Tuesday, 7 April 2015

GUEST POST: Elizabeth Little reviews BANG: Art from the Future

Amber Hearn

Spectrum Now is the latest arts festival to be launched in Sydney. It covers areas as diverse as  music, film, books, the stage, dance, contemporary art and design.

BANG: Art from the Future is one of Spectrum Now's contemporary art offerings. And it did go off with a bang! For 3 hours only the exhibition took over Pier 2/3, a cavernous warehouse space on the edge of Sydney harbour. Curated by artist Candice Towne it featured new work by emerging artists, many of whom have recently graduated from the National Art School. These included: Georgia Saxelby, Jan Handel, Inge Berman, Emma Kirby, Joe Purtle, Lily Plasto, Martin Claydon, Chanelle Collier and Joe Wilson, Elena Tory-Henderson, Amber Hearn and Candice Towne. Despite the size of the venue, the art was never dwarfed.
Joe Wilson and Chanelle Collier
Georgia Saxelby continued her exploration of the role of ritual in modern life. Her work was based around the birthday ritual of cake, candles, party hats and the ubiquitous song. Part installation, part performance it involved spectators singing, blowing out the candles, cutting and eating slices of a giant cake.
Joe Wilson and Chanelle Collier

Joe Purtle offered a fortune telling experience that ended with the participant being gifted one of his tiny glazed ceramic bowls. Martin Claydon, Emma Kirby, Candice Towne and Jan Handel all explored and played with both the material limits and more traditional concepts of of painting and drawing.

In such a large space it was not surprising that installations were prominent. Amber Hearn, Lily Plasto, Elena Tory,  Chantelle Collier and Joe Wilson Henderson all had large 3 dimensional works which made an immediate impact and yet also rewarded extended viewing. In contrast Inge Berman's tiny worlds on plinths were made from combining found rocks with small ceramic pieces. In many instances these tiny worlds looked like they were emerging from the rocks that supported them.
Jan Handel

Jan Handel

My only disappointment regarding the show was that it was on for such a short time. More people deserved to see such an interesting show of technically and conceptually strong work.
Emma Kirby

Inge Berman

Amber Hearn

Martin Claydon

Elena Tory Henderson

Candice Towne

Candice Towne


Elizabeth Little has a B. Art Theory (Hons)and M Art Admin, COFA UNSW. She lives and works in Sydney.

All images supplied by the writer.
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