1 Feb 2014 - 16 Mar 2014
The popular annual showcase of outstanding art by 2013 HSC students.
The Hazelhurst exhibition was strong in fresh ideas and reveals extraordinary technical skills by young artists from the Sutherland Shire and throughout NSW. A visitor to ARTEXPRESS at Hazelhurst was rewarded by seeing the sheer diversity that young people employed in depicting sophisticated ideas. Artworks ranged across a variety of media, convention and techniques, with interesting themes ranging from issues of social, cultural and spiritual significance through to aspects of personal identity and home environment.
Hazelhurst added another perspective to this exhibition with a focus on the art making process – the journey an artist takes when planning and producing an artwork, (including a few wrong turns along the way!). Such a view often reveals the artist’s intent or rationale which can be a pathway towards a greater understanding of the work. In 2014 Hazelhurst exhibited the works of 49 exceptional students, 9 of whom were local.
Sydney Technical High School student Jack Jun Huang appropriated the works of two major figures in art history, Vincent van Gogh and Salvador Dali, in his work titled The Persistence of Mania. The composition in the two paintings was manipulated to achieve a connection between the original artists’ eccentric personalities and their respective artworks.
ARTEXPRESS is a joint venture of the NSW Department of Education and Communities and the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards NSW, hosted by Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre.
Image: Jack Huang, Sydney Technical High School, The Persistence of Mania (detail), 2013, painting. .