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//////Fresh Asphalt///Hot Concrete///Perfect Turf///Glass and Aluminium//////
You can feel it in the air - the days are hot, the sunsets are huge, the sunglasses are polarised, and the tan-lines on the board-members are totally noticeable…... We’re feeling relaxed; we’re feeling
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We’re wiping the sweat off our foreheads………. We’re feeling the soles of our feet start to burn on the tarmac as we sort out the last little details for our second birthday at Canberra’s favourite display home…………….
!!!!!!Tributary Projects Gallery and Studio Space!!!!!
Our signage is polished to a high-gloss sheen; our neat little rows of ground-hugging decorative bushes are perked up and looking sharp. The fridge is full and waiting to be shared with a viewing public whose excellent taste is beyond reproach. The gallery walls gleam through the glass with the kind of confidence that only comes from being in control of valuable real estate. It’s that time of year again - with the soft golden glow of an afternoon in Fyshwick framing our cheekbones, we are excited to meet your gaze with an expression denoting health, confidence and exciting prospects for growth as we invite you to --
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-- Tributary Projects’ second fundraiser auction!!!! We had a great time last year moving and shaking, making deals, splitting dividends amongst interested parties, seeing appreciation of all kinds blossom in a healthy vertical distribution; most importantly, we loved having fun with
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as works from some of Australia’s most interesting and talented (not to mention bankable) emerging artists walked straight off the walls, and into the living rooms of Canberra’s most sharp-eyed aesthetes, collectors and art-loving property-owners (prospective or otherwise). We hope you’ll make some room for us again in your diary on the
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as we celebrate another year of making, showing and supporting emerging and experimental art in Canberra!!!! Just like last year, we’d also like to give a big thank-you to our constant collaborators at Small Tasks Press. Most of all, though, we’d like to thank you for supporting Tributary Projects and Canberran art over 2018 - we hope you’ll stick with us in 2019 as well, as some big changes are on the way!!!!!!!!
Tributary Projects would also like to acknowledge that this event will be taking place on Ngunnawal land - always was, and it always will be. Sovereignty was never ceded.
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Lorilee Yang and Shanti Shea An proceed along a path of making paintings by interrogating the origins of their chosen imagery. Drawing variously on the western cannon of art history, surroundings and cultural heritage.
Established ways of creating appearances seem to breakdown, the boundaries becoming soft edged, slippery and shifting. The fabric of physical and mental familiarity blending before us where elements from the internal world of memory, myth and story come out and interact with the observable world.
The Radical Familiar reinvigorates the traditions of still life and interior portrait with a fresh, dreamy and intimate collection of works by five contemporary artists: Anna May Henry, Jordy Kerwick, Eytan Messiah, Shanti Shea An & Thomas John Whelan. Drawing on traditions rich with history and symbolism, each artist interprets the conventional approaches to still life and interiors in alluring and innovative ways.
Spectrum showcases the work of ANU School of Art and Design alumni exploring saturation, hue and the intricacies of colour within their art practice, and how such dynamic use of the spectrum can create atmospheric feeling within vibrational visual arenas. Through investigation into the ways colour is expressed within a variety of mediums, we can consider the symbolic narrative the spectrum plays in our 21st century lives, and meditate upon its impact within our psyche.
Curated by Natasha McDonald.
Jane Gerrish | Adam Oste | Shanti Shea An | Lilli Stromland
Four artists explore the art of looking through painting and drawing.
Intimate and enclosed compositions offer glimpses of individual perspectives and the subjective gaze of others in Collab’s final show at Pine Street.
2017 marks the 40th anniversary of the ANU School of Art & Design. Over these four decades the school has been called home by thousands of artists of all ages and stages of their careers, from all over the world.
Over two separate shows two weeks apart, Ruby Honours 1 + 2 aims to celebrate this rich history by exhibiting just some of the many highlights from recent and current Honours students across the many different media that the school excels in today.
No Newness is part of a continuing exploration into the subject of interiority and intimacy in painting. These small-scale works depict interior settings, daily rituals and obscured, unknowable figures engaged in quiet activity. Here the subject of interiority becomes intertwined with that of the familiar and the everyday. In John Berger’s essay “The Place of Painting,” he writes that when objects from the outside world are painted, they are ‘arranged as if they constituted an interior, as if they were side by side with the intimate.’
What does it mean to know a place or a person from the inside? Certain images resist definition by constantly pointing to other places and times (elsewheres). In particular, images of home resist finality and conclusion.
Shanti Shea An is a recent graduate of the ANU School of Art and Design, graduating from the painting workshop in 2016 with a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours). She was awarded The Front Gallery and Café Exhibition Award as a part of the Emerging Artist Support Scheme (EASS).
Special thanks to The Front for their generous support and to the Emerging Artist Support Scheme for making this exhibition possible.
 John Berger, “The Place of Painting,” in The Sense of Sight (New York: Vintage, 1985), 214.
Shanti Shea An's work explores the role of intimacy and touch in painting. Working in both figuration and abstraction, she looks at how images of love are both experienced and “read” through our understanding of language and narrative. Other Loves is a collection of recent paintings and drawings on theme of love as both an emotion and an activity. While these have been informed by historical interpretations, they are also reflections on the contemporary experience of romance.