Let all the birds fly: the hybrid print. An exhibition of eleven interstate artists whose work is print based but who have challenged and expanded our understanding of the print in a contemporary context. Printmaking is like a language that continually reinvents itself with artists investigating new meanings through materiality and making.
Questioning long-held traditions of printmaking, guest curators and artists Therese Kenyon and Patricia Wilson-Adams invited nine artists to join them in the exhibition Let all the birds fly: the hybrid print. Here the artists explore the very nature of printmaking and seek to push the boundaries of the medium and fly free from conventions.
Alison Alder (ACT), Jan Davis (NSW), Jan Hogan (Tas), Therese Kenyon (NSW) Ben Rak (NSW), Olga Sankey (SA), Heather Shimmen (Vic), Glen Skien (Qld), Patricia Wilson Adams (NSW), Sandra Winkworth (NSW), Linda Swinfield (NSW)
WHERE: Maitland Regional Art Gallery, 230 High St Maitland, NSW 2320.
mrag.org.au 02 4934 9859
Open Tues – Sunday 10am-5pm.
WHEN: Open from 8 February – 4 May 2020. Launch of Autumn Program 29 Feb. 3pm.
Passed Failures is an attempt to develop a conceptual, visual language, which metaphorically explores the identity politics of otherness and the act of “passing” as somebody else.
Aura: Repetition, Reproduction, and the Mark of the Artist is a curatorial project I have been working on for the past year. The exhibition opens on Friday, July 21st at 6pm at Manly Art Gallery & Museum.
An exhibition of ten Australian artists, who use the perceived shortcomings of printmaking, to confound the viewer’s expectations of the medium and re-ignite the aura of the mechanically reproduced artwork. See wall-based prints, installations, sculpture and video from Alison Alder, Anna Kristensen, Ben Rak, Erica Seccombe, Gary Carsley, Judy Watson, Michael Kempson, Milan Milojevic, Samuel Tupou and Tony Curran.
Exhibition catalogue availble with essays by Ben Rak, Glenn Barkley & Tim Gregory
Fri 21 July 2017, 6 – 8pm
Manly Art Gallery & Museum
14 July – 3 Sep 2017
Sun 30 July, 3 – 4:30pm
Tina Barahanos has won the Wyndham Art Prize with her Print ‘Commuters’.
Ben Rak and Laura Stark are finalists in the Hazelhurst Art on Paper Award.
Image from Bronwyn Rees’ “Country”, acquired during Manly Library Artists’ Book Award 2015.
Any artists’ book created within the past two years is eligible for entry to the Manly Library Artists’ Book Award 2017.
The award is acquisitive. Works will be selected and judged by Ben Rak and Dr Michael Hedger.
Ben Rak is an artist and independent curator holding a BFA in printmaking and a MFA from the UNSW Art & Design. He is co-founder and director of Throwdown Press, lectures at the University of New South Wales Art & Design, and whose work explores the relationships between cultural symbols and consumer culture.
Dr Michael Hedger is the Director Manly Art Gallery and Museum. Dr Hedger has long been an arts advocate, with previous incarnations as Director of the Campbelltown Arts Centre, Education Officer at the Newcastle Region Art and, art critic for The Newcastle Herald. He has a PhD from the UNSW Art & Design with a thesis on Land Art in the United States.
More information here.
Opening Friday 28th October until December 4th.
Artists talk Sunday November 6th at 3pm.
This new body of work draws together processes and ideas from his cross-disciplinary art practice to reveal a considered search for ‘authenticity’ in Rak’s work. While seemingly minimalist, the work has gravitas, made possible through a deep conceptual engagement with technique and the refinement and articulation of his core creative interests.
Through the artwork, Ben Rak plays with the notion of a hierarchy and chronology of painting over printmaking; in this case, which comes first, the painting or the print? He also plays with the idea that the artist’s ‘mark-making’ is intellectually based instead of incidental or accidental. Rak directly challenges the audience to consider the intention of the artist and to examine what is contained and conveyed through the work.