Two for the price of one on Friday night as Innerspace opened at CCAS and the Ainslie bit of the Ainslie+Gorman Arts Centres kicked off with a very reasonable party indeed. ( Ainslie looks great www.agac.com.au but the Gorman wing is in URGENT need of the same attention before it sinks into the primeval slime !) It was one of those nights when one needs to release a comprehensive apology the next day. But the photos begin with Innerspace and gradually blurr into the A+GAC party where although there were brief moments of lucidity many photos have been censored and will never be seen.
Innerspace is an exhibition of work by artists who are not especially impressed by the Universe. Christopher Bennie, Jacqueline Bradley, Ham Darroch, Shellaine Godbold, Kate Murphy, Claire Pendrigh Elliott, Rusty Peters and Jed Wolki variously present visions of the cosmos as a personal matter where Outer Space is to be found in the kitchen, nursery, the studio, back shed or the extended backyard. Materials are humble: cardboard packaging, chocolate wrappers, wool, old newspapers, trash and breakfast cereal representing grand(iose) ideas and astrophysical concepts with wry humour. Put simply, Innerspace is an exhibition that sees the notion of space grounded by the gravitational pull of prosaic imagination. Its quirky, its witty and its imaginative. Its got lots of great artists who have lots of friends so the opening went off despite confusion about what was actually happening where on Friday night. But eventually everything merged and ended up in a frenzied dance fest at A+GAC – and not a moment too soon. And Chris Bennie’s visit to Canberra is a partnership with CCAS, Photoaccess and Ainslie +Gorman Arts Centres’ Visiting Artists Program. Thanks to all people from the Gold Coast and Bunbury W.A who braved the freezing conditions to come to the opening. Innerspace at CCAS Gorman Art Centre until 15 August.