Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Goulburn Regional Art Gallery

Last Thursday I finally got to visit my local regional gallery. I had been to Goulburn a couple of times before but the timing was never right.
The Goulburn Regional Art Gallery is a fabulous space which exudes energy and passion for regional and contemporary art.
Sculptured Recyclables in the Caroline Chisholm Courtyard showed the work of Dave Ball, Karen Edin, Catherine Falk, Steven Holland, Tracy Luff, Andrew Townsend and Suzie Bleach, all local artists. Here in this courtyard in Goulburn is an exhibition which could easily be in any of the sculpture gardens of the worlds major art museums. All the works were conceptually powerful and beautifully crafted.

Grey Blanket,(detail), Steven Holland, 2010, installation shopping bags and metal frames.

A Subterfuge, Andrew Townsend and Suzie Bleach, 2009.

Inside the gallery I caught the last day of three exhibitions.
Strange Semantics featured the work of Walter Brecely, 3D winner of the 2008 Goulburn Art Award and Hyper Vigilance, the work of Maxine Green the winner of the 2D Award.
The rest of the Gallery was given over to Skeletons in the Collection, the annual exhibition of works from the permanent collection. The gallery must have a really good collection as this beautifully curated exhibition included works by Tony Ameniero, Ben Quilty and Willow Pattern, 2004, by Steven Holland. I love Steve Holland's work and can't wait to see more.


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Peter Pascal said...

I went to a contemporary art fair in Shanghai recently, which was a real eye-opener. Chinese contemporary art
has come leaps and bounds from the watery Zen landscapes to huge canvases of strange-looking beings. The
prices being asked and paid were huge too.
Oriental, if not Chinese, my print of Jean-Léon Gérôme's painting, http://en.wahooart.com/A55A04/w.nsf/OPRA/BRUE-8BWS6R,
bought some time ago from wahooart.com, is as lovely as ever.