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1. MAKERS METIER will show works by internationally renowned ar tists, including
must-see Karl Fritsch. In 2006, the New Zealand-based designer won the prestigious
Francoise van den Bosch Prize, a biennial award for international jewellery design. Karl
is renowned for his beautiful, handcrafted rings (see below) featuring precious stones
contrasted with oxidised gold and silver. His designs are often childlike, immediate and
rough, and highly desirable. Helen Britton, originally from Perth, will also feature in the
exhibition. Since completing her studies at Cur tin University in 1999, Helen moved to
Munich where she now lives and works. Preferring exquisitely coloured jewellery, her
designs are often subtly inspired by a concept of 'nature vs the industrial', and made
from etched and painted silver, onyx, and plastic. Gallery East, 94 Stirling Highway,
North Fremantle, April 9--May 2.
2. RETURN will feature five jewellery ar tists who spent their
formative years in Western Australia: Melissa Cameron, Michelle
Kelly, Regina Middleton, Belinda Newick and Robin Wells. All have
since left Perth to pursue their careers. The exhibition will explore how
the artists' place of origin and new location may be interconnected with
their jewellery. Melissa, who now lives in Melbourne, will showcase
finely detailed pieces created by laser-cutting a silver tobacco
tin and cigarette case into pendants (see pictured top).
Showcase Gallery, Central Institute of Technology,
Northbridge, April 8-29.
3. In ARTICULATE OBJECTS, Elizabeth Shaw will
exhibit her tableware, jewellery and sculptural works, which
demonstrate a strong figurative focus. The collections
will be shown alongside Jan Donaldson's similarly
applied designs, to form a considered dialogue
bet ween the ar tists. Aldas Gallery and Project
Space, Wolf Lane, Perth, April 8-15.
4. THE DARLINGS RANGE will feature
local jewellers from the Perth Hills. Julie-Ann
Ogilvie, Carrie McDowell, Katrina Virgona,
Bet ty McKeough, Kathy Aspinall and Judy Kotai will
display an innovative range of wearables and sculptural
forms. Katrina Virgona will also hold a jewellery-making
workshop focusing on felt and textiles at the Mundaring
Art Centre on March 21. Main Gallery, Mundaring Arts
Centre, March 12--April 18. For more information on other
exhibitions, visit jmgawa.com.au/otherexhibitions.
Contemporary jewellery will be on display at nine exhibitions
held in Perth to support the Jewellers and Metalsmiths Group
of Australia's national conference. Here are some favourites.
IN THE FRAME
FotoFreo is back in town, so hop it to this snappy mecca
that is expected to attract more than 70,000 people.
There is perhaps no bet ter place in WA to celebrate the magic of photography than
Fremantle. Rich in architectural beauty, with a dynamic human landscape and a chilled-out
portside vibe, the town practically screams, 'Get out the camera!' It's no surprise then that
the biennial FotoFreo festival has taken o the way it has. Since its 2002 inception, the
month-long event has more than doubled in scale and scope each time it has been held.
This year it's expected to attract more than 70,000 visitors locally and beyond, with a series
of photographic exhibitions. Other festivities include audiovisual projections, floor talks,
lectures, film screenings and workshops. It's time to dust o the old SLR people!
Above: Stranded by Amy Stein. March 20--April 18, visit fotofreo.com.
Remember this name: Yolande Bennett. She's fast
becoming someone to watch on the national scene
WA artist Yolande Bennett has quickly found interstate and international success with
her most recent body of work, Submerged Series/Inner Dimensions. Currently studying
towards her Masters Degree in Art at ECU, Yolande has already shown at the achingly
hip Broodbox Gallery in Melbourne this year, and is now exhibiting at New York's Agora
Gallery, which has featured the works of award-winning artists Kristina Zallinger and Pari
Ravan. Predominantly inspired by mindscapes, memory and reflections of the inner-self,
her paintings contrast bold, layered colour with fine, meticulous line-work. Her previous
experience in interior architecture, calligraphy and commercial art becomes especially
noticeable in her portrait series. Contemporary and culturally relevant. Pictured below:
Submerged Series 2. Opening night: May 11, Agora Gallery, New York, agora-gallery.com.
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