IN NATURE: SUMMER EXHIBITION

After two years spending most of our time indoors, Gallery Sally Dan-Cuthbert is pleased to present a curated group show titled In Nature.

 

In Nature features painting, photography, sculpture and design from which our cross disciplinary artists explore a diverse narrative based in the Australian and New Zealand landscape. 

 

Lisa Reihana addresses objective and subjective reality and navigates conversations around diversity and identity through her photographs from in Pursuit of Venus. 

 

Sarah Rayner and Sophie Carnell create intricate, ceramic and sterling silver, wall based sculpture engaging with the life cycles of native plants and flowers. 

 

Fernando do Campo documents a year of daily bird sightings through painting which represent a symbiotic relationship of otherness through the lens of nature. Do Campo’s work is less about the birds themselves and more about living alongside them, and the complications and histories that that carries.

 

David Tate’s almost obsession with Australian fauna is explored this time, through timber, with his witty Skip stool. 

 

Ivana Taylor weaves new meaning into sculpture with her investigation of the garden arch. Charged with personal and universal meaning, Taylor’s sculpture engages the audience with their architectural forms and colours, drawing the viewer in to reframe their perception of themselves and the world around them. 

 

Izabela Pluta’s photograph from An over air pursuit of likeness blends visual and textural sources to determine the weather and cloud patterns which occurred on the day she and her family left Poland for Australia. Pluta’s practice is based on her interest in impermanence, belonging, the flows of migration and her personal narrative in relation to place.

 

Abdullah M. I. Syed painstakingly mends prints of leaves taken from his mother's money plants, repairing each one with 24-carat gold leaf and a collage of banknotes. Through this process, Syed is honouring the love and dedication his mother showed for her sons.

 

Trent Jansen and Johnny Nargoodah ‘s Ngumu Janka Warnti (All Made from Rubbish) High Back Chair comments on human pollution, the rubbish dumped in the landscape andthe importance of repurposing. Their work represents the particular importance of cross cultural collaboration through deeply considered functional sculpture. 

 

Olive Gill-Hille re-engages and shows her deep relationship with the Western Australian landscape through exquisitely carved, sanded and tactile Untitled sculptures. Gill-Hille’s sculpture references the important relationships between objects, bodies and their environment. 

 

Edward Waring pays homage to his New Zealand upbringing through coloured Memory Sticks. His brightly coloured glass sculpture references the random bursts of architectural colour found amongst what he recalls as an otherwise grey and blustery seaside town.

 

Tarryn Gill takes us outdoors with her humorous humanoid cats. Portraiture meets soft sculpture in its finest form, and makes us reconsider our preconceived ideas of what portraiture is.

 

Guy Keulemans and Kyoko Hashimoto recreate a miniature Japanese garden perched above an exquisitely carved plinth which makes the viewer consider the landscape and what lies above and beneath.

 

Nature has been a constant source and deep fascination for Angela Valamanesh. Often focusing on the similarities between plants and animals, she creates unique and impactful work which are familiar, yet not completely recognisable. Through ceramic sculpture, Valamanesh brings attention to our fragile environment.