August 01

THURSDAY AT MI6 AND PHOTOACCESS

It was one of those nights when you do the rounds and Team CCAS started at M16 Artspace where there are three excellent exhibitions. Two galleries of masterpieces  and two years of work by the very popular Nicola Dickson. Nicky’s exquisite paintings and highly refined objets d’art with an ironical colonial twist just make you feel classy allover. And that’s a hard call for some of us. Looks like Nicky is heading for a sell out. Ian Roberston takes a another great leap forward with Landscape on the Line  a fine series of concertina fold artist books in water colour based on different views of Lake George (Weereewa). Love the water level maps of Weewara on the brick panel.  In the back room there’s Vagar by Dominic Aldis, an immersive monochromatic video installation with drawing animation and “freeze” frames on glass (or was perhaps perspex). Next, it was off to Photoaccess which was totally jammed for the launch of Centenary project 100 Views of Canberra a luscious coffee table book available for sale at $49.50. In the gallery there is 110 almost exclusively picture postcard views of highly romanticised views of Canberra. Well its about time Canberra was seen in a good light and there are some very interesting takes.

Frames of Reference, Landscape on the Line and Vagar at M16 Artspace until August 18

100 Views of Canberra at Huw Davies Gallery Photoaccess

Nicol Dickson and Penny Olsen at M16

Nicola Dickson and Penny Olsen at M16

Martyn Jolly and Micky Allan at M16

Martyn Jolly and Micky Allan at M16

Ian Robertson at M16

Ian Robertson at M16

Alastair and Dominic Aldis at m16

Alastair and Dominic Aldis at M16

Harry and Oliver at M16

Harry and Oliver (oops we’re so hot we steamed up his glasses) at M16

Robert, Andre and Sam at Photoaccess

Robert, Andre and Sam at Photoaccess

Heather, Erica Hurrell and Kate Travis at Photoaccess

Heather, Erica Hurrell and Kate Travis at Photoaccess