Saturday, February 4, 2012

First exhibitions for 2012: Svetlana Bailey and Annamarie Dzendrowskyj....

Svetlana Bailey_10-17_2010_Type C print_edition of 8_100 x 100cm

First post of the year! We are back and Artereal Gallery has officially reopened after a blissful five week summer hiatus.

Our first exhibitions for 2012, two solo exhibitions of work by Svetlana Bailey and Annamarie Dzendrowskyj, opened on Wednesday evening. The exhibition has so far been a great success and very well received, with seven works selling prior to the exhibition opening!

It has become a tradition at Artereal Gallery in recent years to dedicate our February exhibition slot to emerging artists fresh out of art school and we have kept that tradition alive in 2012.

Svetlana Bailey has just graduated from COFA in Sydney and is recently returned from China having just completed a residency at Red Gate Gallery in Beijing. Her exhibition Fog is her first solo exhibition at Artereal Gallery and features recent works which investigate the insecurity of our experience within the landscape. Through her photographic images Svetlana explores the phenomenon of fog as a portal to experiencing the transitory quality of our surroundings.

Svetlana Bailey_10-01_2010_Type C print_edition of 8_120 x 120cm

In the process of creating her works, Svetlana seeks out locations of dense fog world-wide. Having researched and selected an area she can wait around for days for the appropriate atmospheric conditions and effect and the ideal photographic opportunity. The end result are her stunning images which capture the landscape covered in fog. This landscape is revealed as a place for introspection and a time for aloneness. In fog, objects become obscured and the horizon is blanketed or hidden, which stimulates ideas of boundlessness and the uncertainty of perception. Objects lose their finiteness of appearance, and we are reminded that the reality that surrounds us may not be as permanent or solid as we try to believe.

Annamarie Dzendrowskyj_Passing Time II_2011_oil on polymer canvas_60 x 84cm

Annamarie Dzendrowskyj_Twilight Road to Bregenz II_2011_oil on polymer canvas_29 x 38.5cm

Annamarie Dzendrowskyj, another recent graduate, has just completed her Bacherlor of Fine Arts with Honours at the National Art School in Sydney. Her solo exhibition Dissolve features newly completed paintings of the Austrian landscape resulting from a recent artist residency in Austria.

Annamarie's work seeks to explore and paint that ambiguous ‘grey area’ between presence and absence in the atmospheric and haunting Austrian landscape. Her images evoke a kind of netherworld that conflates time, place, vision, and memory. An investigation into the indeterminate nature of ‘ways of seeing’ and ‘ways of being’, Annamarie's works could be metaphors for states of mind as much as they are specific sites. Her landscapes appear to simultaneously emerge and dissolve, whilst still retaining recognisable elements of imagery.

Both artists have managed to create hauntingly beautiful work that is both subtle and powerful.

Thank you to everyone who came along to the exhibition opening and made it such an enjoyable evening. If you have not yet been in to see these exhibitions, they will run until 3 March, so be sure to drop in...

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