Studio night is held every sixth Thursday, from 9pm+ at 64 Crawford Rd Maylands (rear). Guest speakers are invited to speak on a subject of their choice – please feel free to bring friends (BYO drinks please).

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Nov 13: The Gallery Space – 2015 and beyond

Studio Night concludes for 2014 with Merrick Belyea facilitating a discussion on the future of the brick-and-mortar gallery in Australia. Panellists include Helen Turner (Turner Galleries), Tanya Schultz (Free Range) and Felicity Johnston (The Art Collective).
2014 calendar:
April 17th –  Johannes Luebbers + Sam Fox/Kynan Tan
May 29th –  Claire Bushby + Alex Maciver
July 10th – Lauren McCartney + Moe Beitiks
August 21st – Laura D’Olimpio + Simon Gilby
Sept 25th – Christopher Young + Mark Gerus
November 13th – Felicity JohnsonTanya Shultz + Helen Turner

Studio night is held every sixth Thursday, from 9pm+ at 64 Crawford Rd Maylands (rear). Guest speakers are invited to speak on a subject of their choice – please feel free to bring friends (BYO drinks please)

Sept 25th: Christopher Young + Mark Gerus


Christopher Young Seven #24 (2012). Lightjet Print, 640mm x 800mm.

Christopher Young is a photo-media artist. He spoke about ‘Small Town’, a series of work produced in 2012 during a self-funded residency. ‘Small Town’ represents a creative cycle and Chris will talk about his background, work that led up to this series as well as future directions in his practice.
Sol LeWitt Black Form (Dedicated to the missing Jews) Alton Hamburg, Germany 1987
Special guest Mark Gerus presented a talk in response to some key ideas in arts practice entitled Silence/Bearing Witness.

August 21st: Laura D’Olimpio + Simon Gilby

Image: The Body is a Big Place (new media installation and pig hearts performance) 5-channel video projection, heart perfusion device, single video screen, soundscape. Performance Space, Sydney, Nov 2011, ©Peta Clancy and Helen Pynor.
Aesthetics and Ethics: Can art be judged as Good or Bad? Dr Laura D’Olimpio is a lecturer in Philosophy and Ethics at The University of Notre Dame Australia. Ultimately, when examining the aestheticist/ethicist debate in philosophical aesthetics, there are two questions of relevance. The first is whether or not an artwork can be evaluated morally, and the second is whether or not a moral evaluation affects the work’s overall aesthetic value. The aesthete maintains that even if there is a moral value of an artwork, this will not (or should not) affect the artwork’s overall value which should be based solely upon its aesthetic value. However, as social creatures who produce and receive art in a context; social, moral and political meaning is imbued and interpreted as a matter of necessity in order to understand and appreciate the work. In this talk I will critically engage with the question as to whether art can be judged as morally good or bad, and if such an evaluation has any impact upon the artwork’s overall or aesthetic value.
Image: Simon Gilby Pneuma (suspended work) Charter Hall building, Perth. 10 x 6 x 6m 2013.

Simon Gilby is one of Western Australia’s leading sculptors. He will illustrate the initial concept and design development process of this public artwork, from initial experiments with molten metal, through computer generated facsimiles to the construction of the final work. ‘Pneuma aspires to describe the invisible forces of gravity and time, the forces that lend form to the organic and inorganic entities that surround us’. (attribution plaque)

July 10th: Lauren McCartney + Moe Beitiks

Beitiks Droplets 4
Image: Meghan Moe Beitiks Extended Trailer: the short film (5 mins length) 2013
Meghan Moe Beitiks analyzes perceptions of ecology though the lenses of site, history, emotions, mainstream media and her own body in order to produce work that addresses relationships with the non-human. She’s currently in residence at SymbioticA at the University of Western Australia, working with the anerobic bacteria Geobacter Sulfurreducens. 
Image: The Hula Hooping Project, Seventh Gallery (VIC). Photo: Brendan McCleary 2014
McCartney’s work explores the role of the female body as an instrument for painting to offer an alternative to the heroic ideal of the modernist male painter. Her work satirises this trope, combining the masculine gestures of action painting with the overtly feminine practices of hula hooping ​and watercolour painting. Lauren is currently a PhD candidate at Curtin University.

May 29th: Claire Bushby + Alex Maciver


Image: Claire Bushby and participant Yvonne Doherty working on cross-stitch Twitter statements for the #RT_samplr project

Claire Bushby is currently completing a MA Arts (Visual Arts) at ECU where she is focusing on multiple authorship, collective production and socially engaged practice. She discussed her project #RT_samplr and recent exhibition, TL;DR.

Image: Alex Maciver Faces, Faces Everywhere acrylic and spray paint on canvas 2013
Since arriving in Western Australia in 2011, Maciver’s oeuvre has encompassed an incredible diversity of styles and media, often blurring the line between comedy and tragedy, the grotesque and the beautiful, the critical and the empathetic. Maciver discussed his professional background and his current practice, developed from a recent residency at Fremantle Arts Centre. Maciver has produced a provocative and adventurously imaginative series of artworks that will be displayed in ‘PERF’, an exhibition of new artworks for Melody Smith Gallery in June 2014. This is the artist’s first solo presentation of artworks since he claimed the Film Freo 24 Award, part of 2014 Fringe Festival, and the prestigious 2013 Fremantle Print Award. 


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