‘In Counterpoint’, my joint exhibition with Nino Bellantonio is currently on show at Belconnen Arts Centre. Exhibition continues until Sunday 27 June 2021.
Exhibition catalogue can be viewed at https://www.belcoarts.com.au/counterpoint/
Artworks are for sale through the gallery’s online shop here
Nino Bellantonio, an award-winning architect and emerging visual artist, and I decided to try an experiment in collaboration in the making of artworks for this exhibition. For our respective artworks to progress or continue, we each needed to respond to the other’s work. Working in this form of counterpoint, Nino and I met each month (Covid allowing) for the last 18 months, each presenting ourworks-in-progress to each other for a two-person critique. The common theme that became apparent early in the process was place-inspired art, with a particular focus on novel ecosystems - the mix of native and exotic, which results from people inhabiting new places. Nino’s work was influenced by the Black Summer fires, the COVID-19 pandemic, and readings during lockdown. Patrick White’s novel, ‘A Fringe of Leaves’ was particularly poignant, as was Jack Kerouac’s, ‘American Haiku’. The consequences of changes to the landscape wrought by colonial occupation became a topic of discussion, as was my interest in John and Elizabeth Gould’s natural history art. The results are artworks that draw upon the individual and collective process, where the work of both artists cross boundaries between collage, printmaking and photography.