Julie Paterson

Cloth: From Seeds to Bloom

9 December 2017– 28 January 2018

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Cloth: From Seeds to Bloom traces 20 years of work from one of Australia’s most influential textile designers and local Blue Mountains resident, Julie Paterson.

Drawing inspiration from the Australian bush, Paterson’s stunning fabrics are a riot of colour, floral forms, and patterns. Achieving commercial success through design excellence, her designs are highly prized and sought after, with short batch productions quickly snapped up by avid collectors, interior decorators, and commercial clients.

The exhibition will focus on nine key textile groupings – the first called Seeds and the last one Bloom. Contemporary textiles commonly sit at the practical end of art and design. Cloth: Seeds to Bloom is comprised of Julie Paterson’s domestic textile objects, which take the viewer on a journey from the humble seed through to the luscious bloom.

An Australian Design Centre touring exhibition

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Julie Paterson, Cloth: From Seeds to Bloom installation view. Image courtesy the artist and Australian Design Centre.

Public Programs

SATURDAY 9 DECEMBER 11AM – 1PM
ARTIST TALKS JULIE PATERSON AND HEIDI AXELSEN & HUGO MOLINE
Free with Gallery admission ticket

Join exhibiting artists Julie Paterson, Heidi Axelsen and Hugo Moline as they discuss their current exhibitions and their artistic practice, followed by a Q&A. RSVP appreciated at Reception or 4780 5410.

 

SUNDAY 10 DECEMBER 10AM – 4PM
1 DAY LOOKDRAWPRINT WORKSHOP WITH EXHIBITING ARTIST JULIE PATERSON

Julie Paterson, the woman of Cloth, has been drawing on the local landscape as inspiration for her textile designs for over 20 years. And now she has simplified her methods and created a workshop. She calls it LookDrawPrint, an imperfect workshop for the creatively curious.

The process is dynamic, playful and productive. Over the course of a day you will explore creative mindfulness, and embrace chance and imperfection, producing your own unique prototype design directly onto fabric. Beginners are encouraged because deep down we all know that creativity is a state of mind before it becomes a skill.

$210 | $195 InSight Members. Includes all materials.

Bookings essential at Reception or 4780 5410.

 

Heidi Axelsen & Hugo Moline

The Visitors
9 December 2017– 14 January 2018

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The Visitors explores alternate means of encounter and exchange between the human and botanical worlds. Rather than simply using plants to do things for us, could we work for them? The exhibition investigates the potential of this ‘Plant agency’ in Katoomba and its surrounds.

Plants mostly seem to recede into the background, the base and stage for the lives of faster moving creatures like us. Yet we depend entirely and absolutely on the lives and labours of the plant world. We are here because they are here.

If we are their guests, we are rather inconsiderate ones. We farm them, we garden them, we prune and transplant them. We harvest them and process them. We eat them and wear them. We use their bodies to house ourselves. Like unwanted visitors we depend much on our hosts to support our endeavours and we take much more than we return.

Inhabiting a single site for a lifetime, plants seem incapable of paying any visits of their own. Perhaps if we expand our timescale beyond a singular plant we can see the way plants move not individually but across generations. Is it through their seeds that plants pay visits? Exploring new terrain and flourishing or perishing according to the conditions in which they germinate; continuing or terminating their journey accordingly.

This project explores the possibility of finding other, less extractive modes to engage with the plant world. Instead of just doing things to plants could we do things for them, or even with them. Could we become agents for plants? Real estate agents? Travel agents? Secret agents?

The exhibition comprises an investigation into the kinds of methods which may be required to make this shift. The work is envisaged as a kind of mobile training camp containing various devices to assist in the practice of ‘plant agency’.

Heidi Axelsen and Hugo Moline work across architecture, installation, social process and situated public art. Through an interest in modes of mobility, occupation and ownership, their work engages with specific places and asks if the social, political and ecological relationships could be re-framed or re-arranged.

They make objects, shelters, vehicles, tools and devices not as end products in themselves but as ‘props’ to gather together communities of concern and catalyse the formation of new relationships within a particular place or process.

A Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Exposé Program exhibition

 

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

 

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HEIDI AXELSEN & HUGO MOLINE The Visitors 2017, digital C print, 198cm x130cm. Image courtesy the artists

Public Programs

SATURDAY 9 DECEMBER 11AM – 1PM
ARTIST TALKS JULIE PATERSON AND HEIDI AXELSEN & HUGO MOLINE
Free with Gallery admission ticket

Join exhibiting artists Julie Paterson, Heidi Axelsen and Hugo Moline as they discuss their current exhibitions and their artistic practice, followed by a Q&A. RSVP appreciated at Reception or 4780 5410.

 

Moving Histories // Future Projections

20 January – 11 March 2018

Artist : John Glover (England; Australia, b.1767, d.1849)  Title : Natives on the Ouse River, Van Diemen s Land Date : 1838 Medium Description: oil on canvas Dimensions :  Credit Line : Purchased with assistance from Mr and Mrs J K Bain 1985 Image Credit Line :  Photographer Credit : Jenni Carter Accession Number : 48.1985

Moving Histories // Future Projections brings together some of Australia’s leading female contemporary artists working across screen based media including Mikala Dwyer and Justene Williams, Amala Groom, Deborah Kelly, Kate Blackmore and Jacinta Tobin, Joan Ross, Soda_Jerk, Angelica Mesiti and Caroline Garcia.

Curated by Kelly Doley and Diana Smith of collaborative artist group, Barbara Cleveland, the exhibition explores invisible pasts, forgotten narratives and repressed memories, reminding us how history is fractured by race, class and gender.

A dLux MediaArts exhibition toured by Museums & Galleries of NSW

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JOAN ROSS Colonial Grab 2014, digital animation, sound, 7.38 min. Animation and sound by Josh Raymond. Courtesy the artist and Michael Reid Gallery