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DEAN SMITH: PINK TERRACES

04-Apr-2017 - 22-Apr-2017
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We are delighted to present Dean Smith's second solo exhibition with Alcaston Gallery - his most adventurous and important exhibition to date. A masterful ceramic artist, Smith has achieved global recognition for his sculptural ceramics and technically complex glazing techniques. 

Of his forthcoming exhibition the artist states: 

The Pink Terrace was once a large and beautiful silica deposit in New Zealand, created by chance and destroyed by chance, possibly by an eruption of Mount Tarawera.   A place exists and then doesn’t exist.    For this exhibition I have made some slab-built vessels, moving away from the familiarity of the wheel-thrown form as the sole basis for my work. As I build the work my thoughts are around structures, chambers or tombs - permanent structures housing the impermanent/ the permanent structure erased by the forces of nature/beauty and fragility.    - Dean Smith, 2017   Dean Smith was a finalist in the 2016 Biennial North Queensland Ceramic Art Award and is currently a finalist in the 8th Talent Award of the Nassauische Sparkasse at the Keramikmuseum Westerwald, Höhr-Grenzhausen, Germany.   Pink Terraces will be open by Jennifer Kalionis, Director, Castlemaine Art Museum, Saturday 8 April 2 - 4 pm.      Contact us for further information     

The Extractive Frontier: Mining for Art at Alcaston Gallery

29-Mar-2017 - 22-Apr-2017
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Colonial history can be viewed as a series of frontier encounters based around extractive economies. How are these economies – social, commercial, creative and political – reflected in art? This exhibition of new and existing works explores both the artistic heritage and contemporary manifestations of the act of ‘digging’ in former and current mining towns. What is found and what is lost in the process of excavation? Taking mining as a metaphor, the artists represented in this exhibition (from places as geographically and culturally diverse across Australia and beyond as Yirrkala, Northern Territory, Castlemaine, Victoria, and New Guinea) explore multiple themes implicit in the act of mineral exploration and exploitation: scarring, layering, excavating, prospecting, exchange, power, custody, resources, home, land, destruction and renewal. 

After exhibiting across three sites as part of the Castlemaine State Festival - Castlemaine Art Museum, Lot 19 and Castlemaine Market Building - from 18 - 26 March 2017, Alcaston Gallery is delighted to exhibit selected works from The Extractive Frontier: Mining for Art at our Melbourne gallery.

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The Extractive Frontier: Mining for Art at Castlemaine Art Museum

18-Mar-2017 - 09-May-2017
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Colonial history can be viewed as a series of frontier encounters based around extractive economies. How are these economies – social, commercial, creative and political – reflected in art? This exhibition of new and existing works explores both the artistic heritage and contemporary manifestations of the act of ‘digging’ in former and current mining towns. What is found and what is lost in the process of excavation? Taking mining as a metaphor, the artists represented in this exhibition (from places as geographically and culturally diverse across Australia and beyond as Yirrkala, Northern Territory, Castlemaine, Victoria, and New Guinea) explore multiple themes implicit in the act of mineral exploration and exploitation: scarring, layering, excavating, prospecting, exchange, power, custody, resources, home, land, destruction and renewal. 

The Extractive Frontier: Mining for Art is staged over three sites: Castlemaine Art Museum, Lot 19 and Castlemaine Market Building. 

Castlemaine Art Museum days and hours of opening can be viewed here

Full program can be viewed on the Castlemaine State Festival website

Image: Shirley Macnamara and Nathaniel Macnamara, Cu, Hand coiled copper wire and raw copper, 22 x 25 cm. 

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SHIRLEY MACNAMARA
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7  March – 8 May 2017
Honolulu, Hawaii, USA 

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