October 05

BACKBURNING

Julia Boyd

Julia Boyd

As far as Canberra’s epic Centenary year goes we are in the home stretch. Its been one very big year as the posters say and thank goodness we haven’t been around for the whole 100. For the second to last show of  2013 Annika Harding has looked back over seven years of Blaze, CCAS’s annual emerging artists’ showcase, and focussed on one of the clear emerging themes. Julia Boyd, Jacqueline Bradley, Chris Carmody, Karena Keys, Trish Roan, Adam Veikkanen and Fiona Veikkanen represent a group of artists who take stuff from around the house and turn it into art. There’s deconstructed basket balls, reconstructed ski suits, cosmic corn flakes, over printed old books and records, blinds, faded curtains, stretched paint and reflecting acorns. What makes these not very special materials so great is a story of clever interpretation,  double meanings and witty transformations. Its the kind of work you look at and think – what kind of mind would think of that ? ! Backburning doesn’t answer that question but we all agree its something of a Canberra thing, perhaps  to do with staying at home during the freezing  months of winter. Whatever it is, its very amusing and could be even be viewed as conceptual entertainment. Now if that doesn’t entice you into the gallery nothing will. Backburning can be seen in all CCAS Gorman House galleries until 9 November.

Ania and Annika  Harding

Ania and Annika Harding

Elliott and Niaket

Elliott and Niaket

Cat and Tim

Cat and Tim

Louise, Gemma and Jemima

Louise, Yasmin and Jemima

Jo and Trish Roan

Jo and Trish Roan

Mat and Jac

Mat and Jac

Evan

Elliott

Jacqueline Bradley

Jacqueline Bradley

Chris Carmody

Chris Carmody

Antonia and Scott

Antonia and Scott

Kate and Heike

Kate and Heike

Adam Veikkanen

Adam Veikkanen

Fiona Veikkanen

Fiona Veikkanen

Daniel, Ann and Rachel

Daniel, Ann and Rachel