Friday, 16 November 2012

Swiss Art Expo 2012

Hugo Kretz
Every year the Swiss Australian Cultural Association presents an exhibition at the Bondi Pavilion Art Gallery that contains work by members of the Swiss Australian Community. My interest in this exhibition steams from the fact that my uncle is Swiss and my cousin, Hugo Kretz, was exhibiting. 

The standard of work was quite high, with impressive pieces by Michele Heibel, Ulric Steiner and Marlyse Carroll. It was nice to see work by Sandra Landolt who, way back in 2007, was the first artist interview I ever had published. I still love her kinetic work and the intricacy of construction. 
Sandra Landolt

Sandra Landolt
 Arguably the strongest work in the show was Michele Heibel's series of etchings. The sheer detail is astounding with the framing perfectly complimenting and accentuating each individual piece. 

Of course, it goes without saying, Hugo Kretz's beautifully designed lamp, one of a series, was fantastic - but then I am his cousin.

I admit I was pleasantly surprised by the professionalism of the show. While the space perhaps felt slightly cramped and some of the wire hung works had some ends showing and weren't entirely straight (my time as a Gallery Manager rearing it's ugly head) all in all it was a well presented, diverse group of artists.
   
Michele Heibel

Michele Heibel

Michele Heibel

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