Smoke & Mirrors - Simon Maberley
Held at a time when the growing effects of economic crisis are intersecting with an urgent ecological crisis, this exhibition offers the opportunity to rethink the relationship between social constructs and the environment. Based on the south coast of New South Wales, artist Simon Maberley investigates contrasting themes such as technology and climate, industry and nature and human and animal. His highly narrative artworks critique the way contemporary culture engages and deals with challenges.
In early 2020 much of the New South Wales coastline was devastated by bushfires. Living through this catastrophic series of events was unforgettable for most people who experienced it. In response, Maberley has produced a body of work which attempts to convey the effects on land and community. He is asking us to reflect on the feelings we experience after such dramatic events and to remember that from the loss comes renewal.
This thought-provoking work takes the form of super-sized, highly polished coins, although the monetary value has been removed. This changes our focus away from economics to the beauty and resilience of the animals who remain. These works ask us to think about the things that matter and how we as individuals can help to make positive change. The viewer is invited to experiences each work. No longer a flat empty surface, they become a vessel that contains our entire immediate world, giving back a distinct image of ourselves within this new world.
07 October to 17 November
Something in the Air - Marie Hagerty & Peter Vandermark
As part of contour 556, Canberra Glassworks are exhibiting Something in the Air by Marie Hagerty and Peter Vandermark in the Glassworks foyer. Hagerty is primarily a painter and Vandermark a sculptor and both have established practices here in Canberra. This amusing response to COVID-19 – if there can be such a thing – consists of a series of suspended mobiles that move with the flow of the air. Unlike a solid sculpture these artworks are constantly redefining the space around them as they move, the slightest current of air allowing for a natural shifting play of forms and spatial relationships.
As the sculptor and inventor of the mobile, Alexander Calder said “To most people who look at a mobile, it’s no more than a series of flat objects that move. To a few, though, it may be poetry.”
What Hegarty and Vandermark have created is a poetic vision of simple forms and the complimentary forces of stability and movement – an unpretentious enjoyment of colour, shape and movement.
Presented by contour 556 running from 9 – 31 October 2020
07 October to 17 November