completed an Honours Degree at Sydney College of the Arts at the University of Sydney and postgraduate research with the College of Fine Arts at the University of New South Wales. He has conducted associate research at Goldsmiths College in London in 2001-2 and undertaken a residency at the Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris. He has exhibited widely throughout the past ten years with exhibitions in Europe and the United States. In 2004 Gladwell was selected as the NSW representative for the first Anne Landa Award at the Art Gallery of NSW.

    Gladwell is a founding member of the Sydney based artist collective Imperial Slacks. In 2004 he received two commissions to develop video pieces for the Performance Space in Sydney and The Australian Centre For the Moving Image, Melbourne. Recently, Gladwell took part in I thought I knew but I was wrong, a group exhibition that is touring to Singapore, Seoul and Bangkok throughout 2004 and 2005.


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    From balletic, virtuosic skateboarding to painting from literary and art historical sources, Shaun Gladwell’s art practice engages in “creative distortion resulting from the transmission of images and ideas between different cultural zones and historical periods”1. His work draws from personal experience through to wider discourses on power, history, contemporary culture and technology. In this solo exhibition, Gladwell extends his recent work with extreme sports in the gravity-defying “Tangara”, and particularly the urban practice of skateboarding in three major video works; “Linework”, “Kickflipper: fragments edit”, and “Storm Sequence”. The video works place emphasis on the city (Sydney) as a stage for choreographed performances and intervention, where strict rules increasingly determine the use of public space / transport / art / architecture. As a painter, Gladwell carries through themes of ownership and propriety in his “Anonymous Figures” series; elongated, faceless copies of Gainsborourgh portraits of 18th century aristocracy. The improbable sculptures that sit between his painting and video works are conjoined technological objects, together distorting information to remix a new kind of sound (“A Clear Day”), or suggesting other ways for time/space transcendence (“Enterprise”).




    Shaun Gladwell's website http://www.shaungladwell.com/

    Biennale of Sydney 2008

    16th Biennale of Sydney


    18 June – 7 September 2008
    Artistic Director, Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev

    Presentation at Venice Biennale: Friday, 8 June 2007, 7.00–7.30pm at the Teatro Piccolo near the entrance to the Arsenale – in collaboration with Yokohama Triennale and Shanghai Biennale


    The Biennale of Sydney has showcased contemporary art from Australia and around the world since 1973 and is one of the largest and most exciting contemporary visual arts events. The 2008 Biennale will be held at venues and sites throughout Sydney, including the Art Gallery of New South Wales and the Museum of Contemporary Art.

    ‘The impulse to revolt. Revolving, rotating, mirroring, repeating, reversing, turning upside down or inside out, changing perspectives. I imagine the 16th Biennale of Sydney as a constellation of historical and contemporary works of art that celebrate and explore these dynamics, both in art and life. Through installations, performances, films, texts, an evolving online venue, conversations and other events, Revolutions – Forms That Turn articulates the agency embedded in forms that express our desire for change. Such literal and formal devices are charted for their broader aesthetic, psychological, radical and political perspectives. Piero Manzoni’s Socle du Monde (Base of the World, 1961) lies more or less on the opposite side of the world from Sydney. What happens if we turn it upside-down?

    ‘The “space” explored by this exhibition is the gap between the first part of the title – revolutions – which suggests a directly political and content-based exhibition, and the subsequent phrase – forms that turn – which alternatively suggests the autonomy and isolation of the art object, spinning on its own and detached from daily life, or the energy and potential latent in forms themselves (turns that form). The first term collapses (is over-turned) into the second and within that gap perspective suddenly shifts, as when a joke is understood – causing unexpected laughter, a release of tension and a collapse into the comic dimension of radical and absolute presence. It is a space of rotation, confusion, revolt, insubordination, anarchy and disruption of order, a space of revolution.’ – Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev


    France - Le Monde
    Every town wants its own contemporary art biennale

    "112 contemporary art biennales now exist in the world. The multiplication is exponential, testifying to the rampant globalisation of contemporary art. In June, the action is centred in Europe, with Venice, Kassel and Münster. But now the phenomenon has spread across the planet", notes Emmanuelle Lequeux. "Lyon, Berlin, Istanbul, Moscow, Sharjah, Turin, Shanghai, Havana, Sidney, Dakar, Taipei, and even Ushuaia... One loses count of the towns and cities that now host these mega exhibitions and the phenomenon appears to be expanding at a steady pace, especially in Asia... ... The stakes? They go far beyond aesthetics, becoming political, geo-strategic, and economic. If towns are so enchanted by biennales, it is because they do wonders for their image. ... Showing that a town is part of the international game is an important mission for a biennale. Like the English, contemporary art has become a universal language." (08/06/2007)

    » full article (external link, French)


    09 June, 2007

    Chrystel Lebas

    'The forest is a fascinating place; one can feel attracted to its grandeur, or scared by its depth and darkness. This space of immensity echoes our childhood memories, through fairytale or play. Walking through the forest of my childhood in France, after many years, I remembered when we used to build a hut, and slowly the light would disappear, and darkness would surround us.'
    Chrystel Lebas


    Chrystel Lebas shot the Abyss series in forests where twilight, rather than creating a theatrical abundance of light and colour, heralds their loss. Using a panoramic camera and long exposures, Lebas observes the effects of the fading light, creating images that contain an imprint of the event as it unfolds over time.

    The film Blue Hour invites us to experience the twilight in a Wiltshire bluebell wood in real time; to become aware of the barely perceptible shifts and nuances of the falling light and the sounds of the wood. Lebas has also made hour-long exposures at twilight near the border of Finland and Russia, where in winter twilight starts around 2pm.

    These images are often the starting point for an investigation of childhood memories or the darker side of fairy tales. She calls her most recent work Between Dog and Wolf - a translation of the French expression for twilight that suggests its transformative and dangerous potential.



    Gallery Vassie is proud to present a new series of photographs by Chrystel Lebas. Part of a larger series, this exhibition includes the ‘Blue Hour’ series of images from a bluebell forest in Wiltshire, England. Which were taken in France, Germany, Spain and Japan between 2003 and 2006.

    The bluebells form a vast purple carpet extended to infinity in a forest just emerging from winter. Minimal natural light allows the bluebell to emit a blue ray that vibrates against the light green of unfurling foliage. The resulting vibrant colour indicates the symbolism of ‘the green ray’ or ‘magic hour’ of fairytales, stories and legends.

    Chrystel Lebas graduated from the Royal College of Art in 1997. Her photographs appear in several international private and public collections and this exhibition coincides with an exhibition of Lebas’s work at The Victoria & Albert Museum in London, where her work is also held in their permanent collection. Her first monograph L’espace temps – Time in Space, received the British Book Design and Production Award 2004 and was exhibited at the Rencontres d’Arles Book Award 2004.

    This new body of work made between 2003-2006 are photographs taken in forests in France, Germany, Finland and Japan during the hours of twilight. The forest is a fascinating place; one can feel attracted to its grandeur or scared by its depth and darkness. This space of immensity echoes our childhood memories through fairytale or play. “Walking to the forest of my childhood in France, after many years, I remember when I used to build a hut, and slowly the light would disappear, and darkness would surround us. The excitement of being inside this small shelter, protected by the large trees, overturned our fears and instead we felt protected.” Says Lebas.

    These images are taken in places, such as the Black Forest in Germany, which are imbued with myth and legends. The forest is a fascinating place; one can feel attracted to it’s grandeur, or scared by its depth and darkness.’ Chrystel Lebas from Between Dog & Wolf.

    Chrystel Lebas’s new book — Between Dog and Wolf, a monograph, is also available for purchase at the gallery.

    Chrystel Lebas is represented by Gallery Vassie where her work is held permanently in stock. Please ask to view further images.


    08 June, 2007

    24th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award

    Exhibition dates: Friday 10 August - Sunday 18 November 2007
    Opening: 6pm Friday 10 August 2007

    Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory
    Conacher Street, Bullocky Point, Darwin


    The 24th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award, open to all adult Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander artists, aims to showcase the very best Australian Indigenous art from around the country.

    The non-acquisitive Telstra Award of $40,000 is awarded to the work considered by judges to be the most outstanding work in the exhibition. Additional prizes of $4,000 each are awarded in four media categories.

    The four categories in which prizes are awarded are:

    • the Telstra General Painting Award
    • the Telstra Bark Painting Award
    • the Telstra Work on Paper Award
    • the Wandjuk Marika 3D Memorial Award (sponsored by Telstra)

    The Telstra Award of $40,000 and the four media category prizes of $4,000 each are non-acquisitive.

    The 2007 exhibition will feature 104 artworks in a wide range of themes, styles and media including painting on bark, canvas and paper, prints, sculpture, fibre art, ceramics, glass, photography, digital media and video.

    NATSIAA archives

    2006 - 23rd Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award
    2005 - 22nd Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award
    - 21st Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award
    2003 - 20th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award