Fourplay 2014= Freya Jobbins, Annie Bounpraseuth, Rosie Deacon, Lorna Grear

JFourplay- The artful play of making, building and colourising. These four artists play with materials to create delightfully seductive art objects. Anney Bounpraseuth reuses popular culture to tease us with exquisite images, Lorna Grear recycles domestic and commercial materials to make work grounded in an intuitive and material process; Freya Jobbin’s wonderfully crafted sculptures seduce you with irony and humour. Lastly Rosie Deacon constructs spirited installations which will surprise you with a physical, textural focus.
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The Baker’s Dozen at UTS Gallery

The Baker’s Dozen 6 March – 5 April
Opening Tuesday 6 March 6-8pm

The Baker’s Dozen celebrates new directions in geometric abstraction and spatial relationships by some of Australia‘s most dynamic artists. Through confident and colourful works, considerations of movements such as Neo Geo and Formalism give way to underlying intuitive processes and the pleasure of artmaking.

Drawing on the domestic vernacular for the arrangement of the works, curator Lorna Grear has created an inviting space for exploring the “ideas of social, political and cultural exchange embedded within the works.”

Featuring painting, collage, sculpture and installation by 12 established and emerging artists (with one more thrown in for good measure) The Baker’s Dozen includes work by Vivienne Binns, Bonita Bub, Debra Dawes, Lynne Eastaway, Lesley Giovanelli, Elizabeth Gower, Lorna Grear, Lisa Jones, Elizabeth Pulie, Nike Savvas, Gemma Smith, Kerry Smith and Samantha Whittingham.

http://www.utsgallery.uts.edu.au/gallery/upcoming/thebakersdozen.html

Stacked Blurb

LORNA GREAR            STACKED              2011      

Stacked, packed to the rafters, jammed full of stuff. In Lorna Grear’s new body of work surprising effects happen from the stacked paintings. Recycled, found plywood is used as grounds; painted and stacked to cause deeper spaces. Shadows move within the works. Meaning is inherent. Silhouettes are painted on tourist stencil templates of Australian fauna; possums, platypus and kangaroos.  Once discarded, used now. The piles of plywood make the issue of space real: 3D. The viewer can travel into them.

Along side the discarded templates, left over packaging is also used. A shout to Rauschenberg; and a nod to the readymade; these cardboard boxes and plastic wraps have been used as canvas for paintings. They are displayed as a smorgasbord of miscellaneous ideas.

Colour too, is celebrated and falls easily into place. Sometimes the colour comes from an old T- Shirt design, other times it belongs to midnight; mostly it is intuitive and based on rhythms. The personal is hidden in the choice of colour.

As much as the work references Australian art history the idea remains abstract. Within this abstraction are contradictions of dualities. Baroque but minimal; formal yet easy; geometric and at the same time organic. It is no longer Formalist, no longer Hard Edge; it has Op Art references, even a Modernist theme. It could be old and new.

Lorna has held numerous solo shows including at the infamous Tailor Room Gallery, Sydney 1998 – 2003 and Peloton in 2005 and 2009. Other galleries include, Imperial slacks, Herringbone, SNO, Phatspace, Zitlip, Firstdraft and Mop Projects. Her work has been hung in the Portia Geach Memorial Prize, Fishers Ghost Art Award, Mosman Art Prize and the Liverpool Art Prize. Before this her time was spent in London initiating community arts groups, namely The Dolehouse Collective and Scarecrow Tiggy-  an artist run co-operative in Camberwell, London. She is a graduate of both Sydney College of the Arts and The National Art School. Lorna currently teaches art history and painting at South Western Sydney Institute of TAFE and is in the middle of curating an exhibition titled ‘The Baker’s Dozen’ for UTS Gallery in 2012.

-STACKED @ Peloton runs 24 November – 17 December 2011

Peloton Gallery 25 Meagher Street Chippendale, Sydney NSW 2008

Gallery hours: Thursday to Saturday 1-5pm

Rainbow Warrior, stacked plywood, oil, 60 cm 85 cm 2011

      

 

 

Brolgas in Black and White, stacked plywood, oil, 60 cm x 85 cm 2011

 

 

Gerard’s Traveller no.1, stacked plywood, oil , 60 cm x 80 cm, 2011

Lorna is a visual artist pre- occupied by unusual illusions to space. Originally a landscape painter Lorna’s current work deals with ideas of place seen through pattern and colour. It would be to over simplify the ideas in Lorna’s work to discuss in terms of space and colour alone. Woven into the abstraction are years of personal iconography and experience. Sometimes the works reflect direct influences of Op art; namely Bridget Riley and at other times Hard Edge and Neo Pop is allured to. The influences are vast and varied.

Recently Lorna’s work uses references to Australian art history; placing iconic figures amongst her heavily patterned colour scapes. They are a palimpsest of art upon art.  In Dippity Beach Pattern, Charles Meere’s lady from Australian Beach Pattern is repeated within the painting.

Dippity Beach Pattern, oil on board, 2011

In another painting, Gruner’s Spring Rainbow, Elioth Gruner’s wonderful Spring Frost is copied into the patterned landscape.   Beside this sits George Raper’s Waratah.

As well as painting Lorna works with found objects such as recycled packaging, left over stencils from mass produced goods and plastic coverings. These are transformed into 3 dimensional painted works and often hold personal significance to the artist

The Pioneer, cloth, wood ply, paper collage, 2011, 20 cm x 30 cm
 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gruner’s Collage, paper collage, 21 cm x 28 cm , 2011

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guerard’s Traveller Meets Guess Who, collage, 15 cm x 20 cm , 2011

 

 

 

 

 

Beach Pattern in Black and White, paper collage, 25 cm x 30 cm, 2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Black and White Over Breakaway, paper collage, 2011
Blue Over, paper collage, 21 cm x 28 cm 2011
Spinning Tops over Guerard’s Traveller, paper collage, 15 cm x 20 cm , 2011

Homefront 2010 Sheffer Gallery Sydney

 

HOMEFRONT

SATURDAY 16 OCTOBER 4 – 6PM. 2010

Mariela Brozky

Lorna Grear

Lee Frost

Bridget Ralph

Samantha Whittingham

Reiko Azuma

Elinor Pickard

Curated by Lorna Grear

Homefront aims to blur distinctions between traditional notions of high art and craft, women’s work and the art hero; showcasing the often overlooked art objects which fill our rooms

Exhibition  13 Oct – 23 Oct 2010

Sheffer Gallery

38 Lander St Darlington

Sydney NSW.Ph 93105683

http://sheffergallery.com/exhibitions/Homefront1/index.html

www.sheffergallery.com

Stacked Exhibition @ Peloton 24 November 2011/ 6pm opening

Rainbow Warrior, oil and acrylic on ply, 2011, 56 cm x 70 cm

Painted ply

LORNA GREAR

STACKED                                      2011

Stacked, packed to the rafters, jammed full of stuff. In Lorna Grear’s new body of work surprising effects happen from the stacked paintings. Recycled plywood is used as grounds; painted and stacked to cause deeper spaces. Shadows move within the works. Meaning is inherent. Silhouettes are painted on tourist stencil templates of Australian fauna; possums, platypus and kangaroos.  Once discarded, used now. The piles of plywood make the issue of space real: 3D. The viewer can travel into them.

Other stuff happens; heroic symbols meet Australiana. Hidden images are there, gallant heroes of a past era. The painting Gruner’s Spring Rainbow uses Elioth Gruner’s image, Spring Frost to re-visit a forgotten landscape. George Raper’s Waratah has also been referenced. There are others; Meere’s fabulous woman in his Beach Pattern, re- envisaged in, Purple Play. Von Guerard’s cloaked man in Northeast View from the Top of Mount Kosciusko is referenced in Guerard’s Traveller. In another, Brolgas from Spirit of the Plains move their way across stencil outlines and Rainbow Warrior brings Gruner’s cow into the pattern. In a playful and intuitive process ideas of place and identity are revealed.

Along side the discarded templates, left over packaging is also used. A shout to Rauschenberg, these cardboard boxes and plastic wraps have been used as canvas for paintings. They are displayed as a smorgasbord of miscellaneous ideas.

Colour too, is celebrated and falls easily into place. Sometimes the colour comes from an old T- Shirt design, other times it belongs to midnight; mostly it is intuitive and based on rhythms. The personal is hidden in the choice of colour.

 

As much as the work references Australian art history the idea remains abstract. Within this abstraction are contradictions of dualities. Baroque but minimal; formal yet easy; geometric and at the same time organic. It is no longer Formalist, no longer Hard Edge; it has Op Art references, even a Modernist theme. It could be old and new.

Lorna has held numerous solo shows including the Tailor Room Gallery,Sydneybetween 1998 – 2003 and Peloton in 2005 and 2009. She is a graduate of bothSydneyCollegeof the Arts and The National Art School. Lorna currently teaches art history and painting at South Western Sydney Institute of TAFE and is in the middle of curating an exhibition titled ‘The Baker’s Dozen’ for UTS Gallery in 2012.

-STACKED @ Peloton runs 24 November – 17 December 2011

Peloton Gallery 25 Meagher Street Chippendale,Sydney NSW 2008

Gallery hours: Thursday to Saturday 1-5pm

Catch @ Peloton 2009

Lorna Grear  Artist statement Catch, February 2009

Lorna Grear’s exhibition at Peloton is an eclectic collection of work. Titles such as Puzzle pictures, New World Order Maps, Mac Pacs and History paintings are on display together held under the theme of CATCH; alluring to a game of tag.

Her Puzzle pictures utilize children’s toys as solutions to problems of form and space. These works on paper use the shape of the play object as the next layer in the pattern of abstraction. Underlying layers reference, the grid, geometric abstraction, text and a found circle. The solution of these puzzle paintings is to find a point at which these various forms interplay and connect.

The New World Order Maps reclaim the cliché title, making reference to world maps, abstract thought and visual conundrums. Small in size these complex paintings blend the irrational with logic, structure with openness. Colour is the lynchpin which holds the works together.

  • Automated Cutouts, Paint on MDF. 30 cm x 18 cm, 2009

The ‘Mac Pacs’ and ‘Automated cutouts’ are a nod to the readymade. Paraphernalia is gathered from Mac Books, cardboard packaging and discarded stencils from 3D assembly toys. Lorna makes aesthetic objects out of stuff we usually throw away keeping in mind art histories such as minimalism and constructivism. In this series re-occurring ideas are played out. The packaging has become an aesthetic material used as the basis for the image. The discarded stencil is painted and becomes the layer in a relief work.

Mac Pac 1, cardboard, paint and sponge, 2009

The bigger paintings surmise all this into singular images. These paintings reference iconic 18th century paintings re fashioned into flag like images. In ‘Swirling Bungaree’ the silhouette of the Aboriginal tracker named Bungaree is used as a heroic symbol of a ‘welcoming native’, repositioned in an op art mandala. In another painting, ‘Liberty and Gavroche’; Delacroix’s leading lady appears in transparent red. Her silhouette is positioned as a rambling pattern climbing to the top of the picture plane.

Liberty and Gavroche, oil on canvas, 110 x 90 cm

These paintings tease out ideas of world change through revolution and discovery. They offer a contradictory image; on one hand an objective political understanding of power and on the other; a spiritual independence from rationality.

However disperse this collection seems, there is a strong connection between the works. An indefinable space is repeated, a purely visual space where the foreground tries to weave itself behind the picture plane. The space within these works strengthens the paradox between creating an illusion of a figurative 3-dimensional space and the plastic formal space of flatness.

 Lorna states that the illusion of 3 dimensions isn’t what interests her.

 ‘It is much more interesting to complicate the equation and make flatness more compelling. Whilst creating an image I try to add more and more to the structure whilst all the time allowing each layer to have its position in the foreground.’

 …The overall interplay between the various and often opposing elements is integral to the painting.

Each layer builds upon a personal iconography. The grid references academia, the found circle- movement and letters being the language in a child’s life. The latest works collect ideas from art history, flirting with notions of liberty and revolution.

 New World Order Maps, acrylic on wood panel, 20 x 24 cm, 2009

Lorna’s work has expanded to include a range of influences; these influences traverse time, place and concept. To borrow Nicolas Bourriaud’s words,
‘Artists are responding to a new globalised perception. They traverse a cultural landscape saturated with signs and create new pathways between multiple formats of expression and communication.’[1]

Bourriaud calls it an altermodern culture, ‘a new modernity is emerging, reconfigured to an age of globalisation – understood in its economic, political and cultural aspects: an altermodern culture’[2].

Initially seen as disparate, these works relate through a complex understanding of narratives. The discarded object, child’s play, ideas of liberty and the use of the found image build an image of a globalised state of culture.  The debris from society, the forgotten images from art history and the use of amusement objects are used in paintings to construct convoluted spaces and intricate patterns; they invoke a multiplicity of meaning. Lorna’s work is as much a metaphor for our collective contemporary psyche as they are journeys in a compelling and complex space.

Lorna Grear

Catch

Peloton

Opens Thursday 26 Feb

February 26th– March 22nd 2009

19 & 25 Meagher St, Chippendale Sydney 2008

www.peloton,net.au

Stencil works

 

From Catch 2 Peloton 2009

Catch @ Peloton 2009

Mac Pac for Catch @ Peloton 2009

 

 

 

Installation Catch @ Peloton 2009
Photography by ArtDoc 2009

 

 

 

Liberty in Pattern
Liberty in Pattern

 

 

 

Swirling Bungaree
Swirling Bungaree, oil on canvas, 2009