Melbourne Exhibition Review: Kate Daw – Love, Work (Show Me Grace)

Kate Daw: Love, Work (Show Me Grace)
at Sarah Scout Presents, Melbourne

Elizabeth Fritz

Kate Daw’s exhibition, Love, Work (Show Me Grace) is her third solo exhibition at Sarah Scout Presents.

As I entered the gallery’s hallway, I was surrounded by pale lilac wallpaper with a floral motif. This is Daw’s installation that has been described as ambitious. It felt intimate and inviting and made quite an impact but on closer inspection it started to reveal a whole lot more.

I started noticing uneven edges and fraying, this wallpaper is in fact pieces of dyed calico that have been pasted to the wall. The origin of the floral images is twofold; the gardenias are photographs straight from Daw’s garden and her student created the linear flower drawing. These two images have been printed onto fabric to create a visually rich and somewhat feminine feel. The textural effect works well. “Striking” commented a man as he walked into the hallway.

Image courtesy of artist and Sarah Scout Presents.
Image courtesy of artist and Sarah Scout Presents.

The remaining space is comprised of a further two rooms. The artwork in the first room was not what I expected. There are two paintings, one on canvas with the word ‘MAM’SELLE’ and the other on reclaimed blackboards comprising of light blue flowers heads. On the adjacent wall was a series of small boards, some with text and some with images. I read the texts over and over trying to get a sense of the meaning. One of the boards posed this question; “What is important in your life? “Fresh coffee and a sense of autonomy” was the response. There are in fact big questions offered up on these small boards. Such as what true happiness might be? And is there ever a point of satisfaction we arrive at? What initially appeared to be a somewhat underwhelming room was suddenly being transformed into a contemplative space. Here the viewer could be confronted with weighty topics that were based on actual conversations between Daw and a few young women.

Daw’s diverse influences continue to be evident in the second room. Floral motifs, words painted on black boards and references to sisterhood dominate.

KATE DAW Blue Flowers (when we slept in the studio you gave me some good ideas) 2015 oil paint on found blackboard 41.5 x 60.5 cm (framed) Image courtesy the artist and Sarah Scout Presents
KATE DAW Blue Flowers (when we slept in the studio you gave me some good ideas)
2015
oil paint on found blackboard
41.5 x 60.5 cm (framed)
Image courtesy the artist and Sarah Scout Presents
I am not really interested in logical links, rather how far I can stretch things both from their     original source and from one another. I am fascinated by certain books, relationships, memories and associative, sensory experience, among other things.
Kate Daw in conversation with author.

Love, Work (Show Me Grace) is a collection that showcases Daw’s interest in literature, design and reproduction but at the same time there is something jarring about how she paired the complexities of the underlying subject matter to the almost simplistic, child-like works of art. But perhaps this is precisely what makes it compelling and thought provoking.

Love, Work (Show Me Grace), until May 16
Open Wed-Sat 12pm-5pm

sarahscoutpresents.com
Suite 15, Level 1
12 Collins St. Melbourne

Students’ work from our Painting Intensive

Marco’s Painting Course in December was three days of intense energy between painters and canvas. This concentrated effort is not often exercised in our busy lives and the end results were acute, new technical skills and a finished work after only three days of painting.

The students who attended had varied painting skills; some with little knowledge at all. As you can see from the finished pieces of work below, they completed sensitive paintings with varied tone and interesting compositions. We are very happy with these pieces and proud that such detail was achieved over a short amount of time. It normally takes our students at least few weeks to complete a painting of this standard in our normal classes with two and a half contact hours per week.

We have introduced another intensive art class – drawing with Hilmi Baskurt, which runs for three days over the Labour Day weekend in March. This is a great opportunity to focus and refine drawing skills over three intensive days. You can find out more here.

Ethel, acrylic on canvas
Ethel, acrylic on canvas
Painting
Julie, acrylic on canvas

 

Elizabeth, acrylic on canvas
Elizabeth, acrylic on canvas

Summer Art Classes at MAC

Over the summer holidays many of us our leave our paintbrushes and pencils where we left them after our final art class. So we have introduced two new short courses to motivate you to continue your art practice throughout the break. These short courses are also great gifts to give at Christmas time because the gift of creativity and experience is invaluable. Be sure to request a gift certificate upon payment.

Drawing and Painting Intensive with Marco Corsini – Dec 29th, 30th and 31st

Join Marco this December for a three-day Intensive Drawing and Painting Course.

Marco Corsini, A kind of homecoming, 2014, Oil on linen, 120 cm. x 120 cm.
Marco Corsini, A kind of homecoming, 2014, Oil on linen, 120 cm. x 120 cm.

Marco will combine a series of presentations with personal tuition in drawing and painting, with an emphasis on working from observation and the development of sophisticated technique. Some of the aspects covered include composition, underpainting, representing form, space and texture, colour and its relationship to composition and form, and more.   Find out more information and enrol here

Introduction to Drawing with Hilmi Baskurt – Jan 15th to Jan 29th

This course presents a fantastic opportunity to learn the four elements of sketching with our new teacher, Hilmi Baskurt.

Hilmi Baskurt Untitled
Hilmi Baskurt Untitled

A former student of iconic British painter Frank Auerbach, Hilmi will introduce you to structural sketching, value sketching, Chiaroscuro and contour sketching. Hilmi earned a Master of Fine Art degree in painting from Royal Academy of Arts and his Masters’ thesis was on the subject of Composition. This drawing course will be extremely beneficial for beginners and artists who would like a refresher over the holidays. Find out more information and enrol here

David Palliser’s ‘send nurse’ at Chapman and Bailey

David Palliser, Triptych, at Chapman and Bailey
David Palliser’s Triptych at Chapman and Bailey

David Palliser’s exhibition ‘send nurse’, opened at Chapman and Bailey in Melbourne last night with this work being a highlight. The exhibition continues David’s exploration of gesture, tone, colour and space. They reflect David’s dedication to the subtleties of the painter’s craft and his work as a experimental musician.

With a seemingly perpetual visual play of elements, the works are anything but static. They reveal themselves slowly, reordering themselves in the viewer’s perception with any final resolution of the image, always postponed. Of particular interest to me are several works including the smaller works which seem to mark a development from David’s previous work. These have an exciting new fluidity which until now has been most evident in David’s drawings.

1 September – 8 October 2014
Gallery hours: Mon – Fri 10-5    Sat 10.30-4.30
Chapman & Bailey Artspace
350 Johnston St, Abbotsford 3067 Vic
Ph. 03 9415 8666

Marco Corsini

 

 

 

Drawing course still life, working with tone.

Still Life arrangement in Drawing Class
Still Life arrangement in Drawing Class

This is a Still Life that we have used for working with tone in our drawing course. Yes, the fruit and vegetables you see are real and have been hand painted. Taking the colour out of the Still Life allows students to accurately see tones in the subject. When lit, it is beautiful to look at and fun to draw.

Our next 6 session Drawing short course will begin on Thursday August 7th and will be tutored by Jesse Dayan. See the previous post for more about Jesse and his recent exhibition. You can find out more about the course at:

http://melbourneartclass.com/drawing/

Allende and Pinochet, Jesse Dayan

Image

MAC Drawing tutor, Jesse Dayan will be exhibiting at C3 Contemporary Art Space with Adrian and Daniel Stojkovich. The exhibition entitled, ‘Where Were You? All Things’, features reproduced images from major historical/political junctures in Latin American history. The artists are attempting to recover something from history that is only perceptible from a distance. Perhaps a narrative or an indication of the primordial conflict beneath the political?

‘Where Were You? All Things’

June 25 – July 13

Opening night Wednesday June 25th 6 – 8 pm

C3 Contemporary Art Space

1 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford VIC 3067 Open 10am – 5pm Wednesday to Sunday

Tony Irving

Tony Irving, Dutch Perspective 2014 oil on linen 92 x 122 cm
Tony Irving, Dutch Perspective 2014 oil on linen 92 x 122 cm

Tony Irving will be speaking at Enderby Studio Art Program next Tuesday.  A Melbourne-based artist, Tony’s figurative work often originates from everyday life and contains playful narrative nuances. The work demonstrates a mastery of colour and composition, borrowing from the great painting techniques of the past to create relevant work for our time. You can find out more about Tony at http://tonyirvingartist.com.

 

Floral Design short course

Minimalist Floral Design Carolyn Howells
Minimalist Floral Design by Carolyn Howells, 2013

Our next Floral Design course will be an introductory short course running over 4 x 2.5 hour sessions on Saturday afternoons. They will begin on July 19th. They are tutored by experience florist, teacher and art therapist, Carolyn Howells. For more information,  please go to: http://melbourneartclass.com/floral-design-course/

New painting course

Marco Corsini, The unforeseen, 2013, oil on linen, 60 cm. x 70 cm.
Marco Corsini, The unforeseen, 2013, oil on linen, 60 cm. x 70 cm.

With a full Studio Art Program during recent terms, we have decided to start a new program which is similar in format but with a focus on painting. Our new painting program will be coordinated and tutored by Marco Corsini and will run on Saturday mornings.

For more information regarding the program, please follow this link.

http://melbourneartclass.com/painting/