Home & Hosed
17 May 2013 - 30 Jun 2013
An exhibition of new work by emerging and mid-career artists with ties to the Sutherland Shire and St George area.
Home & Hosed showcased a wide range of artistic influences, approaches to art making and conceptual concerns and included painting, photography, installation and drawing.
Cross-disciplinary artists John A. Douglas and Gemma Messih both used the natural environment as a device to explore two very different ideas; Douglas poetically capturing the daily ordeal of his dialysis treatment and Messih recreating wind patterns through the use of timed pedestal fans. Prolific painter Marc Etherington and celebrated ceramicist Lynda Draper share not only a close friendship, but also a mutual love for outsider art. Draper’s new work, shown for the first time at Hazelhurst, captures this influence. Her series of ceramic works are a response to several domestic souvenirs collected during her adolescence growing up in the Sutherland Shire. Etherington’s work focuses on his surroundings and frequently references popular culture – rap music, reality TV stars and junk food – which is evident throughout his irreverent paintings. By contrast, Engadine artist Nicole Kelly’s sublime sketches in pencil and charcoal are reminiscent of the work of European old masters, with a strong focus on the figure.
Artist Christopher Dolman draws on the history of geometric abstraction, pop and Dada in his practice which engages printmaking, painting, sculpture and video. His work explored the dichotomy of sport vs. art, and the inherent nature of failure found in both.
Larger-than-life painter, designer and performance artist Anto Christ incorporated crochet in psychedelic sculptures that are environmental forms and are all wearable. The viewer could walk around the crochet reef and wear pretty much anything that was on display.
Bundeena based jeweller turned installation artist Sieglinde Karl-Spence has spent many years abroad, experiencing different cultures and discovering new cities. Her work is primarily concerned with a reverence for and an honouring of the land. Her gallery installation Healing Mandala is a reflection of nature, psychological states of mind and cycles of existence and is made from predominantly natural materials. Karl-Spence views the natural world as a site for healing and solace as well as spiritual renewal.
Home & Hosed showcased some of Australia’s most vibrant and dynamic contemporary artists who have, at one point or another, called the Sutherland Shire and St George district home.
Image: Christopher Dolman, jumprint (detail), 2012, digital video.