The Student's Gallery of The University of Newcastle
Watt Space is a contemporary art space in the CBD area of Newcastle that exhibits the work of current students of the University of Newcastle. The role of the gallery is to provide students with diverse opportunities in exhibiting, curating and gallery management. Watt Space was established in 1989 and is funded by UoN Services Limited and supported by the School of Drama, Fine Art and Music.
Gallery Staff for 2013:
Penny Finnigan Curator
30 JANUARY – 17 FEBRUARY 2013
Roxburgh examines the alchemy of painting through the domesticity of the home studio. She has painted on a variety of surfaces and explored dimension, moving away from traditional, flat surfaces. The works explore the idea that memory of home and childhood can be captured and re-experienced in colour and light. Like Margo Lewers, Roxburgh really enjoys colour!
Once More With Feeling
A solo photographic exhibition by Shana Dennis
Rather than her usual ‘dressing people into characters with costumes and make up’, for this exhibition Dennis decided to go in a different direction with a new series Once More With Feeling. The body of work is a photographic expression of different emotions and ideas explored through a series of self-portraits, using long exposures and colour.
Kate Burton’s first ever solo show explores and identifies art forms and patterns within nature itself through several different projects all put together in one exhibition.
The first project involves ceramic works in the style of creatures of the sea. Some of these creatures have electrical wires coming out of them, a statement of the fragility of coral reefs against environmental dangers such as global warming, genetic engineering and non-renewable energy being sourced in marine parks such as the Great Barrier Reef.
The second project is called 50 Shades of Collage, where Burton shows 50 small-scale collages sourced from old National Geographic magazines and picture books about nature and geography. This project explores arts forms of nature alongside juxtaposition, surrealism, abstraction and absurdum. The exhibition also includes other works of Burton’s favourite subjects such as anatomy, natural history illustration and Dada and Surrealism.
Avoid Black: Textile Art Exhibition
Growing up on the Mid North Coast, Michaela Swan has always been inspired by her family, her surroundings and everything colourful or textured. Avoid Black expresses Swan’s love of textiles, by contrasting the texture and visual effect of her solvy handmade fabric against digital reproductions printed on fabric. Each work is loud, vibrant and excludes black from the design in order to gain the full impact of the colours.
Paper and Stone
This series of lithographs refers back to pre-industrial origins of the Newcastle suburb of Mayfield. Remembered as a rural landscape, bordered by bush to the West, steep gullies, creeks and river flats to the East, and close to water. I visualize this replaced topography just below the hard surface of bitumen, concrete and slag. Movements of water and wind historically deposited and shifted more malleable natural materials. Evidence of these land forming processes are perhaps reflected in the contours and cracks, and the shifting and heaving of our own temporarily imposed strata’s and surfaces.
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slideshow images L-R : 1. gallery entrance 2. Gany Erlano Untitled (panorama of Loading Dock, opening night 15 September 2011) 3. Rachael Ireland Outside the Interior (detail) 4. Kathleen Mackay Overpassing By.
Watt Space is funded by the UoN Services Limited and supported by the School of Drama, Fine Art and Music at the University of Newcastle. All associated images and information copyright © the artists, Watt Space & the University of Newcastle, Australia. Building images © Roger Hanley