OBSESSED: Compelled to make
ADC On Tour: An Australian Design Centre national touring exhibition
22 February - 19 May
FIELD Engineers Gallery, Artspace Mackay, Opening 6pm Friday 22 February.
This Australian Design Centre touring exhibition explores the preoccupations that drive the creative process, moving beyond the finished work, to tell the hidden stories of making, uncovering the artists ’inspirations, day-to-day studio experiences, hours of expertise, and the joys and frustrations of obsession. These makers have been chosen from across the spectrum of making – textiles, ceramics, furniture, metalwork, jewellery, conceptual art, glass blowing and sculptural weaving. Obsessed features Gabriella Bisetto, Lorraine Connelly-Northey, Honor Freeman, Jon Goulder, Kath Inglis, Laura McCusker, Elliat Rich and James B Young (Elbowrkshp), Kate Rohde, Oliver Smith, Vipoo Srivilasa, Tjunkaya Tapaya, Louise Weaver and Liz Williamson.
Directors floor talk: 5.30 pm, Friday 22 Feb, FIELD Engineers Gallery, Artspace Mackay
This is an Auslan Interpreted event
IMAGE: Gabriella Bisetto, 2017. Photograph by Angus Lee Forbes.
BUFF DISS: The Wall
16 April - 14 August
The Foyer, Artspace Mackay
An Artspace Mackay initiative, The Wall is an Artist in Residence exhibition program that offers Australian artists an opportunity to create an artwork directly onto the wall within the gallery.
Melbourne-based street artist Buff Diss is best known for his utilisation of tape to create large scale murals. He identifies with a ‘graffiti mentality’ aiming for each of his works to respond directly
to the environment they are created within. During his residency, Buff Diss will use mappings of Mackay and the surrounding areas to form a graphic narrative in mural form on The Wall at Artspace Mackay.
IMAGE: Buff DISS Wilson ranges 2018, acrylic. Photograph Dean Sunshine.
TAKE ROOT (COLONY): Project Another Country
Artists' Residency: 24 – 29 March (various locations throughout Mackay)
School Holiday Family Drop-In Activity: 6 – 21 April (Workshop Room, Artspace Mackay)
Installation Drop-In Activity: 14 June – 14 August (FIELD Engineers Gallery, Artspace Mackay)
In 2019, internationally-renowned artists Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan will visit Mackay to facilitate community art workshops and devise a participative, drop-in art activity as part of their new work Take root (Colony): Project Another Country. Alfredo and Isabel emigrated from the Philippines to Australia in 2006. Over many years they have created complex installations, working with communities around the world to create works that explore narratives of displacement, change, memory and community. These large-scale installations often reflect their own migratory experiences. Visitors to the gallery will be able to make their own cardboard houses to be added to the installation by participating in Easter school holiday drop-in art activities and/or drop-in
activities hosted in the FIELD Engineers Gallery during the exhibition. This community art project is supported by Glencore’s Hail Creek Mine Community Development Fund and the Artspace
IMAGE: Alfredo and Isabel AQUILIZAN, Halo artist-in-residence program, Mosman Art Gallery, 2017.
ROBERT MACPHERSON: Boss Drovers
04 May - 07 July
Gallery Three, Artspace Mackay
This is a QAGOMA touring installation of 200 drawings made by Robert MacPherson over two decades in the guise of his alter ego, Robert Pene, a Year 4 student at St Joseph’s Convent in Nambour, Queensland.
IMAGE: Robert MACPHERSON 1000 FROG POEMS: 1000 BOSS DROVERS ("YELLOW LEAF FALLING") FOR H.S. no. 1903, 1996 – 2014, graphite, ink and stain on paper, purchased 2014 with funds from the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art Foundation, Paul and Susan Taylor, and Donald and Christine McDonald / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery.
KIT WEBSTER: Phaseshift
12 July - 13 October
Drawing upon ideas of perception and consciousness, the kinetic work Phaseshift explores the parallels between environments, both digital and physical. Bringing together ideas of time and space,
the constant rhythmic pulse of form, the pendulum and projection collide and interact inciting a hypnotic meditative experience for the viewer.
IMAGE: Kit WEBSTER Phaseshift 2016, mechanical pendulum, electromagnetic motor, light projection. Pictured at Loop Alternative Space, Seoul, South Korea. Electrical and mechanical engineering by Brendan CAMPBELL. Image courtesy the artist.