17 Feb 2018 - 15 Apr 2018
A selection of Higher School Certificate artworks that showed students experimenting across a range of media and pushing aesthetic, thematic and formal boundaries.
The exhibition featured 44 Higher School Certificate artworks which highlighted the many concerns of young people today such as body image, unfair wages, animal welfare, the environment, poverty, consumerism and anxiety.
Hazelhurst joined with other venues across Sydney in hosting the hugely popular ARTEXPRESS, which is seen by thousands of people each year. Examples of the work, including student statements, can be found on the Teacher Resources page.
Sutherland Shire Mayor Carmelo Pesce said "each year ARTEXPRESS examines issues that young people feel are extremely important to them and the modern world. The environment is again one of the major themes in this year’s exhibition and it just goes to show how passionate our young people are about our planet."
This exhibition included a work about the Great Barrier Reef and the destruction of the coral through bleaching, a work which explored how human ego and consumerism are overpowering the beauty of our natural world and a confronting work which used plastic bags and soy sauce sushi bottles to comment on the environmental impact humans are having on our oceans.
Chevelle Donoso from Picnic Point High School in her work Humanity – What can’t be seen is coloured examined how life and industry move so fast in our contemporary world that the most vulnerable and silent creatures are forgotten and abused. Her intention was to explore and illuminate the plight of animals. While humanity expands, and our population grows, animal habitats fall short due to pollution, erosion economics and industry.
Angeline Khoury from Santa Sabina looked at society’s obsession with self-image, specifically the preoccupation with social media and the tools used to mask one’s identity in her work Hairy Antoinette and Lola Mae Nesbitt from Burwood Girls High School ,who has been influenced by the work of Bill Henson, looked at the space that marks the transition from childhood to womanhood in her work On the Cusp.
Belinda Hanrahan, Director of Hazelhurst Regional Gallery said "the exhibition has been carefully curated by the Gallery’s Kate Milner and Ingrid Dernee and this year it is as strong in ideas as ever and reveals extraordinary technical skills by young artists throughout NSW."
ARTEXPRESS exhibition was presented jointly by the NSW Department of Education and the NSW Education Standards Authority and is hosted by Hazelhurst Arts Centre.
Image caption: Selina May Brophy-Jeffres, ‘Episode 7’, Wollongong High School of the Performing Arts. Grpahic design (detail).
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