PETER, ARCHIE AND HEIKE
Its hard to believe that when this current group of shows ends – the year is pretty much over. That means one more wild and crazy opening at CCAS before Christmas. Phew ! Friday night was always going to be a great opening with Peter Vandermark and Archie Moore in tow (unfortunately Hekie Qualitz is in Berlin – well perhaps not so unfortunate for her !) While Peter Maloney and Louise Paramor’s Action Stations and Eleanor Scicchitano’s On Men are very hard acts to follow Peter, Archie and Heike have sure stepped up to the plate. Peter’s Modulations is a substantial series of recent sculptural works consisting of many parts that don’t quite belong together. But in Peter’s skilful hands they make perfect sense as sometimes weird and always wonderful objects. Archie (visiting from Brisbane) imagines flags for 14 Aboriginal Nations in Queensland that were originally imagined by anthropologist RH Mathews in 1900. Originally raised in the Great Courtyard of University of Queensland these “artworks masquerading as flags” have generated their fair share of stories and trouble around protocols and who they represent. But they are art before flags, notwithstanding, the ceremonial atmosphere in the gallery. And Heike’s poetic video works in the blackened Cube explore the silence and stillness of natural environments through … movement. Modulations Peter Vandermark, 14 Queensland Nations (nations imagined by RH Mathews) and Between Coming and Going Heike Qualitz at CCAS Gorman House Galleries until 15 November.
Peter Vandermark is represented by Olsen Irwin Gallery , Sydney
Archie Moore is represented by The Commercial, Sydney