The ANU Art School Gallery is currently hosting a collection of works curated from the school of arts own alumni.
The exhibition is called but mostly air and has been curated by Jason Smith.
“The title came to me when I was sifting through the many artists that had been shortlisted for this exhibition,” he said.
“I was looking for a unifying thread. I kept thinking about air and lightness, and my own experience of Canberra.”
Smith was a student at the School of Art in the 1980s and part of his Canberra experience was being taught by Rosalie Gascoigne, a huge presence in the Canberra art scene at the time, and the first female artist to represent Australia at the Venice Biennale (1982).
“She made a work in the mid-1990s called ‘but mostly air’, and I thought this exhibition would be not only a homage to her but also to the way in which she taught us to see the Canberra landscape – the air and lightness of touch.”
The artists exhibiting in but mostly air:
Ken & Julia Yonetani – Ceramics
Blanche Tilden – Glass and Gold and Silversmithing
Cinnamon Lee – Gold and Silversmithing
Lan Nguyen-hoan – Gold and Silversmithing
Kirstie Rea – Glass
April Surgent – Glass
Noel Skrzypczak – Painting
Waratah Lahy – Painting
Lee Grant – Photography
Marion Drew – Photography
Richard Blackwell – Printmedia and Drawing
Wendy Teakel – Sculpture
Amy Kerr-Menz – Textiles
Ola Robertson – Textiles
Alex Kosmas – Sculpture
Stephanie Radok – Printmedia and Drawing
David Jensz – Sculpture
Henry Pilcher – Furniture
Jon Goulder – Furniture