People Places Patterns
Studio 4 Artists Inc
Janette Bird, Marian Blank, Sharman Feinberg, Inga Harper, Tricia Hunt, Anne King, Peter Sank, Esther Schouten, Bee Lee Thia
26 May – 3 July 2021
Friday, 18 June 6:30-8:30 pm
Studio 4 Artists Inc – Artists’ Statement
Studio 4 Artists Inc was established as a support group for local artists who would be mostly working in isolation. They communicate regularly and each fortnight meet together for life-drawing sessions at Maroondah Federation Estate Gallery in Ringwood.
The group has been exhibiting together for ten years. In previous years, the exhibitions have been centered exclusively around the figure.
This time they are exhibiting works exploring the theme of:
People Places Patterns
Each artist has personalised the theme and translated their ideas into their artworks.
People who are ordinary, special, family or friends, people of different ethnicities from other countries; Places or spaces that are special, private, exotic, familiar, or well known; Patterns that unite, cover, mark or decorate. These chosen themes have inspired Studio 4 Artists to create their best work.
All artists have unique approaches and interpretations of this theme, their styles and art mediums are diverse and include painting, drawing and sculpture.
Valley Potters Inc
8-23 July 2021
Thursday, 8 July 6:30-8:30 pm
Elevating the Forgotten
The inspiration for Kitty Calvert’s unique assemblage sculptures, comes from a love of vintage and a desire to re-use and recycle unique pieces of discarded treasure, evoking cherished memories of childhood and making new cool stuff out of old cool stuff.
We invite the viewer to reflect on the concept of waste in the world, of recycling that waste into a new form and the potential journey each individual piece has made to its final resting place inside the sculpture. In today’s world where things are designed with obsolescence in mind, we find there is a hankering for things that last.
With the sculptures, we have given the treasure a new life. Seeing the pieces recycled, revived and restored, reimagined, reborn and reinvigorated in a way that brings new joy to a new audience.
No two sculptures are the same, each unique piece has been left in its original found state and speaks to the individual of many things. Our aim is that the sculptures give you fond memories of simpler times and transport you on your own magical journey of memory.
Kitty’s wish is to delight her audience with mischievous frivolity and quirky humor.
Xinyi Liu (Luna)
The moment when I look at a green chili in the supermarket, it transforms, from an ordinary vegetable to something very curious and captivating. That moment of encounter and transformation, is where this body of work starts. It is very much about wandering, mentally and physically, intuitive decisions, and chance.
The subjects of this series of drawings are all based on the fruits and vegetables I found interesting during my “supermarket wanders”. When making works, I am always more drawn to non-human subjects. They are less confronting and very generous. Unlike humans, they allow us to look directly, curiously, and sometimes even obsessively. And responding to our gaze, they also look back, inviting us to wonder, and imagine. Through such exchange of gaze, submerged, sometimes ineffable feelings and thoughts get to surface, and when they do, I try to capture them through drawing.
The reason why I go on such wanders and make works this way is very much like the Dadaists and Surrealists. While society stresses us very much to understand through logic, and to justify with reasons, I think the unconscious and illogical are often overlooked. Thus, instead of making a statement and convey a certain meaning through my works, I want my images to be very open. I hope people can look at my drawings not with logical minds nor through analytical lenses, but with their hearts, and through curious and naïve eyes.
81 Denmark St, Kew VIC 3101
Tuesday – Friday 12 – 6 pm
Saturday 11 – 6 pm or 3 pm on last weekend for de-install
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings by appointment
(03) 9852 8772