Grace has been awarded the sculpture prize for her final year of her Visual Arts degree. I don't often blog about our family obvious reasons, but since we have two graduating artists seeking work, I'm going to support them by getting their names 'out there'.
Grace's piece won praise from the judges for both its edginess and coherence. While Grace is a great illustrator (often ink and watercolour), her leaning toward sculpture is about creating interactive, social experiences.
She currently has a piece in "Nest" at the Format Gallery, 15 Peel St, Adelaide. I can't tell you what it may invite you to do.
Inspired by the phrase “Birds of a feather flock together”,
'Feathers' features 23 young artists’ works which will be enmeshed in a
giant chicken wire nest built within the gallery, physically and
metaphorically supported by the audience as they weave fabric, yarn,
sticks, tape, and other recycled materials into the walls.
At Uni Grace made an installation involving 400 balloons (mostly blown up by me... using compressed air), each with sentence of someone's dream in them (mostly inserted by me), and some with tiny torches in them (also me...). The darkened room had cloth suspended waist-high with the balloons above the cloth and light shining down. When you walked into the room you had to stoop down. It was all about the weight of dreams. A wonderful idea.
As a sideline she had an outdoor piece in "Drawn In" where she had 200 kites hung in trees (me holding a ladder in the rain, Yvonne helping make kites while sitting in the mud and rain) representing the loss of childhood innocence as we journey through life.
Prior to that she filmed herseld dragging a kite around town and then throwing it off a balcony. It was all about the difficulty of the creative process. I missed seeing that one.
And then there's "Fluxus", the movie of which will never be seen publicly. Rundle Mall. A large box. A smaller, singing box. Carrots. The "Tim the Enchanter" headgear. Chanting. Balloons and glitter. Bananas. It was all about audience reaction.
We're very proud of her and have absolutely no idea what she might want to create next. But she has power tools and is calling MY shed HER workshop, so who knows...
Grace Mitchell has an art piece in an outdoor installation exhibit at Blackwood Forest for 3 weeks. The exhibit is called "Drawn In" and its part of the annual SALA Festival (South Australian Living Artists). This particular work is by a number of UniSA art students. aka "The Elvis Collective"...
The forest represents life, and the kites (more behind me) represent the loss of childhood as we grow, hence them being caught in the trees and gradually disappearing... that's the short version... I'll have to take a better photo because most of the kites are behind us...
I love this work by Derek Sargent!
There's something really nice here about a fence made of wool - flexible, fragile, temporary, and spun...
For the local who walk there often, there's suddenly a fence across the paddock. we watched them and their dogs looking perplexed. then choosing to follow the fence line. unlike a wire fence, you felt reluctant to step through it. I mean, you could easily, but because of its fragility you'd rather walk around it. like a spider web.
and its a fence thats soft, springy and nice to touch. a gentle edge. almost an invitation to walk around or follow it. we saw the fence yesterday and I first assumed it was permanent. I stood next to it and didnt really look at it. then i found out that it was wool and part of the exhibition.
today I saw the spinning wheel for the first time. I'm quite enamoured with this piece. the posts are regular fence posts. the fencing looks like proper fencing. its a proper fence! the posts aren't temporary, but the wool seems to be, so perhaps they are as well... I can see myself using this image in a conversation about fences and barriers in our lives.
it's a Mitchell tradition that if you can't give someone an actual gift on the day, because you're giving them money to choose something themselves, or it's an experience, etc, you make them a voucher.
jim le page is making a poster of each book of the Bible. they're remarkable. and when i dont like them, they remind me that the book, more so than jim's art, is from a foreign place and time. thanks to maggi dawn via Facebook for this.
I've just stumbled across CRASSH - the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities at Cambridge University. Loads of interesting stuff. Manuel Castells is about to give some lectures about . All kinds of interesting conferences and symposia... discussion about how creativity and innovation are measured as social capital, 'digital humanities' research... definitely worth watching and a visit next time I'm in the UK.
I'm helping Pilgrim Uniting Church run another Fringe Festival event in 2012.
A Menagerie of Dreams
A wild garden of fantasy and dread. A multi-sensory encounter filled with hope and despair. Art works by local College students curated as a journey of dreams and nightmares of the soul. The exhibition features artwork by senior school students along with music, multimedia and provocative prose.
Our aim is to get senior students from local Uniting Church schools to submit artwork on the theme and then curate the space with additional elements so it becomes a reflective journey. The twins have joined the curation team and we're recruiting some others. Let me know if you'd like to participate!