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FEATURE STORY JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2021

Everything is true and it matters

CHRIS MALCOLM
Director John Curtin Gallery
Curtin University

The extraordinary works of Abdul-Rahman Abdullah will fill John Curtin Gallery in the largest survey of his work to date.

Ocular Barnacles, (detail) 2020 by Erin Coates.

REFLECTION / SUBMERSION

From the multiple perspectives of above, within and below, through abstraction and representation, this exhibition is about the ocean, its life-forms and the images and imaginary visions it inspires.
ARTISTS: ERIN COATES, CARMELA CORVAIA, JULIA DAVIS, LESLEY DUXBURY, JEREMY KIRWAN-WARD, HIROSHI KOBAYASHI, SUE LOVEGROVE, CLYDE MCGILL, ROY WIGGAN & CECILE WILLIAMS
6 February – 13 March
Holmes à Court Gallery @ No 10

Immerse in aqueous reflection

 
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New works and never before exhibited works form an eclectic exploration both above and below the ocean in Reflection / Submersion at Homes à Court Gallery in West Perth. LAETITIA WILSON PREMIUM: Subscribers only

Engage with the arts to live longer

♦ Art museum, Europe. Photo Adrianna Calvo, Pexels.

A new study published in the British Medical Journal suggests engagement with the arts could have protective influences on life expectancy. PREMIUM: Subscribers only

IN THE JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2021 EDITION

In this edition we feature the Perth Festival Visual Arts Program, skewed to local content due to pandemic restrictions and border closures, but in the process shining a spotlight on the richness and depth of an increasingly confident arts sector.
First up, John Curtin Gallery Director Chris Malcolm provides a personal insight into the development of Everything is True, the largest survey to date of the extraordinarily resolved sculptural works of Abdul-Rahman Abdullah. These ‘drawings in space’ in wood mask laborious hours in creation until set free to occupy their own state of being.
We caught up with Gemma Weston, Perth Festival Visual Arts Program Associate who describes a 2021 program rich in local content and broadened gallery participation. The Program interprets both the Festival theme of Bilya, or river, with its multiple meanings of past, present and tributary influence and connections, as well as responding to our times.
As Exhibition Manager/Curator at the Holmes à Court Gallery, Laetitia Wilson provides inside knowledge of its Festival show, Reflection / Submersion. Audiences can expect to be immersed in watery reflection in a diverse range of media encompassing new works by invited artists and works from the Janet Holmes à Court Collection.
Lastly, Annette Peterson joins the Artist’s Chronicle to cover Alluvial Gold by Erin Coates at Goolugatup Heathcote Gallery, the result of fascinating research into the site through an annual invitation TILT program. A curtain of oyster shells, dolphin bone forms fashioned into musical instruments and film of the murky depths of the river merge to form a single, yet worrying view of the river’s ecosystem.
Lyn Di Ciero
Editor 

NEXT EDITION MARCH/APRIL 2021 DEADLINE 20 FEBRUARY 2021

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